THE SAVOY KING: CHICK WEBB & THE MUSIC THAT CHANGED AMERICA
Featuring COREY HAWKINS voicing the words of Chick Webb, JANET JACKSON as Ella Fitzgerald, JOHN LEGEND as Duke Ellington, BILLY CRYSTAL as Mezz Mezzrow, TYNE DALY as Helen Oakley Dance, ANDY GARCIA as Mario Bauzá, RON PERLMAN as Gene Krupa, EUGENE ROBINSON as Teddy McRae, DANNY GLOVER as Count Basie, BILLY PORTER as Dizzy Gillespie, KEITH DAVID as Charles Buchanan, SUNPIE BARNES as Barney Bigard, VOZA RIVERS as Sandy Williams, CHARLIE WATTS as Stanley Dance, and narration by ROCKY CARROLL.
Interviews, dancing, and singing with: Van Alexander, Louie Bellson, Ray Brown Jr., Dr. Richard Gale, Roy Haynes, John Isaacs, Gertrude Jeannette, Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Dr. Muriel Petioni, Brad Rowe, Joe Wilder, and Rev. Edward Wilson
“Chick Webb could swing it, baby. He out swung everything that could be swung. He fought a war with music and dance, and that’s what opened the doors!” - Swing dance legend Norma Miller
THE SAVOY KING trailer
"The Savoy King is an important contribution to our history. I highly recommend this film.”
- Harry Belafonte
"The Savoy King is a wonderful film - Jeff Kaufman has made one of the great musical documentaries of our time."
- music and film critic Gary Giddins
“I had a ball watching The Savoy King. Kudos! This is a masterpiece!"
- Grammy & Tony Award-winning Dee Dee Bridgewater
"The director weaves an aesthetic tapestry that puts most likeminded non-fiction efforts to shame, so gracefully capturing the atmosphere of the 1930s swing scene that the film truly earns the term ‘immersive.’ It's a comprehensive documentary that never feels like a school lesson, conveying the rollicking spirit of its subject with a liveliness and joy that elucidates how an artist might, as in Chick's case, give everything - including his life - for his art.”
- The Village Voice
"The Savoy King is enjoyable and convincing . . . the vibrant doc is rewarding for any Swing fan and, given some colorful and heartstring-pulling elements, will likely inspire filmmakers in the audience to wonder about biopic rights."
will likely inspire filmmakers in the audience to wonder about biopic rights."
- The Hollywood Reporter
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