Film producer Andrew Thomas writes with news of what perhaps everyone but Jack Berry and I knew:
Like many fans of Vince Guaraldi, I make sure that Google sends me an alert every time he’s mentioned in posts and blogs, so I was directed to this Rifftides page.
I was surprised by your suggestion that there is little evidence of Vince on film or tape. There is actually a decent amount, and much of it is included in the feature-length documentary I premiered with my partner Toby Gleason at the Monterey Jazz Festival last September — including Vince on screen performing “Star Song” (with Bola Sete both in studio and live at the Trident), “Treat Street”, “Samba de Orpheus”, and more…. as well as film of Vince rehearsing with the choir for the Grace Cathedral Jazz Mass, and performing on the road at various universities. (These are beyond the three Jazz Casual programs on which he appeared, and all of it restored and transferred in high definition… unlike those YouTube clips that someone ripped-off and posted without regard to quality or copyright.)
Of course, it’s not hours of performance footage… but the program is scored using rare unpublished Vince recordings (from his private collection), as well as new performances by George Winston, Jon Hendricks and several others, and conversations with Dave Brubeck, John Handy, Dick Gregory, and… well, there are quite a few people who participated. Vince himself is featured in extensive on camera interviews as well.
The film is called “The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi”, and more information can be found at http://www.anatomyofvinceguaraldi.com
We’re hoping that it will be in release both theatrically and on home video this year, should there be enough interest to warrant it.
If that happens, I’ll look forward to reviewing the film.