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Vann "Piano Man" Walls - The Spirit of R&B

HD   G

Steven Morris

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About the Movie

Vann "Piano Man" Walls - The Spirit of R & B is a film for anyone interested in Rhythm and Blues. Harry Vann, alias Vann “Piano Man” Walls, was one of its pioneers. He was the East Coast’s finest Rhythm and Blues pianist, became composer and arranger at Atlantic Records from 1949 to 1955, came to Montreal, fell in love and lived happily ever after in obscurity... until a fateful night at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal! The documentary follows Vann and several of his peers, including musicians Dr. John, Ry Cooder, Ruth Brown– the original “Queen of R&B”, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, legendary record producer Jerry Wexler and more, as it wades through his adventure of musical history and performance. From New York City to Montreal the viewer takes an intimate voyage in to the studio as Vann produces the final album of a career that spanned more than sixty-five years. Wrapped around this recording project is the story of Vann’s fascinating life and his lasting contribution to a musical form now heard all over the world.

Customer Reviews

A must see

This is a wonderful story about one of the pillars of the Atlantic R&B legacy. How he disappeared and was found in a suburb of Montreal doing what he needed to do to support himself and his beloved. It features interviews and testimonials from Ruth Brown,Dr. John,Jerry Wexler,Ahmet Erlgun,Ry Cooder, and others . It also shows the making of his last musical project with Montreal’s Stephen Barry band who are iconic in their own right. If you have any any interest in the roots of R&B,you must see this.

one of the best

this is one of the best documents ill seen in a while, a great story about R&B and how one man can effect so much people with the power of music

R & B

Everybody’s talking up the Canadian premiere of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, a film covering 12 years of a family’s life, starring Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke (June 14, 6 p.m., Bloor Hot Docs Cinema). But the musicologists among you might wish to check out Vann “Piano Man” Walls: The Spirit of R&B, a story of a lost piano man and a documentary on the origins of rock and roll (June 15, 12:30 p.m., Bloor Hot Docs Cinema).