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Jazz in Film Music

A look at 4 ways in which jazz scoring is used to enhance the subtext of film.

Rex Amend

on 15 September 2014

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Transcript of Jazz in Film Music

Jazz in Film Music
Rarely represents pastoral scene
Racially Conscious
Character assignments: "Cool"
Jazz is engrained in our musical language
"Absolute" view of jazz is not realistic
Jazz + Subtext
Jazz in mainstream culture
"Narrative Film Music", Gorbman
Musical Codes
Cultural Codes
"Mo' Better Blues" (1990)
-Branford Marsalis Quintet
"The Aviator" (2004)
-"Big Band Era" Swing
Root of the word "Jazz"
"Anatomy of a Murder", Duke Ellington score
Character assignment: seductive
"Venue" Assignment
Lilting meter, saxophone is the cliche seductive instrument
"Anatomy of a Murder" 1959
-Duke Ellington
Spy/Detective genre
Henry Mancini
John Barry
Quincy Jones
Musical Codes
Sets, references, laments, celebrates an era in history
Used to denote a "period"
Often tied to Patriotism
"The Pink Panther" (1963)
-Henry Mancini
"When the Levees Broke" (2006)
-Terence Blanchard
"Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery" (1997)
-Quincy Jones
"From Russia With Love" (1963)
-John Barry
43', 1:57'
Modern Jazz Film Composers
Ron Jones (Star Treck, Family Guy), Michael Giacchiono (The Incredibles), Gordon Goodwin (National Treasure)
Merging symphonic w/ Jazz
(Much like Ravel, Milhaud, Ravel, Debussy, Gershwin, Copland)
"The Incredibles" (2004)
-Michael Giacchino
"Star Trek" (2009)
-Ron Jones
"Family Guy Theme"
-Ron Jones
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