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Those Who Make It Happen

Dias, J (2017) Those Who Make It Happen. Vimeo.

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Abstract

Jazz is often portrayed as a pantheon of heroes who stand out as extraordinary individual artists. 'Those Who Make it Happen' challenges this traditional concept and observes the phenomenon of Portuguese jazz as the result of a collective effort and commitment that mobilises not only artists, but also promoters, associations, audiences, researchers and a multitude of different agents. Without them – without all those who make it happen – jazz would not exist. The short documentary film captures a turning point in Portuguese jazz, where the boundaries of personal, national and pan-European identities are being questioned. Shot in Lisbon in early 2016, 'Those Who Make it Happen' features the testimonies of musicians, promoters and researchers who think about jazz in Portugal in its artistic, pedagogical, performative, social and political dimensions.

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