A recent documentary on the life of jazz greats, The Jazz Bodies, was produced by Black History Directors Jodi Arias and Jodie Avery.
In addition to featuring the voices of the musicians, the film explores the history of jazz through jazz musicians and their contemporaries.
We talked to Arias about her involvement with the project and the ways her work has influenced the film.
Jodi Aria and Jodi Avery in The JazzBodies (YouTube)When Arias first got the idea to produce a documentary about jazz, she wanted to get the voices and perspectives of jazz musicians into the film, as she felt that it was important to hear from these people.
“I thought, I want to talk to the musicians that I have heard, and I want the people who have written about them and watched them live,” Arias told Ars.
“If I can bring those voices and those perspectives into this film, I think that it’s going to be much more than just a piece of music, it’s really going to help you understand the music.”
Arias wanted to know how to create a documentary that was relevant to people who didn’t have the experience to hear the music, but who were interested in learning about it.
Arias, who has directed a number of documentaries for The History Channel, said she wanted the documentary to be as accessible as possible to people without the knowledge or the context to appreciate jazz.
The first thing that you need to do is have a really good eye, and then make sure that the director is really interested in making a documentary.
You have to make sure he has a really deep understanding of the music and he has the knowledge and experience to understand the history and understand how it works, Arias said.
She was initially hesitant to make the film but ultimately decided to make it because it was something that she felt really connected to.
Aria said that she didn’t know what to expect from the film when she first pitched it to the producers, but she was pleasantly surprised when they were so supportive of her idea.
“They were like, we think you have a great idea, we like what you’re doing, but it has to be something that we think can help the community,” Aria recalled.
The film’s producers, Alex Lauer and Adam Risch, asked Arias if she would be willing to participate in the production of the film and provide her voice as well.
Arius, who is an Emmy-nominated producer, said that the project was one of her favorite projects she’s ever done.
“I think it was just such an exciting thing for me to do,” she said.
“It was such a fun project, and it’s something that I would love to continue doing.”
Arias said that her experience as a producer of documentaries is “not so much about the production but the idea that I’m involved in making things, which is very unique for me.”
She said that producers often ask for input on what the documentary should be about.
For The Jazz Body, Aria wanted to focus on the musicians who made the film a part of their history.
“When I think about the musicians on the film who were a part a part, they’re all my friends,” she told Ars, referring to the members of the Jazz Body group, which included pianist Elsie Williams, saxophonist Charlie Patton, and drummer Bill Withers.
The documentary is also dedicated to all of the jazz musicians who were part of the group, Ariah said.
In order to understand why these musicians were so important, Arians wanted to capture their lives and the impact they had on the music they made.
“We wanted to explore how the music was being played,” Arians said.
Her goal with the film was to “tell the story of how jazz was played,” but also to capture the impact that these musicians had on people.
Arians also wanted to reflect on the role of African Americans in jazz history, something that is often lost to the public eye.
“Black people are often told that they don’t have a place in jazz, and that’s because it’s not in black culture,” Arius said.
But Arias explained that the music itself was an important part of black culture.
“The music that we hear, that is something that makes us feel good,” Aris said.
Ariases goal was to tell the story “through the eyes of these black musicians.”
Ariases documentary takes a look at jazz musicians from a historical perspective.
She focused on the careers of the members and the history behind them.
“These musicians really had a huge impact on the culture of the time, and they have a lot of influence on our culture today,” Ariis said.
For example, jazz musician and educator Albert Johnson, who was born in Harlem, became a jazz player in the early 20th century.
“He had a big impact on our music