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One Note at a Time

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One Note at a Time
Directed byRenee Edwards (director)
Produced byPaul Woolwich

Craig McCall

Sara Giles
StarringDr. John | Ben Jaffe | Kermit Ruffins | Irma Thomas
Edited byRenee Edwards
Distributed byMunro Films
Release date
4th September 2018
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

One Note at a Time is a film by Renee Edwards about the New Orleans musicians post-hurricane Katrina, it is dedicated to the late drummer Herman Roscoe Ernest. The Film was officially released in 2018.

The film explores the relationship between the City, the musician, the environment and the American Social Welfare System that is unable to support them. Many of the musicians live and work in poverty, going from gig to gig, needing to pay for medical and living expenses. Music is at the heart of New Orleans and the musicians are keeping the City alive. But the City seems to be at a tipping point when it comes to supporting the musicians' it needs for its own survival. Much screen time is spent with the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic who struggle to provide medical care to artists too well off for Medicaid and too poor to afford Obamacare.

Filmed over a 4 year period, One Note at a Time is a feature-length documentary that follows the lives of the musicians and the difficulties they face. It highlights the new musicians who are finding New Orleans and bringing hope of rejuvenation and how the gentrification of the City has bought with it new sound pollution laws, which impact the 24-hour party culture the City has enjoyed.

Featured Artists[edit | edit source]

One Note at a Time capture new and last interviews with a number of musicians and artist at it tracks them over a 4-year period, they include:

Dr. John,

Ben Jaffe,

‘Uncle’ Lionel Batiste,

Kermit Ruffins,

Damion Neville,

Charmaine Neville, ,

Al ‘Carnival Time ‘ Johnson,

Ellis Marsalis,

Barry Martyn,

Herman ‘Roscoe’ Ernest III,

Wardell Quezergue,

Walter Payton Jr.,

Brian Quezergue,

Irma Thomas,

Shelton ‘Shakespear’ Alexander,  

Clarke Peters,

Donald Harrison, Jr.,

Delfeao Marsalis

Johann Bultman,

Bethany Bultman

Release[edit | edit source]

The film was screened at film and music festivals in the UK and the USA in 2017, receiving a number of accolades. The official release was 24th August 2018 where the film was screened at a number of UK cinemas, with the digital released on September 3, 2018. A sound track was launched world-wide by Louisiana Red Hot Records on 24th August 2018.

Sound Track[edit | edit source]

No. Artist LengthTitle Length
1 Bicycle Ballad Sam Touch The Hem Of His Garment (Live) 00:21
2 Dr. John If Musicians Ain’t Got A Chance To Live 00:08
3 The Hot 8 Brass Band Let me Do My Thing (Remix) 08:25
4 Kermit Ruffins It Was A Blessing 00:16
5 Ray Russell What The Future Brings 01:20
6 Damion Neville and The Charmaine Neville Band Papa Was A Rolling Stone (Live) 04:51
7 Felice Guilmont Everybody's Gone 00:13
8 Felice Guilmont Higher 04:06
9 Chip Wilson and Jesse Moore Slip Away 03:04
10 Shelton ‘Shakespear’ Alexander Second Lining (Live) 01:09
11 To Be Continued Brass Band Ray Nagin (Give Me My Projects Back) 07:45
12 To Be Continued Brass Band We're Not Criminals 00:19
13 New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate (Live) 05:17
14 Irma Thomas Just Passing Through 00:14
15 Bud Tower Please Don't Take Me Home 05:01
16 Ms Pearl Summertime (Live) 00:36
17 Walter Payton, Jr. Touched Somebody 00:24
18 Cliff Hines Tehran 06:04
19 Ben Jaffe Die A Healthy Man 00:23
20 Dr. John Proper Fitting Way 00:24
21 Dr. John Roscoes Song / Down The Road (Live) 09:54
22 Ray Russel One Note at a Time 02:15
23 Barry Martyn To Hell With The Girls 00:31
24 Barry Martyn Down By The Riverside 04:20
25 Al ‘Carnival Time’ Johnson Carnival Time 02:41
26 Ben Jaffe A Place I've Never Seen Before 00:20
27 Uptown Jazz Orchestra Blue Monk (Live) 01:14
28 Kermit Ruffins New Orleans People 00:19
29 Dr. John, Gaynielle Neville, Cyril Neville, Amasi Miller, Shannon Powell, Jesse Boyd, Detroit Brooks, Paul Pattan & Donald Harrison Jr. This Little Light of Mine (Live) 01:32
30 Ray Russell From The Heart (Digital Bonus Track) 02:49
31 Gypsy Elise And The Royal Blues Funky Tribe (Digital Bonus Track) 04:39

Awards[edit | edit source]

The film has won numerous international and domestic festival awards including:

  • 2017 - BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY at Studio City International Film Festival[1]
  • 2017 - GOLD WINNER at Los Angeles Film Review Industry Awards[2]
  • 2017 - BEST DOCUMENTARY at Nottingham International Film Festival[3]
  • 2017 - FILM OF THE FESTIVAL - Oxford International Film Festival[4]
  • 2017 - BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY - Oxford International Film Festival [4]
  • 2017 - BEST SCORE - Oxford International Film Festival[4]

Reception[edit | edit source]

On IMDb the film has a rating of 9.4/10 with 43 reviews. Total Film Magazine's Kevin Harley gave it 4/5 and said it was "Deeply Moving". The film has had mixed reviews, both Time Out and The Guardian scoring it 3/5 [5] and The Times giving it just 2/5[6]. However, Fan Carpet seemed sympathetic to the purpose of the film's documentary and said it "pays tribute to the musicians of New Orleans, whose playing is like no other in the world".

Reviews[edit | edit source]

Guardian [5] - 3/5

Vulture Hound[7] - 4/5

Rotten Tomatoes[8]

Jazz Journal[9]

The Times[6] - 2/5



Time Out - London[12] - 3/5

The Up Coming[13] - 2/5

The British Film Institute (BFI)[14]

The Fan Carpet[15] - 4.5/5

Oxford Daily Info[16]

IMDb[17] 9.4/10

Links[edit | edit source]

Official Website: http://www.onenoteatatime.com/

UK Distributor: Munro Films

Sales Agent: The Little Film Company

Key People[edit | edit source]

One Note at a Time is Certified PG[18] with 95 minute running time

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "studio-city-2015 | 2017 GALLERY". Studio City Film Festival. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  2. "2017 LAFR Award Winners". LOS ANGELES FILM REVIEW. 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  3. "One Note At A Time — Nottingham International Film Festival". Nottingham International Film Festival. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "OXIFF 2017 — Oxford International Film Festival". Oxford International Film Festival. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Felperin, Leslie (2018-08-24). "One Note at a Time review – rich study of New Orleans' toiling musicians". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ivan-Zadeh, Larushka (2018-08-24). "Film review: One Note at a Time". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  7. "'Without our traditions, we are nothing.' – One Note At A Time (Film Review)". VultureHound + SteelChair Magazine - Music, Film, TV + Wrestling. 2018-08-20. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  8. "One Note at a Time - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes". www.rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  9. Publishing, JJ. "Review: One Note At A Time". jazzjournal.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  10. "One Note At A Time". One Note At A Time (2016) Movie Review – MRQE. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  11. One Note At A Time + Q&A, retrieved 2018-11-27
  12. "One Note at a Time (2018), directed by Renee Edwards | Film review". Time Out London. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  13. "One Note at a Time | Movie review". The Upcoming. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  14. "One Note at a Time (2016)". BFI. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  15. "One Note at a Time(2018) | The Fan Carpet". thefancarpet.com. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  16. "One Note at a Time [PG] - Daily Info". Daily Info. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  17. One Note at a Time, retrieved 2018-11-27
  18. "ONE NOTE AT A TIME | British Board of Film Classification". www.bbfc.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-11-27.

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