Immerse yourself in this remarkable cinematic event. The Way Forward is a portrait of a musical community brimming with talent, energy, and passion that continues to innovate. Under the guidance of filmmaker Hamid Shams, The Way Forward was filmed around the world, from Finland to Australia, Spain to Los Angeles. Spanning jazz, classical, vocal, and dance, the film re-imagines the concert-going experience for the digital age.
Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre.
One of the most acclaimed vocalists of her generation, Cecile McLorin Salvant is the winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Other honors include her being selected for Jazz Album of the Year by the DownBeat International Critics Poll and NPR, as well as Up-and-Coming Jazz Artist of the Year and Top Female Vocalist from the Jazz Journalists Association.
World-renowned guitarist and singer Pizzarelli has been hailed by The Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Toronto Star pegged him as “the genial genius of the guitar.” And The Seattle Times saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.”