Samba & Jazz

FRIDAY  – November 11 @ 6:00 PM
Unit One at Allen Hall
1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL


Film Critic Flávia Guerra in attendanceOriginal Title: Samba & Jazz
2014 | 90 min | Documentary | Director: Jefferson Mello

Synopsis: Samba & Jazz‘ documentary is a feature film that draws a parallel between these two rhythms and cultures, in a versatile and unpretentious approach, looking for the synergy between the two cities in which they are most present: Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and New Orleans (United States). Directed by Jefferson Mello, author of the book ‘The Ways of Jazz’, the film portrays, through unusual situations, the authentic artistic expression of these people, that although separated by geographic boundaries, share a common feeling: a passion for music and for the popular manifestations that evolves the universes of Samba and Jazz.

FRIDAY  – November 11
Unit One at Allen Hall
1005 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL


6:00 PM – Documentary “Samba & Jazz”
7:30 PM – Panel Discussion with Brazilian film critic, Flávia Guerra, Professor Prof. Tito Carrillo, Professor Marc Adam Hertzman, and Dr. Chris Beyt


  • Film Critic Flávia Guerra

Flavia Guerra is a Journalist and Documentarian. She has a Master degree in Screen Documentary in University of London, where she lived for a couple of years and has worked as a correspondent for the O Estado de São Paulo media group, one of the more influential in Latin America. She has already covered for printed media, radio and TV the biggest cultural, sports, political and social events in Brazil, in Europe and USA. Learn more.

  • Dr. Chris Beyt

Dr. Chris Beyt is a jazz guitarist, bassist, composer, recording engineer, and educator living in central Illinois. His most recent album of original compositions “120” is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Chris grew up in Baton Rouge, LA where he started to learn trombone, but later switched to guitar. In 1999, he received music and academic scholarships to Loyola University in New Orleans where he studied with John Eubanks and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies. During that time and for two years afterwards, he performed in New Orleans at various venues on both guitar and electric bass. In 2005, he moved to Denton, TX where he studied guitar with Fred Hamilton and began his studies on upright bass, on which he has since been performing in addition to guitar. Chris earned his Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas in 2008. Immediately following, he moved to Champaign, IL where he earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he has studied with Larry Gray, Chip Stephens, and Chip McNeill. Learn more.

  • Prof. Tito Carrillo, Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet at UIUC

Tito Carrillo joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty in the Spring of 2006. He is a trumpeter, educator, bandleader, composer, and arranger, and since 1996 he has been a fixture in the Chicago jazz and Latin music scenes. The list of artists he has performed, recorded, and toured with is as varied as his skill set: Chicago heavyweights Willie Pickens, Bobby Broom, Patricia Barber, and Kurt Elling; big bands such as the Woody Herman Orchestra, Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra (directed by David Baker); jazz greats such as Toshiko Akiyoshi, Louis Hayes, Jon Faddis, and Vincent Herring; Salsa legends such as Andy Montaoez, Tony Vega, and Cheo Feliciano; Latin jazz giants Tito Puente and Paquito D’Rivera; and pop icons Quincy Jones and Phil Collins.

Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Prof. Marc Adam Hertzman, Associate Professor of History

I study the history of Brazil and Latin America with special interest in race, culture, labor, and gender. My first book, Making Samba: A New History of Race and Music in Brazil, was published by Duke University Press in 2013. In 2014, I was honored to have the Latin American Studies Association select the text from over 80 submissions and award it Honorable Mention (runner-up) for the Bryce-Wood Book Prize, given annually to the best manuscript about Latin America in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Other screenings of this film at:

SATURDAY – November 12
Crown Center Auditorium
1001 W Loyola Ave


7:00 PM – Documentary “Samba & Jazz”
8:30 PM – Q & A with Director, Jefferson Mello

Director Jefferson Mello in attendance

SUNDAY – November 13
Szold Hall
4545 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL


4:00 PM – Brazilian Musical Group Presentation
4:30 PM – Documentary “Samba & Jazz”
6:00 PM – Q & A with Director, Jefferson Mello

Director Jefferson Mello in attendance