Synopsis: On Edgecombe Avenue in Sugar Hill, Harlem, Marjorie Eliot is making sure her apartment building’s iconic jazz legacy lives on. Marjorie and her son have been hosting jazz concerts in her apartment every Sunday for the past 26 years, a pursuit of overcoming grief through music. This film tells the story of the women behind the piano, and how Marjorie’s generous vision came to be and the life it has taken on since, as she leaves behind her own legacy.
Walking away from Majorie’s concerts, it’s impossible to not feel impacted from the intensity of the unique experience and the story behind its ritual. Her concerts were created to fight pain with purpose and have grown to energize lives beyond her own. This film is a tribute to Majorie, a story of her artistic expression, resilience and devotion to bringing life out of the darkest of chapters.
Jess Colquhoun is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer.
Splitting her time between London and Los Angeles, Jess aims to explore people and subcultures with a focus on social and environmental change and impact. Her documentaries ‘Valley Of A Thousand Hills’ (Best Family Film – San Francisco Film Festival 2017) and ‘The Black Mambas’ (Winner Glamour Magazine x Girl Gaze #NewView Film Competition 2017) are two fine examples of her attention to heart and detail. Her series of photographs entitled ‘Fired Up!’ was recently exhibited at the historic Wiltern Theatre. Clients include Apple Music, FOX, Levi’s, Vice and Pepsi.