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Grant Green documentary released – at last

still close up
In 1995, Grant Green Jr. walked through a St. Louis graveyard in which his father, the late guitarist, is buried. This is a still from the just released film on Grant Sr’s life.

Since 1994, I have been working on getting a film about the late jazz guitarist Grant Green to the marketplace. In addition to being the most recorded artist for Blue Note, American’s first indie jazz label, he’s the father of my former husband Grant Jr. (not to be confused with his brother Greg who performs professionally under that name).

Well, today I finally released that film on Vimeo.

And if God doesn’t have a sense of humor in regards to this feat, who does because no sooner had I released it, I walked outside and my present husband is playing Van Morrison’s “Being Green” on vinyl in our garage.

Seriously folks, I hear people talk about this or that project being a labor of love. I know this now first hand after still seeing the ups and downs of trying to get a film to the marketplace.

I will keep this short for now and simply say: we did it.

Please support indie filmmaking.

Please support this treasure chest we call jazz.

Please check out yet another universal story on a child’s search for a parent, in this case, via the memories of many.

And if there’s any question about his impact over the years, just check out whosampled.com and type in his name.

His guitar licks appear on the work of everyone from A Tribe Called Quest to Kendrick Lamar.

See, too, his amazing playing on his last record before his untimely death at the age of 43 in 1979. There are many reasons why the Grammy Award-winning guitarist George Benson calls this man his favorite guitarist. Perhaps you might someday, too.

A behind the scenes look at the journey toward completing this film can be found here.

 

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