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"Jazz Seen" is an exploration of the life of William Claxton, whose photographs turned the world of jazz on its keen and perceptive ear... See more » | Add synopsis »
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William Claxton ... Himself
Peggy Moffitt ... Herself
Chico Hamilton ... Himself

John Frankenheimer ... Himself

Vidal Sassoon ... Himself
Glyn Callingham ... Himself

Dennis Hopper ... Himself

Benedikt Taschen ... Himself
Steve Crist ... Himself

Burt Bacharach ... Himself
Jacky Terrasson ... Himself

Cassandra Wilson ... Herself
Russ Freeman ... Himself
Herman Leonard ... Himself
William Gottlieb ... Himself
Jim Rakete ... Himself
Helmut Newton ... Himself

Kurt Elling ... Himself
David Fahey ... Himself
Benny Carter ... Himself

Diana Krall ... Herself
Russell Malone ... Himself
Christopher Claxton ... Claxton in 1955, 1958
Alicia Ruiz ... Peggy in 1958
Simon LaComte ... Claxton as young boy with camera
Patrick McHenry-Kroetch ... Tom
Ian J. McNeely ... Claxton, Age 6
Kate Vander Wende ... Claxton's Mother (as Kate Vila)
Jeremy Gable ... Claxton's Older Brother
Kathryn Strom ... Claxton's Little Sister
Tom Nash ... Doctor
Wade Town ... Richard Bock
Matt Buckler ... Frogman
Jon Jordan ... Lawyer
Kari Forsen ... Female Model
Tarsolen Greer ... Female Model
Lorenzo Herrman ... Male Model
Steven Watts ... Charlie Parker
Kimberly Suskind ... Shirley Temple
Richard Gates ... Duke Ellington
Shannon Alert ... Marlene Dietrich
Ron Varela ... Master of Ceremony
Albert Everette ... Louis Armstrong
Jim Swoboda ... Waiter
Jason Belvins ... Gerry Mulligan
Elwon Bakly ... Chet Baker
Brian Spraggins ... Chico Hamilton

Kevin Partridge ... Bob Whitlock
Chris Claxton ... Himself
Teddy Edwards ... Himself

Directed by
Julian Benedikt 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christopher M. Allan 
Julian Benedikt 

Produced by
Rich Cowan .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Matthew James Clark 
William Rexer 
Film Editing by
Andrew Hulme 
Michael Werluschnig 
Production Design by
Vincent DeFelice 
Production Management
Ian Kennedy .... production manager
Art Department
Kate Vander Wende .... set designer
Sound Department
Pierre Brand .... re-recording mixer
Bernd Popella .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Andreas Teichert .... colorist
Camera and Electrical Department
Lorenz Haarmann .... director of photography: additional photography
Mike Vukas .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Marinko Spahic .... assistant editor

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
An documentary different from the rest!, 6 October 2001
Author: Cinema Buff from United States

William Claxton is a name that is known throughout the world of jazz. There isn't a magazine about jazz that hasn't printed a picture by him, a jazz record label that hasn't used a cover by him, and a photography book that isn't complete without one of his pictures in it. He captured the soul of jazz like no other.

In "Jazz Seen", we find out stories about Claxton, what people think about his work (all good, I assure you), and interesting facts about his life.

This documentary was directed by Julian Benedikt, who proved in his earlier film "Blue Note" that he loves jazz dearly, and therefore loves Claxton's work. The documentary uses little stock footage and no voiceover narration from some celebrity. This fact alone distinguishes it from most of the documentaries out there. All we hear is Claxton, the people who knew him, and the sweet sound of jazz. It makes for a more riveting documentary.

While the documentary is slow at parts, it still keeps one's interest throughout its 90 minute length (with commercials when watching it on Bravo). It provides an interesting look at jazz that isn't often seen...the eye.

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