Aaron Landgraf’s short film, “Richie and the Styles” opens with this quote from Jazz legend Miles Davis, “Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.”
This quote rings true throughout the film’s 24 minute runtime. The story centers around Richie (Richard Louis Ulrich) an aspiring jazz trumpet player and his band, consisting of silent percussionist Jackie Boy (Sabastian Neudeck), drunkard slowpoke Benjamin (Luis Perez), and mama’s boy Ellis (Jaan Marion).
Richie’s life is about to change forever when his manager Jerald (Jed Ramsey) informs him that big time record label executive Ed Stevens (Cliff Mirabella) will be coming to see his show that evening. Richie must battle between being true to himself and his music or giving in to the temptation of cold, hard cash.
“Richie and the Styles” is a love letter to jazz in the same way as the 2014 film “Whiplash”. Even more similarity can be drawn between the two films by the presence of a grumpy bald man (Cliff Mirabella and J.K. Simmons, respectively).
This short film is worth a watch and you can catch it on GreenLitGo for free!