Jazz in the Diamond District is a 79-minute, urban drama that chronicles the summer of Washington, D.C. native, Jasmine "Jazz" Morgan, who joins a Go-go band in hopes of becoming a singing sensation. This rhythmic journey through the nation's capital explores the contrasts between the values of Jazz's family and the complex and often reckless decisions that she makes as she navigates the music industry. Shot entirely on-location in Washington, D.C., the film highlights the rarely-seen residential neighborhoods of the city and the volatile energy of Go-go music and the D.C. underground.
The film is produced by Soblu Inc. and stars Wood Harris (The Wire, Paid in Full, Hendrix) and D.C.'s own, Clifton Powell (Ray, Norbit, Dead Presidents) alongside native Washingtonians, Monique Cameron, Erica Chamblee (House of Cards, The Wire, Lincoln) and Andre' Strong (all graduates of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in D.C.) It was co-edited by Academy Award nominee, Daniel Rezende (City of God), and features an original score composed by D.C.'s own super-producer, Chucky Thompson (P. Diddy, Notorious BIG, Mary J. Blige). In addition, the film was shot on the Sony HDW-F900 CineAlta™ high-definition camera and is the first independent film to shoot with the revolutionary MK-V AR Steadicam system.