This film explores the roots of American music — the minstrel show, ragtime and early jazz, blues, old-time, folk, bluegrass and country.
It's a Jazz Fest Free-for-All from WXXI and the Little Theatre! Every day of the Jazz Fest, we're proud to bring you a free screening of a jazz-related film or films. In celebration of Steve Martin performing at the RIJF, join us Wednesday, June 27 at 8 p.m. at the Little Theatre for Give Me the Banjo. Narrated by actor/comedian/banjoist Steve Martin, and guided by modern banjo masters such as Earl Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, Mike Seeger, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Abigail Washburn, Give Me the Banjo explores American music from minstrelsy, ragtime and blues, to folk and bluegrass. In addition to musicians, a mix of folklorists, historians, instrument makers and passionate amateurs tells stories of America’s instrument in all its richness and diversity. Rare stills, first-hand narratives, archival footage, and recordings of historic banjo figures surround and expand on the expert commentary.
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