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American Blue Note -- It's 1961 and Jack Solow dreams of having his own band playing the jazz clubs of New York City.  His reality is auditions that lead to gigs at weddings and out of town dives.  He's got one year to make it or the band will dissolve.


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Jack, Nat, Jerry, Lee and Tommy play jazz in small clubs, but only one of them will reach success. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Peter MacNicol ... Jack Solow
Carl Capotorto ... Jerry

Tim Guinee ... Bobby
Bill Christopher-Myers ... Lee

Jonathan Walker ... Tommy
Charlotte d'Amboise ... Benita
Louis Guss ... Abe Katz

Zohra Lampert ... Louise

Margaret Devine ... Sharon

Trini Alvarado ... Lorraine
Sam Behrens ... Nat Joy

Eddie Jones ... Sean Katz
Maury Cooper ... Popi
Jeff Weiss ... Uncle Leon
James Puig ... Jimmy

Mel Johnson Jr. ... Ron

Roma Maffia ... Marie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stephen Jordan ... Bartender

Todd McDurmont ... Groom

Directed by
Ralph Toporoff 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gilbert Girion  story
Gilbert Girion 
Ralph Toporoff  story

Produced by
Gilbert Girion .... associate producer
Bill Hart .... associate producer
Ralph Toporoff .... producer
Original Music by
Larry Schanker 
Cinematography by
Joey Forsyte 
Film Editing by
Jack Haigis 
Casting by
Stanley Soble 
Production Design by
Charles M. Lagola 
Art Direction by
Katherine Frederick 
Costume Design by
Nina Canter 
Makeup Department
Nina Port .... makeup department head
Production Management
Dennis Kiely .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Liston .... assistant director
Sound Department
Robert A. Sacchetti .... boom operator
Dale Whitman .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Melvin Pukowsky .... dolly grip
Music Department
Jack Haigis .... music editor
Larry Schanker .... music arranger

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Pleasant little slice of life, 1 September 2002
Author: frankfob from California

Peter MacNicol plays the leader of a small-time East Coast jazz quintet in the 1960s, who tries to get the band out of playing small-time clubs and into bigger and better bookings. The trouble is that the band isn't really all that good; the other members think of it more as a hobby than a vocation, something that doesn't sit well with MacNicol. This is a pleasant little low-budgeter, atmospheric but not showy, and with a seat-of-the-pants attitude about it. MacNicol is a bit too mannered sometimes, and there are no real dramatic highs or lows; it moves along at a pretty even keel, with a sort of "Diner" flavor about it. The cast is mostly unknown but does a good job. Charlotte D'Amboise has a nice turn as a ballet teacher to whom MacNicol finds himself attracted, and there's a neat bit towards the end of the picture when the band is playing at a bigger club than they're used to and find themselves backing up a singing "birthday boy." A nice little movie overall, nothing flashy, but well-made with a good story and interesting characters. Well worth a look.

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