Djerassi Films presents RESURRECTION! Airto Moreira and Preservation Hall Jazz Band
With a premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival, Djerassi Films will present Resurrection! Airto Moreira and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
In this new documentary, producer / director Dale Djerassi brings together two powerful forces in the jazz world and takes us behind the scenes as acclaimed percussionist Airto Moreira joins the Preservation Hall Jazz Band during Mardi Gras in the Big Easy.
Airto Moreira is a world famous jazz drummer and percussionist from Brazil who showed great talent from an early age.
In his twenties, he traveled to the United States in pursuit of Flora Purim, the woman he fell in love with, who left Brazil to sing Bossa Nova with saxophonist Stan Getz. Over the years, Airto has become a major musical figure by bringing his Brazilian percussions to American jazz. His credits range from records, performances and compositions with Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter and many other notable artists to recording his own solo records.
Fifty years after arriving in the United States, facing a number of personal challenges, Airto was depressed.
Preservation Hall was established in 1961 in the French Quarter of New Orleans as a place where traditional New Orleans jazz musicians, who struggled to keep their music alive, could perform. Over the years, Preservation Hall has become a revered part of New Orleans culture, where a group of venerable talented New Orleans musicians have continued to perform.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, founded by tuba player Allan Jaffe, began touring extensively and achieved a high level of recognition. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band received the National Medal of Arts, with this quote: “With enormous talent and pride, this ageless ensemble has toured the world displaying the unbreakable spirit of New Orleans and sharing the joy of New Orleans jazz with us all. “
Filmmaker and jazz enthusiast Dale Djerassi attended four evenings of Preservation Hall Jazz Band performances at the SF Jazz Center, the premier jazz venue in San Francisco. Each evening a different musical guest would perform with the band.
On the last night, Dale approached Ben Jaffe, Creative Director, as well as tuba and bassist of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, to ask if they had ever considered playing with Airto Moreira as a guest. Ben was excited about the idea and invited Airto to come to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, with his accomplished daughter and jazz singer Diana Purim, and her husband, hip hop artist and bandmate Krishna Booker, performing. together under the name of Diana Purim and Eyedentity. .
In the film, Dale Djerassi documents how these powerful forces in the jazz world come together to create a once-in-a-lifetime event – following them from their first meeting in Congo Square on Mardi Gras morning to their arrangements, rehearsals. and performances at the legendary Conservation Hall the following night. Taking the viewer behind the scenes, Dale Djerassi navigates the musical alchemy of this encounter and observes how music rekindles Airto’s passion for performance.
This magical Mardi Gras musical encounter led to the announcement of a new album by Diana Purim & Eyedentity on the Ropeadope label, coming later this fall, titled “Pais Da Maravilha (Wonderland)” with a single with the Preservation Jazz Band Hall.
It is music as medicine for the soul!
The world premiere of this film will take place at the Woodstock Film Festival on October 3 at 1 p.m. ET. Additionally, the film will be available for viewing for the virtual festival starting September 29 here.
About Dalé Djerassi:
Dale Djerassi, president of Djerassi Films Inc., produces and directs documentary films, including “Nada Será Como Antes (Nothing Will Be As It Was)”, about jazz musicians Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, “Bhutan – A Strange Survival “, on a Buddhist kingdom,” Oil on Ice “, on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (winner of the IDA Pare Lorentz award), and” Koko – The Talking Gorilla “, on the gorilla speaking sign language. He was also the producer of ’68, an independent feature film set in San Francisco.
He sits on the board of directors of SFILM and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, both in California.