If you enjoyed our last event: African Americans and Jews: Through Music, Living the American Potential, then you'll love Body and Soul: An American Bridge!
Learn more about the combined history of musicians of color and musicians of Jewish heritage through the fascinating story of this American jazz story:
"Examining the fascinating history of the titular jazz standard, Body and Soul: An American Bridge explores the fraternity and conflict between African American and Jewish American musicians that left an indelible mark on this country’s cultural history.Created by Jewish composer Johnny Green in 1929, the song was introduced on Broadway by Jewish torch singer, Libby Holman, and ushered into the jazz canon by Louis Armstrong. Four years later, successful recording by the Benny Goodman Trio, which included Black pianist Teddy Wilson, led to the historic smashing of the color barrier in popular music."
Tickets can be purchase here:
Saturday, May 20, 4:30 pm
Bethesda Row Cinema
7235 Woodmont Avenue
Sunday, May 21, 12:00 pm
1529 16th Street NW
The Foundation for Jewish Studies is thrilled to help celebrate the 27th Washington Jewish Film Festival. The WJFF is back for its 27th edition running May 17-28. This year’s lineup features international films spanning various genres – from heart-tugging romances and sidesplitting comedies, to fast-paced thrillers and insightful documentaries. The Festival will bring notable filmmaker guests to the nation’s capital including Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Good Morning, Vietnam), Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, In Darkness), and Amy Heckerling (Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High).
Visit WJFF.ORG for a full lineup of films.
Co-presented with Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington and The Hamilton DC