Jonathan Hartman

Original Songs for THE CHAPERONE

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I was approached to compose, arrange, and record a collection of original jazz songs for the upcoming feature film THE CHAPERONE, starring Elizabeth McGovern.  It’s a beautiful film, set in the 1920’s, and the project provided an unique  opportunity to work in a genre and era you rarely encounter in motion pictures.  It was a joy to return to the music of that decade and come up with something that felt authentic and original for the period.  I approached the project with the idea of creating the mythical “B Sides” to albums that could have existed. I put together an amazing team, and together we recorded a variety of ensembles, ranging from small dixieland style groups to full big bands to resemble the sound and instrumentation of the era.  The all star band included instrumentation like tuba (instead of bass) and banjo (instead of guitar).  Recorded over a long day at NRG Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Elizabeth McGovern, star and producer of the film, attended the recordings; it was a real honor and joy to work with her on these songs.   THE CHAPERONE Michael Engler, director.   Elizabeth McGovern, Victoria Hill, Andrew Mann, Gary Hamilton, Julian Fellowes,  producers.   Original Songs by Jonathan Hartman.[…]