A sneak peek at DON'T LOSE YOUR SOUL, the music of Anthony Brown and Mark Izu, Bay Area Jazz legends.
"Don't Lose Your Soul" is a tribute to the pioneering work of Mark Izu and Anthony Brown, co-founders of the Asian American Jazz movement which, like the Latin Jazz movement before it, was a brilliant melding of cultural traditions with the freedom and power of jazz.
The film is both an intimate portrait of their 30+ year partnership in close-up, featuring interviews with the artists along with archival photographs and footage of their rich musical history, as well as wide angle celebration, culminating in one night at Yoshi's jazz club in San Francisco's legendary Fillmore district. This special event, "Sanju," brings back together the Asian American Jazz Orchestra for a musical journey spanning three decades. The evening's highlight is a special guest performance by George Yoshida, their inspiration as both jazz musician and survivor of the Japanese internment camps.
The true ease of Mark and Anthony's friendship and partnership is revealed in Mark's basement studio, where the two of them reminisce between songs as they perform a special acoustic duo performance of improvised jams and dusted-off treasures they haven't touched since the early 80s.
A journey back in time to the birth of a movement. A musical, cultural and political statement through notes that still resonate today. Two lives lived with a dedication to craft, passionate creative spirit, and a determination to honor the advice of their own song: "Don't Lose Your Soul."