CHOPS is the documentary film about a scrappy group of high school jazz musicians that take on the best bands in the country at the prestigious Essentially Ellington Festival at Lincoln Center, led by artistic director and jazz master Wynton Marsalis. Jam packed with outstanding performances, CHOPS will make you admire the dedication of these teenagers as they proudly watch the culmination of their hard work: an electrifying festival performance where the students realize no matter how much one prepares, sometimes life, like jazz, calls for improvisation. Features Wynton Marsalis and Ron Carter. Soundtrack features dozens of classic Duke Ellington tunes.
Directed by Bruce Broder.