During the 1950’s, The Pythodd Club on Clarissa Street was a jazz club where Rochester’s best musicians performed. It also attracted jazz greats from across the country, such as Lou Donaldson, Lonnie Smith, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan and George Benson, who came to serenade the ardent jazz lovers that frequented the club. In the short documentary filmed and produced by Tina Chapman DaCosta, one got the sense that it was time and place where magic happened nightly.
Tina’s film inspired RCTV to produce a show called Pythodd Remix, featuring Tina and her husband, Jose DaCosta the Producer of Exodus to Jazz, as the hosts. The goal of this program is not to recreate the scene of the historic Pythodd Club, but to showcase the entertainment that would be seen there, if the Pythodd were still “alive” today. The program features performances and interviews with some of Rochester’s leading entertainers, including musicians, dancers and spoken word artists.
We’ll be announcing the broadcast schedule of Pythodd Remix shortly.
If you would like to be involved in creating the next season of Pythodd Remix, now’s your chance to sign up for a class in which you’ll be producing the program as part of the class! We’re now taking registrations for our TV Studio Production Class that trains students to produce an entertainment format show. These Classes start Thursday, August 28 and run from 6-7:30 PM and run until December 11. The fee for this class is $150 for members and $210 for non-members (includes 1 year membership). If you’re interested, be sure to register now, as class size is limited!
Enjoy excerpts from the first season, below!