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Mark Cantor

Mark Cantor
Mark Cantor is a film and music historian and the curator of Celluloid Improvisations Music Film Archive, one of the largest private collections of jazz, blues, and American popular music on 16mm film worldwide. Clips from the library are regularly used in documentaries, feature films, and television specials, and Mr. Cantor frequently conducts programs and seminars using materials from the Archive on a wide variety of musical themes and subjects.

When Lucky Millinder toured the South with an integrated Big Band

Black Harlem bandleader Lucky Millinder turned Jim Crow on its head when he added 7 white musicians to his Big Band and toured the South in the 1940's.

Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton and Integrating the Big Bands

When Benny Goodman brought Lionel Hampton and Teddy Wilson into his band he was at the forefront of integrating black musicians into Big Band Swing orchestras.

Panoram Soundies: The original MTV for Jazz and Big Band Swing (Exclusive Video)

Panoram Soundies brought the music of the 40's alive with electrifying filmed performances of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and a collection of the greats of Jazz and the Big Band Swing era.

The Legendary ‘Red’ Callender and the Roy Milton coincidence (Exclusive Video)

"Red" Callender played with everyone from Louis Armstrong to Art Tatum, and was a member of the legendary Wrecking Crew of session musicians.

Charlie Watts, Jim Keltner, and the Great Drummers of Jazz (Exclusive videos)

The epic night in 1995 when Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones and drumming legend Jim Keltner paid a visit to the home of film and jazz historian Mark Cantor.

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Le Relais Bernard Loiseau: Culinary Majesty at the legendary Cote d’Or

Le Relais Bernard Loiseau is a magnificent 5 star Relais & Chateaux luxury restaurant, hotel, and spa under the direction of two Michelin star Chef Patrick Bertron.