Production Information

Production Co.
Studio 600 Productions
Developed by
Bob Warfield, Bruce Harper
Jazz Documentary
July 2012
Produced by
Michele Barrett-Hepburn, Tom Robinson, Bob Warfield
Directed by
Bruce Harper

Official Site

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The Story

This documentary explores the 'jazzy' life of Gretchen Carhatt Valade, a businesswoman who has made an indelible mark on Detroit's jazz scene, as well as around the world. Valade is a Board member and founder of Mack Avenue Records and sits on the Board of the renowned International Detroit Jazz Festival. She is also head of the famed Carhatt Clothing company. The film captures Valade's spirit and wit and explores her life through interviews with the people who know her best, including her son, business partner, and numerous musicians. In order to best tell her story, the film incorporates rare, vintage photos and footage of fabulous jazz performances.