THE FINALE CLUB
Directed by Robert Shoji
In 1946, a confluence of music, race, and politics led to a historic performance at The Finale Club. Two jazz greats – Charlie Parker and Miles Davis – played at the club when Little Tokyo was Bronzeville and the Japanese American community was vanquished due to unfounded war hysteria.
Robert Shoji was born in Chicago and now resides in Torrance, CA. Married with one son, Robert graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Electrical Engineering. For over 30 years Robert managed the design and execution of audio systems in the consumer electronics industry. He is an avid music enthusiast and audiophile. This is his third Digital Histories film.
Director: Robert Shoji
Writer: Robert Shoji
Producer: Robert Shoji
Shorts Programs / 107 minsVisual Communications' Digital Histories program engages the passion of our elders to tell their stories in movie form. This year the seniors transformed an illness into a triumphant narrative, unearthed a forgotten jazz club in Little Tokyo, and explored how the first Japanese American Buddhist Taiko group came to be. - Gary Gabisan
In This Program: ABANDONED FABRIC, THE ARTS DISTRICT WITHOUT ARTISTS, A CENTENARIAN PLUS SIX, DANCING THROUGH LITTLE TOKYO, THE FINALE CLUB, HOLIDAY BOWL, JEFF IMADA: BREAKING BARRIERS BY DESIGN, KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS, GIVING IS AN ADDICTION, NOTE TO SELF, “ON MY HONOR…” BILL SHISHIMA VOLUNTEER EXTRAORDINAIRE, RAY ROCKS WITH HAIR, TAP, AND HIP-HOP, SAY YES TO YOUR HEART, TAIKO REFLECTIONS, THE TRAVELING RICE POT, WITHIN THE OPEN DOORS OF A SHINTO CHURCH IN BOYLE HEIGHTS