Schedule & Events

Rare vintage videos each day:
Admission free with Bash admission or $5 for each film show only.


8:00pm: Rare film and TV clips by jazz collector and film historian David Weiner.

Jazz collector and film historian David Weiner will present two hours of rare film and TV clips, showcasing jazz and pop artists from the 1920s to the present. Among the featured performers in this all-new show will be soloists Louis Armstrong, Papa Celestin, Pete Fountain, Melba Liston, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich & more; the bands of Paul Whiteman, Hudson/DeLange, Gus Arnheim, Ted Weems, Jan Savitt, the Dorsey Brothers, Tony Pastor; and vocalists Ethel Waters, Ruth Etting, Dick Powell, Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby, the Mills Brothers, James Melton, Rosemary Clooney, Mahalia Jackson & Louise Beavers.  Plus vintage jazzy cartoons and batch of current bands superbly recreating the sounds of Fletcher Henderson, Ben Pollack, the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks, Artie Shaw, Spike Hughes and the Boswell Sisters!


4:00 to 6:00pm: Will Friedwald Clip Joint


2017 is a banner year for one-hundredth birthdays of jazz and other musical greats!  Come join us at WILL FRIEDWALD’S CLIP JOINT (at the 2017 Bash) as we honor the centennials of such iconic performers as:  Dean Martin, Buddy Rich, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Helen Forrest, Celeste Holm, Betty Comden, Dave Lambert, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Jo Stafford, Desi Arnaz, and Hans Conreid.

Plus a very special shout out to three living legends of song who have just turned 100! Vera Lynn, Bea Wain, and Louise Tobin.

Lastly, an even more special salute to three more great American artists who are all still going strong even as they celebrate their 90th birthdays (between 2016 and 2018): Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, and Marilyn Maye!

Rare footage will be shown for each – stuff, that, as in all CLIP JOINT shows, can NOT be seen on home video or youTube! Presented by Will Friedwald with the invaluable assistance of Stephen Kramer.

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL & VANITY FAIR (and reviews current shows for THE OBSERVER and Citiview). He also is the author of eight books including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries.  He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

  • THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, October 2017)
  • SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU – NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)


8:00pm: Ron Hutchinson of the Vitaphone Project

Ron Hutchinson, co-founder of The Vitaphone Project, will be screening over a dozen rare early sound music and vaudeville shorts this year, including many only recently restored in the Project’s partnership with Warner Bros, UCLA and The Library of Congress. Included are 1928-29 shorts by Molly Picon, vaudevillians Zelda Santley, Gil Wells, singing quartet The Croonaders, corpulent vaudevillians The Big Paraders, comedy duo Barry and Whitledge, and the only surviving reel of Willie & Eugene Howard’s The Music Makers set in a Victor demonstration room! Also to be shown are shorts with Paul Whiteman’s Ramona and The Three X Sisters. Ron will also report on the latest film discoveries and restorations.

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