Documentary Film Tradition Is A Temple To Premiere in New York
Posted 11/6/2013

Tradition Is A Temple: The Modern Masters of New Orleans, a documentary about New Orleans musicians, will have its New York premiere on Nov. 14 at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater.

The film includes performances and interviews with a noteworthy cast of New Orleans figures: vibraphonist Jason Marsalis, drummer Shannon Powell, trombonist Lucien Barbarin, vocalist Topsy Chapman, bassist Roland Guerin, guitarist and educator Steve Masakowski, poet Chuck Perkins, saxophonist Ed Petersen (New Orleans Jazz Orchestra) and the Treme Brass Band.

The film grew out of a community partnership grant that the film’s director, Darren Hoffman, received from the Jazz and Heritage Foundation to make a series of music videos featuring local musicians. The film interweaves the new material with archival footage from filmmaker Jules Cahn and the Historic New Orleans Collection.

“Hoffman’s movie has plunged the depth of the indigenous music of New Orleans by filming important contributors in their most creative moments,” said pianist Ellis Marsalis.

The New York screening will take place at 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by a Q&A session with Hoffman, producer Kristen McEntyre and co-writer Chuck Perkins.

The film will be available digitally via iTunes and Amazon Instant Video on Nov. 12. More information is posted at

In conjunction with the film, an interactive, educational music-making app is available at


Darren Hoffman's documentary Tradition Is A Temple highlights multiple generations of New Orleans musicians.


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