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Jazz in the Diamond District (2008)

R | | Drama | 2008 (USA)
When Jasmine "Jazz" Morgan loses her mother to a long-time battle with lung cancer, she can only focus on one thing - becoming a famous singer. Ignoring the wishes of her father, Blair ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Monique Cameron ...
Jasmine Morgan
Gabriel Marx
Blair Morgan
Erica Chamblee ...
Leah Morgan
Andre Strong ...
Kenny Burns ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Bailey ...
Elisha Efua Bartels ...
Donna Jones
Gunita Jansone Black ...
Eric Brooks ...
Male Patron 1
William Chambers ...
Cameron Chamblee-Lee ...
Young Jazz
Ruth Chamblee-Lee ...
Willow Morgan
Marcus Clark ...
DLB Percussion Player
Nightclub Dancer


When Jasmine "Jazz" Morgan loses her mother to a long-time battle with lung cancer, she can only focus on one thing - becoming a famous singer. Ignoring the wishes of her father, Blair Morgan a strict doctor who prefers that she return to college, Jazz spends the summer entrenched in the hyper-sexualized, drug-influenced DC music scene, dragging along her younger, more naive, sister Leah). One night, after an impromptu audition, Jazz is invited to join a popular go-go band managed by a charismatic barber, Gabe and supported with drug money provided by the lead MC, Flight. With ease, she falls in line with the band and in love with the stage and together they all reach new heights of popularity. But just as quickly as her success rises, so does the pressure and Jazz recklessly tries to maintain control. Written by anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use and a scene of sexual assault


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$5,107 (USA) (24 April 2009)


$5,107 (USA) (24 April 2009)

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Excellent, Touching and Soulful Film
16 November 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Excellent, Touching and Soulful Film This film is fresh. Coming out of Washington DC, it tells a familiar tale of personal discovery and conflict, decisions and priorities set against a uniquely DC music scene. Refreshing in that it does not trivialize the experience of young people by putting them all into the same box. Acting is excellent and the omnipresent musical backdrop is great. Definitely worth seeing this film!!

A number of first-timers were involved in Jazz in the Diamond District, a coming-of-age film set in Washington, so perhaps they can be forgiven for not realizing how tired this general plot line is: one or more young people see stardom as a way up and out, and have enough talent that they might make it, but drugs, guns and/or pregnancy intervene. Some dreams will be realized, some dashed, but audiences, having been dragged through this story too many times, won t care which. That said, there are a couple of reasons to stick with this film. The main one is the music, which isn t jazz (that refers to Jasmine, a singer who s looking for her break) but the Washington brand of funk known as go-go. The club scenes pulsate with it, and it gets in your bones quickly. Also worthwhile are some attention-getting performances by unknown actors. André Strong, as the frontman of a go-go group, has some crackling scenes with a far more experienced actor, Wood Harris, the band s booker. And Erica Chamblee (who conceived the story) is intriguing as Jasmine s younger sister, Leah, who has performing dreams of her own. Ms. Chamblee is good enough that she almost makes you believe that a teenager could grow up in a tough city like Washington and still be as naïve as Leah is.

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