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Published on May 16, 2012
STONY ISLAND MOVIE - STONEY ISLAND THE MOVIE - America's Only Irish Station RADIO IRISH and RadioIrish.com host Sean McCarthy chats with Director TAMAR HOFFS about the movie STONY ISLAND which Tamar Hoffs co-wrote with ANDREW DAVIS who directed the film. Stony Island Avenue, which runs from 56th to the Calumet River, CHICAGO, is a South Side Chicago landmark. Steeped in Rythm and Blues and Jazz tradition, Stony Island is where Muddy Waters first settled, from Mississippi.
The movie STONY ISLAND, shot in 1977 and now available on DVD, celebrates Chicago's rich music legacy, and revolves around a group of rhythm & blues performers and how they are affected by a veteran bluesman Percy Price, played by legendary saxophonist and Grammy Awards winning composer Gene "Daddy G" Barge.
A galaxy of music and film characters appear in "Stony Island", some of which were already extablished, and others, who were yet to be world famous when the film Stony Island was shot in 1977.
Chicago saxophone legend Gene Barge is joined by Rae Dawn Chong, Dennis Franz, the late great jazz poet Oscar Brown Junior., Chess session guitarist Phil Up-church and future Bangles star Susanna Hoffs, who plays "Farm Girl Lucie." Indeed, there's an interesting story about how Susanna kick-started her singing career, from her initial appearance in Stony Island, which we'll get to later when we speak to Susanna's mother, film Director Tamar Hoffs, who wrote and produced "Stony Island," with Chicago native Andrew Davis, who Directed the film.
Andrew Davis went on to direct the Oscar-nominated "The Fugitive" and "Above the Law" and "The Guardian."
While Tamar Hoffs went on to direct Red Roses and Petrol and Pound Of Flesh, both starring Malcolm McDowell, as well as many other successful and highly aclaimed films.
Stony Island is driven by the music, with a score crafted by David Matthews, who started his career as the bandleader for James Brown and went on to work with Simon and Garfunkel, Julian Lennon, Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra and Billy Joel.
Ronnie Barron, who passed away in 1997, was a legendary New Orleans musician and protégé of Little Richard who recorded with Dr. John, Ry Cooder, The Animals, Louis Prima, Paul Butterfield, and Tom Waits. The multi Grammy Award winning saxophonist David Sanborn plays alto sax on the score and Andrew Davis's college classmate, Tomlinson Holman, who went on to invent and codify the THX standard for audio quality, was instrumental in recording the soundtrack for the film.
Stony Island is the "Ultimate gritty Chicago music film" ... bringing us back to a time when people of all races, creeds and colours were coming together to celebrate the universal language of MUSIC. Stony Island captures the very "essence" of what it "is" to be AMERICAN ...
Sean McCarthy speaks to Stony Island co-writer Tamar Hoffs about Stony Island on America's Only Irish Station RADIO IRISH at RadioIrish.com and you can also visit the Official STONY ISLAND website at www.StonyIslandMovie.com