Noah’s Arc – ReBirth of a Jazz Singer
Noah’s Arc – ReBirth of a Jazz Singer is a short documentary that tells the story of Jazz Singer Noah Powell. From his humble roots in Kinston, NC, to touring with the likes of jazz great Stanley Baird, Noah was on a trajectory of musical heights. His passionate, soulful voice was inspiring and moving. While achieving professionally, Noah’s personal life was heading in a downward spiral. Noah was an addict and heroin was his drug of choice. In his words, he “hit bottom and went through the trap door in the bottom”. Noah became a convicted felon and spent 18 months behind bars. Noah’s future looked bleak.
Noah’s Arc is the powerful and honest story of one man’s struggle to re-build his life and start again. A moving tribute to the ability to overcome incredible obstacles and begin again, from nothing, and set a course of peace, love and redemption.
More about Noah – Noah is keeping alive the jazz vocal heritage of Jon Hendricks and Eddie Jefferson. Noah Powell is a native of Kinston NC and a graduate of NorthCarolina Central University (1983). As a working musician he has collaborated with some of the finest musicians in his native North Carolina. From 1984-86 Noah worked with Chip Crawford and in 1985 he replaced Nina Freelon as the vocalist for the William McLaughlin quartet later to be renamed Mastertrax. Noah joined the vocal group “A String of Pearls” directed by Ed. Paolantonio in 1986. Throughout the rest of the 80’s Noah did stints with Brother Yusuf Salim and the Scott Sawyer trio. During the first half of the 1990s Noah was front-man for the Stanley Baird group. At the late 90s into early 2000, Noah collaborated with guitarist Bob Tapp. Noah is currently collaborating with pianist Allison Wiener and performing throughout the triangle with his own unit.
In addition to professional crew, As Part of The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s School of Doc, incredible Durham, NC HS students shot, lit, interviewed, provided editorial input and were production assistants for this production.