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Finding Carlton - The Story of Jazz In India

Finding Carlton - The Story of Jazz In India
Finding Carlton tells the unknown and mesmerizing story of a bygone age of jazz in India through the moving portrait of one of its last survivors, the guitarist, Carlton Kitto. A maverick dedicated to pure jazz, particularly bebop, Carlton, 68, is an unsung cultural custodian who has nurtured hundreds of young musicians in the jazz idiom, and who still plays to half-empty Calcutta hotels. Finding Carlton uncovers, through archival material and poignant encounters with other artists, including Louiz Banks, an untold story of cultural cross-pollination: born of pre-war African-American diaspora, American Army presence in Calcutta during the Second World War; and of US State Department sponsored jazz tours in India. The film also illuminates the influence of American jazz on Bollywood. Artfully edited in a rhythmic, multi-layered, warmly intimate and affectionate style, Finding Carlton revives the intense power of a largely undocumented jazz movement, weaving memory, concert footage and expert commentary with scenes of moving reunion between elder Indian jazz pioneers. Centered on Carlton?s idiosyncratic lifestyle, it progressively gathers force to relate the story of an entire Indian jazz generation.
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