Southern Crossing (1981)

Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - Australia  |  
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Rather than a film with a storyline or narrative theme, Southern Crossing records five days of jazz performances in Sydney, Australia by notables such as the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Herbie Mann & the Family of Mann, the Les McCann Band, Howie Smith & the Jazz Co-op, and others. The challenge in producing this 92-minute version of a five-day event lay in the editing of 50,000 feet of film, helped in part by coercing the musicians to wear the same outfits in all their performances so separate nights could be spliced together without any apparent break in time. The result is a condensation of the music and its performances that captures the excitement, entertainment, and inspiration of the longer concerts at their best.