Maxine Sullivan: Love to Be In Love is a lyrical film portrait of the once famous, and now, largely forgotten jazz vocalist Maxine Sullivan. Sullivan won fame in the 1930s with swing renditions of traditional songs like "Loch Lomond" and "Annie Laurie."
By the late 1930s she became one of the foremost women in jazz. A black, female vocalist in America, she inspired young musicians like Ella Fitzgerald. Film footage, vintage photographs, reminiscences by other jazz luminaries, as well as Sullivan's wonderfully seductive music are used to tell her story and document her place in jazz history. Featuring interviews with pianist Marian McPartland of NPR's Piano Jazz and tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton (Blue Note Records).
Though largely absent from the jazz scene in the 1950s, she returned to perform in the late 1960s; at one point turning out an album every three months. She never retired and continued to work till her death in 1987.
Maxine Sullivan: Love to Be In Love made its theatrical premiere at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and the Film Forum, New York.
Featuring Scott Hamilton and Marion McPartland. Produced and directed by Greta Schiller. Produced in association with Channel Four UK and La Sept, France.
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