Impassioned – A Jazz Documentary

A lifetime of Jazz through the eyes of WWII & Korean war veteran and trumpeter Dr. Joe Bryant.

The Austin Jazz Alliance and Kianga Films are honored to tell the story of Dr. Joe Bryant. Oral histories, like genealogies, are an indispensable component of our cultural fabric. The fact that Joe’s story is intertwined with the story of Jazz, our very own American art form, makes this even more so. Joe skirted the edge of fame and fortune, performing and hobnobbing with his lime-lit contemporaries, in pursuit of something much more enduring – his unquenchable passion for the music itself. It is a passion that accompanies Joe far and wide, beginning with the purchase of a horn in his early childhood and continues to this present day. Along the way he has performed with such stars as Doc Severinsen and Tommy Newsom from the Tonight Show Band, Paul Guervero of the Woody Herman Band, Mike Vax and Don Joesph of the Stan Kenton Band, Joe Morello of the Dave Brubeck Group and Jack Sperling of the Glenn Miller and Tex Beneke Bands, Myron Floren (from the Lawrence Welk Band), Carl Fontana, Kim Park and Frank Mantooth.


What We Need & What You Get

Our goal is to raise at least $6,900. We plan to use that money on:

  • Equipment Rentals (lens, camera, sound equipment)
  • Lighting equipment
  • Transportation costs. (We are planning interviews in Texas and Oklahoma)
  • Audio CD Production,mastering, art work.
  • DVD production, art work
  • Original Poster design & printing for CD and DVD
  • Festivals fees (we plan to submit the documentary to various festivals.

We’re making this film regardless of if we make our goal or not. However with your help, the more money we raise, the better quality and opportunity of producing this wonderful story of Joe in a timely manner. So be assured that every dollar you donate will definitely go to this project. Remember that anything you donate is much appreciated, and in return you receive some wonderful perks!


The Impact

We often forget the impact that music makes in our lives. A certain tune can bring back many fond memories of days and events long past. The music of WWII and the Korean War are no exception. In fact, Jazz and the big band sound were all over the radio. They influenced and continue to influence us daily. This film is just a snapshot into the life of a very special person that was profoundly touched by the music of his day and in turn, touched many others with his love of music.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can’t donate, that’s OK. Donating doesn’t just mean a dollar amount; it also includes spreading the word about our campaign and getting others excited about it as well. You can share the campaign by sharing the link to this page, liking our Facebook page, or mentioning us by using the hashtag #impassioned on Instagram or Twitter.

The Date and Time for the Austin Premier is set

Join us September 16th from 11:00am – 2:00 for the Austin Premier of Impassioned: A Jazz Documentary. The showing will be held at Concordia University. Details and tickets can be found at EventBrite or at this URL  (

Help us tell Joe’s story.

UPDATE: The Official Trailer is now up.Share with friends!

Impassioned – A Jazz Documentary Movie Trailer from Austin Jazz Alliance on Vimeo.

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raised of a $6,900.00 goal

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