America's Musical Journey
Explore America's Music on the Giant Screen
America’s Musical Journey follows singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc as he traces the roots of American music and explores the great musical cities—places like New Orleans, Chicago, Nashville, Miami, New York City and more—where such electrifying art forms as jazz, the blues, country, soul and rock and roll were born.
The movie premieres on August 23 at IMAX® Melbourne.
Meet the Artists
ALOE BLACC HAS STUDIED EVERYTHING FROM PSYCHEDELIC ROCK AND FUNK TO REGGAE, SALSA AND DANCEHALL, AND HAS PROVED HIMSELF A DISTINGUISHED SINGER/SONGWRITER OF FOLK/SOUL/POP WITH HIS MEGA-HIT “WAKE ME UP.”
PIANIST, BANDLEADER AND NEW ORLEANS NATIVE JON BATISTE IS EQUIPPED WITH A DEGREE FROM JUILLIARD AND IN 2015 BECAME THE MUSICAL DIRECTOR OF CBS’ “LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT.”
Gloria & Emilio Estefan
CUBAN-AMERICAN SUPERSTAR GLORIA ESTEFAN AND HER HUSBAND EMILIO ARE TWO OF THE WORLD’S MOST INFLUENTIAL LATIN MUSICAL ARTISTS.
DR. JOHN IS AN AMERICAN SINGER, SONGWRITER, VOICE ACTOR, PIANIST, AND GUITARIST, WHOSE MUSIC COMBINES BLUES, POP, JAZZ, BOOGIE WOOGIE, AND ROCK AND ROLL.
BANDALOOP’S WORK HAS BEEN PRESENTED ON MUSEUMS, SKYSCRAPERS, BRIDGES, BILLBOARDS, IN NATURE, AND HISTORICAL SITES.
Donnetta and Eddie
DONNETTA ‘LIL BIT’ JACKSON AND EDDIE ‘PAUSE’ MARTIN JR. ARE ONE OF THE TOP DUOS OF CHICAGO FOOTWORK, A STREET DANCE THAT INVOLVES FAST MOVEMENT OF THE FEET WITH TWISTS AND TURNS.
RAMSEY LEWIS HAS BEEN AN ICONIC LEADER IN THE CONTEMPORARY JAZZ MOVEMENT FOR OVER 50 YEARS WITH AN UNFORGETTABLE SOUND THAT HAS ALLOWED HIM TO CROSS OVER TO THE POP AND R&B CHARTS.
BORN IN NASHVILLE, SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD WILLOW OSBORNE IS A BANJO VIRTUOSO WHO HAS BEEN WOWING CROWDS ALL OVER TENNESSEE.
19 YEAR OLD SINGER/SONGWRITER AND AWARD WINNING NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE PLAYER, GARETH LAFFELY IS THE YOUNGEST ARTIST TO REACH #2 ON THE BILLBOARD NEW AGE CHARTS AT 17 YEARS OF AGE.
The Flying Elvi
THE FLYING ELVI ARE A TEAM OF SKYDIVERS WHO HAVE BEEN IMPERSONATING ELVIS IN THE AIR FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS.
The Fisk Jubilee Singers
THE FISK JUBILEE SINGERS ARE AN AFRICAN AMERICAN VOCAL ENSEMBLE COMPRISED OF STUDENTS AT FISK UNIVERSITY IN NASHVILLE. THEY ARE KNOWN FOR PRESERVING THE UNIQUE AMERICAN MUSICAL TRADITION KNOWN AS NEGRO SPIRITUALS.
IRMA THOMAS REMAINS ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST DISTINCTIVE AND CLASSIC SINGERS FROM NEW ORLEANS, A TREASURE FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF SOUL MUSIC.
The Detroit Youth Choir
THE DETROIT YOUTH CHOIR IS MADE UP OF YOUNG PEOPLE AGES 8 TO 18 UNDER THE DIRECTION OF ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ANTHONY WHITE.
Beale Street Flippers
AS THE MOST POPULAR ACT ON MEMPHIS’ LEGENDARY MUSIC MECCA BEALE STREET, THE BEALE STREET FLIPPERS ASTONISH THE CROWDS WITH FEATS OF ACROBATIC PROWESS THAT ARE UNBELIEVABLE.
CHARLES “LIL BUCK” RILEY IS A LOS ANGELES-BASED DANCER FROM MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE WHO SPECIALIZES IN A STYLE OF STREET DANCE CALLED JOOKIN.
Music is life itself. What would this world be without good music?— Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong: Following the Footsteps of a Legend
In America’s Musical Journey, Aloe Blacc traces the footsteps of Louis Armstrong from New Orleans to Chicago and beyond, where his impact on jazz and other American musical forms was profound. Born at the turn of the century in New Orleans, a grandson of slaves, Louis Armstrong learned to play the cornet in a boy’s home. A creative prodigy from the start, Armstrong revolutionized jazz with his adventurous solos, bluesy phrasing and bold improvisational style, becoming one of the most influential musical icons of the 20th century.
Elvis Presley: The King of Rock 'n' Roll
Elvis Presley is one of the most influential cultural forces of the 20th century. In America’s Musical Journey, we visit the stops of his early music career, including Sun Studios in Memphis, where Elvis recorded his first song in 1954; the Arcade Restaurant, where he’d enjoy a milkshake after finishing a record; and his home at Graceland. By the year 1956, Elvis had become an international sensation with his unique sound and style and ushered in a new era of American music.
America's Musical Journey is a MacGillvray Freeman Film produced in association with Brand USA and presented by Expedia.
Director: Greg MacGillvray
Producer: Shaun MacGillvray
Executive Producer: Tom Garzilli
Writer: Stephen Judson
Music By: Steve Wood
Editors: Stephen Judson, Jason Paul and Victoria McGinnis
Director of Cinematography: Brad Ohlund
Aerial Cinematographer: Ron Goodman
Production Manager: Meghan MacGillivray
Production Manager: Kathy Almon
Visual Effects: Alan Markowitz