Queens College Music Faculty Appear
in the 2012 Academy Award-Nominated Film Chico and Rita
Professors from the Aaron Copland School of Music are part of the musical ensemble that has helped earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature for the film Chico and Rita. A love story between a musician and a singer set against the backdrops of Havana, New York City and Paris in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the film features faculty members from the college’s jazz program performing as some of the greatest musicians of our time.
Michael Philip Mossman—who conducted the Chico and Rita New York Band and Orchestra for the film—performed as Dizzy Gillespie and Pedrito Martinez performed as the great Cuban musician Miguelito Valdés. Mossman also composed the song Persecución and arranged additional music. Other members of the jazz faculty were featured in the Chico and Rita New York Band and Orchestra, including Antonio Hart on alto saxophone and Jeb Patton on piano. Professor Emeritus Jimmy Heath also appeared performing as jazz great Ben Webster.
The Aaron Copland School of Music enjoys an international reputation for its graduate programs. It offers rigorous academic tracks in theory, composition, and musicology. Advanced certificates and degrees in classical and jazz performance help students refine their craft under the instruction of some of New York’s most accomplished instrumentalists and singers. Learn more about the music school.
Learn more about Chico and Rita.