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As a new film about Miles Davis hits the screens, Jazzonline looks at the best jazz films and biopics in history, including movies about Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Dave Brubeck and Charlie Parker among others. 


Set for wide release in April 14, 2017, CHASING TRANE is the definitive documentary film about an outside-the-box thinker with extraordinary talent whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world. This smart, passionate, thought-provoking and uplifting documentary is for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform.


The Berlin International Film Festival 2017 opened with the world premiere of Etienne Comar’s directorial debut Django, a biopic of jazz legend Django Reinhardt, starring Reda Kateb.


A documentary by Nikos Xanthopoulos and Kyriakos Liarakos inspired by Kardamili jazz festival, which takes place every year in Kardamili, in the municipality of Western Mani in the Peloponnese. Under the sound of jazz a visit in the small village of 400 inhabitants in southern Greece is transformed into a spiritual musical life experience. 


Born to be Blue reimagines Baker's life as a mixture of fact and fiction, picking up his story late in his career when, after years of heroin abuse, financial loss, and public disgrace, he attempts to stage a comeback in the late 60's.


After years of rumors, speculation and backlash, the Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana will finally be available for viewing this spring.

Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.


Don Cheadle Brings Miles Davis to the Big Screen in 'Miles Ahead'. In his directorial debut, Don Cheadle takes on iconic jazz composer and trumpeter Miles Davis during one of the most troubled periods of his life.


In August of 1958, 57 of the greatest jazz musicians of all-time gathered on the steps of a Harlem brownstone for a photograph. This is a film about the most famous photograph in jazz history.  It is also a love note to this art form. The film was nominated in 1995 for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature.