Bolden: Synopsis | Abramorama

BOLDEN, an upcoming drama directed by Dan Pritzker, imagines the compelling, powerful and tragic journey of Buddy Bolden, the unsung American hero who invented Jazz. With little biographical information known and no found recordings of his music, the film’s narrative composes fragmented memories of his past, against the political and social context in which his revolutionary music was conceived.

Starring Gary Carr as Bolden with original music written, arranged and performed by Wynton Marsalis, BOLDEN invites you to experience a world fueled by passion, greed and musical genius, in early 1900s New Orleans. The film co-stars Erik LaRay Harvey, Yaya DaCosta, Ian McShane and Michael Rooker.

DIRECTOR Dan Pritzker

Dan Pritzker and David N. Rothschild

MUSICWritten, arranged & performed by Wynton Marsalis

PRODUCERSJon Cornick, Dan Pritzker and Michele Tayler

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERSWynton Marsalis, Edward C. Arrendell II and Leonard J. Loventhal

CASTGary Carr, Erik LaRay Harvey, Yaya DaCosta, Reno Wilson, Karimah Westbrook, JoNell Kennedy, Robert Ri’chard, Serena Reeder with Michael Rooker and Ian McShane