This is by far one of the coolest opportunities I’ve been lucky enough to stumble across in the course of this project. And also the hardest to edit. A friend (Sirek) put me in touch with Jeremy and his wife, us four met up for a couple of drinks and a dose of cynicism, and this project was born that night. Really, they were just kind enough to give me and my camera all access to their really special evening. I’m really grateful for that.
Jeremy and his Atrium Jazz Ensemble joined together with members of the prestigious Lincoln Center Jazz Musicians to perform pieces composed by Jeremy himself. They met and practiced four hours before their showtime for 30 minutes, and then proceeded to rip for almost two hours when the time came. I felt feeble against such giant talent. Wynton Marsalis, who is what Jeremy refers to as “the last remaining Jazz celebrity”, was around all night and was a total sport when he noticed me filming him out of the corner of his eye. Thanks for that, Wynton.
As I sat down to string this thing together this week, I was really overwhelmed by how much footage I had captured, and how rich the subjects were. In fact, I lost sleep over the best way to tell this story in the very limited timeframe I had to do so. I’ve still got at least 10 different ways to unfold this jangling around in my head, but this is the way I choose. I hope you enjoy it.