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The Jazzman (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | August 2009 (Canada)
The Jazzman is a journey through the life of jazz drummer John Kaddly as he struggles to make a name for himself in the shadow of his jazz musician father.

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Josh Koffman

Writer:

Josh Koffman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Ironside ... Bernie Kaddly
Victoria Snow ... Karen Kaddly
Max Dreesen Max Dreesen ... Young John Kaddly
Michael Dunston Michael Dunston ... Miles
Louis Di Bianco ... Murray Rose
Rebecca Amare ... Rachel
Corey Sevier ... John Kaddly
David Boyce David Boyce ... Mr. Sauriol
Michael Harrison Michael Harrison ... Ryan
Natalie Krill ... Jamie
Cory Lee ... Wendy
Bruce Beaton ... Paul
John Baktis John Baktis ... Dan
Laura Vandervoort ... Sara
Christian Potenza ... Steve
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Storyline

John Kaddly grew up around live jazz music, his father, Bernie Kaddly, being a jazz tenor saxophonist, John who went to hear his father play live at Toronto jazz clubs even when he was a child. Despite this life barely making ends meet for their family, John nonetheless has always dreamed of making a living as a musician, specifically as a drummer. Bernie instilled in John a sense of discipline when it came to music, it being the competitive world that it is, with only the cream rising to the top in the limited opportunities. John is now estranged from his parents, the final straw being his mother, Karen Kaddly, making him feel like what he calls a "f***-up" in her desire for him to focus more attention on his schooling than just the drums, something he saw no need for in his drive to be a musician, first, last and in the middle. That fight with his mother led to him dropping out of school and moving out of the house. John has found that the life for which he aspires has not been easy... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Music. Hardship. Love.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 2009 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A dzsesszember See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Goofs

Early in the recording session, Bernie's breathing pattern does not match the music (i.e. Bernie comes in late when the music has already started). See more »

Soundtracks

Devil's Brew
Composed by Moe Koffman
Performed by Moe Koffman
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Average Canadian Film
20 November 2014 | by jkosteSee all my reviews

I typically enjoy Canadian films however I cannot really recommend The Jazzman because I find the acting (particularly Corey Sevier) poor for the most part. I also find the storyline not well developed, I found it too sparse. I realize there must have been a tight budget but the overall cinematography seems constrained and narrowly focused to me. I never felt a connection to the actors or the story while watching.

I do agree that the music was great and in some cases superb and that it helps the movie become more palatable. I think the storyline can be re-interpreted and possibly reworked for a remake of this movie that will make it a bigger success.


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