Searchlight Serenade + Camp Days Music

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Performing Arts

Feb 20141

Wesley United Methodist Church
566 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, California, 95112
United States

Big bands and music played vital roles in Japanese American internment camps, whether it was as therapy or as a connection to the Nisei's American identity. Now JAMsj public programs and CATS are joining forces to bring you a unique fundraiser exploring these roles through a screening of the documentary, Searchlight Serenade, and a Q&A session with the filmmaker and artist Amy Uyeki. Guests will also be treated to a special live performance of WWII era music by the Wesley Jazz Ensemble.

  Searchlight Serenade gives viewers a first-hand look at the big bands formed during WWII in the Japanese American Internment camps from 1942 to 1945. You'll hear the stories of 9 musicians and singers, including the film's advisor Yoshida (who helped locate the featured band members), Joe Shiro, Yone Fukui, and Frances (Chickie) Ishihara White. KEET-TV and Uyeki bring their stories to life through archival footage and a 12-minute animation created from Uyeki's original woodblock prints and drawings. These works of art were inspired by actual events of some of the musicians and singers she interviewed. The film reminds viewers of the positive impact music and art can have on people during difficult times.

Please join us for a Q&A session after the screening with Uyeki. This session will be followed by a live performance from the Wesley Jazz Ensemble, who will perform classics such as Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade," Duke Ellington's "Take the A Train," and Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind."
Cost: No fee at the door but donations greatly appreciated.  

RSVP early. Please contact or call (408) 294-3138 to reserve a spot. Seating is limited.

You can find more information on big bands in camp at   


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