The closing weekend of the TriBeCa Film Festival happens to coincide with an extraordinary annual event: Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival where 15 high school jazz bands from across North America wow audiences and Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, with their interpretations of the work of the great Duke Ellington. A world premiere at the TriBeCa Film Festival, CHOPS follows three such bands, two from Seattle, one from Jacksonville, Florida, as they prepare for and compete in the 2006 Essentially Ellington event. While CHOPS is a natural draw for jazz-lovers, it's equally compelling for anyone new to the sound. We can report that the film affected us on many levels, but most profoundly as New Yorkers who perhaps regret having squandered our adolescence.
Steven Cooper, email@example.com
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Thu. April 26th at 10:00am, Clearview Chelsea West
(PRESS/INDUSTRY) *Press conference with the filmmakers and Wynton Marsalis to follow at 11:45am*
Mon. April 30th at 6:00pm, Clearview Chelsea West Theater 1
Tue. May 1st at 4:30pm, AMC 34th Street (add'l PRESS/INDUSTRY)
Tue. May 1st at 7:15pm, AMC 34th Street Theater 12
Fri. May 4th at 10:45am, AMC 34th Street Theater 14
Sat. May 5th at 10:30am, AMC Kips Bay Theater 14
Director Bruce Broder will be in New York for the duration of the festival, while two high school Jazz bands featured in the film are back for this year's competition, which coincides with the festival's closing weekend.