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Starring: Joshua Boone, Solea Pfeiffer, Amirah Vann, Austin Scott, Milauna Jemai Jackson, Brent Antonello, Brad Benedict, Kario Marcel, Lana Young, Ryan Eggold, Rob Wood
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Netflix period drama written and directed by Tyler Perry. A Jazzman’s Blues (2022) is set during the 1940s and centers on star-crossed lovers Bayou and Leanne (Joshua Boone and Solea Pfeiffer) in a tale of forbidden love and family drama as it unravels 40 years of secrets and lies against a soundtrack of juke joint blues in the Deep South.
Our Favorite Quotes:'Sometimes you have to just go on so that you can come back to help.' - Ira (A Jazzman's Blues) Click To Tweet
Johnathan Dupree: Something I can do for you, ma’am? I’m fairly busy.
Elderly Hattie Mae: I want you to look into a murder that happened here in Hopewell.
Johnathan Dupree: Have you spoken to the Sheriff’s Office? They handle…
Elderly Hattie Mae: Ain’t for them. They killed him right here in this town in 1947.
Johnathan Dupree: You want me to look into a murder that happened over forty years ago?
Elderly Hattie Mae: [as she gives Bayou’s letters to Johnathan] I never wrote nothing down on the paper. Life’s too long. He wrote down everything. Everything you need to know. It’s right here.
Bayou: [from his letters] You know, as we drove past my mama’s old house, it’s falling apart now, but it still bring back one good memory. When we first met. I can still smell the lavender and the moonshine.
Bayou: Who that there?
Citsy: Well, that’s Ethel Lee’s daughter. They call her Bucket.
Bayou: Why do they call her that?
Citsy: Because her mama dumped her here like an empty bucket when she ran off North.
Bayou: Horace John Boyd’s my name, but everybody call me Bayou.
Leanne: Why they call you that?
Bayou: My pa says my eye’s deep as the bayou from the time I was born.
Leanne: Let me see your eyes. Your eyes are normal. Your daddy don’t seem like he know much.
Bayou: Bayou is what I like to be called, Bucket.
Leanne: My name is Leanne Jean Harper, and I prefer to be called by my name. Don’t you ever call me Bucket, or I’ll never speak to you again.
Bayou: Will I see you again, Lil Ann?
Leanne: When you learn how to say my name.
Buster: [referring to Bayou] Where he going?
Hattie Mae: He going to ask that gal if he can take her to the social.
Willie Earl: What gal? Bucket? She ain’t going to go nowhere with him.
Bayou: Why him and Daddy treat me like that?
Hattie Mae: You don’t worry about them. Or nobody else. You hear me?
Hattie Mae: Why you got to be so mean to this boy? It ain’t right. I don’t care. It ain’t right.
Bayou: It’s alright, Mama. I can handle myself.
Buster: You hear that, Willie Earl? Now, Bayou, that’s something I’d like to see.
Bayou: I came to ask you to the social.
Leanne: [referring to her grandfather] That’s nice, but he won’t let me do that. He won’t let me be around nobody.
Bayou: Why come?
Leanne: He just mean. It’s like he hates me.
Bayou: Yeah. I know the feeling.
Leanne: Why you don’t know how to read?
Bayou: Well, my pa and my brother say I’m too slow to learn.
Leanne: Don’t you listen to that. You can. I’ll show you.
Bayou: [from his letters] You looked so beautiful in that night light. Ain’t never known nobody to encourage me but my mama. And she ain’t make me feel like you did.
'We was both starting be crazy about each other. Like we know what was being said, and we wasn't even talking.' - Bayou (A Jazzman's Blues) Click To Tweet
Bayou: That first night we stood there at that tree for hours, just talking, almost till the sun come up. And every night after that, I couldn’t wait for that airplane to come through my window.
Bayou: It was so innocent, so pure. We did something we both needed real bad. We laughed. We laughed a lot.
Bayou: [from his letters] But I didn’t understand the shaking. Always felt like there was so much you wanted to say, but for some reason you never did. You’d just shake like a leaf in the wind Sometimes I thought, even on a hot night, you would just shake. Like your soul was trying to shake something out.
Bayou: All summer long we met in that tree. I was worried about what would happen when the season rains come. But you know what? There you were. I thought you was crazy, gal. Truth is, we was both starting be crazy about each other. Like we know what was being said, and we wasn’t even talking.
Bayou: And that was our first kiss. Ain’t nothing felt that good in all my life. I walked home floating, like my feet didn’t even touch the ground. But that ain’t last long.
Hattie Mae: You put your hands on me again, I swear, I’ll kill you dead.
Buster: [to Bayou] Where you been, boy? Come here.
Hattie Mae: You touch him, I’ll meet your soul at the gates of hell.
Leanne: [to Bayou] You look sad. Don’t be. I need you to be happy because we can’t be sad together. You hear me?
Bayou: You made me feel like a man. You made me feel good. You made me.
Bayou: I hated that night. I was so confused. Maybe I shouldn’t have told you I loved you.
Bayou: [from his letters] I lay there waiting for a paper airplane, or waiting at that tree for you. We went from talking every night, all summer long, to you not coming at all. I got so worried. So I went to your house that night.
'You are the only person that makes me feel safe.' - Leanne (A Jazzman's Blues) Click To Tweet
Bayou: [referring to the night he saw Leanne being molested] I never told you, but I saw it. I hated every day I didn’t come in there and kill him. What kind of man I’m is that I didn’t. Maybe my brother and daddy are right. Maybe I am weak.
Bayou: Maybe I shouldn’t have told you that I love you, but I do. That’s how I feel. But if you stop coming to see me…
Leanne: No, it ain’t that. I love you too.
Bayou: Then marry me.
Leanne: I’m not a pure girl.
Bayou: I don’t care. I love you. I love you. We can run away. Anywhere. We’ll be alright. Just marry me.
Bayou: Me and Leanne been courting for a while.
Bayou: No. Don’t call her that.
Hattie Mae: I knew something was going on. You sneak out of here at night.
Bayou: You know?
Hattie Mae: Yeah. Just didn’t know it was her.
Bayou: Leanne, don’t go. Don’t go. Please. No. Don’t. Don’t.
Ethel: My father told me what you did to her. You better thank heavens I’m not calling the sheriff. Now you get out of here, and you leave her alone.
Bayou: Dear Leanne. Been writing to you every day for a year now. Been sending letters to everybody in Boston with your last name, hoping that one of these letters finds you.
Hattie Mae: [referring to the wounded Ira] If that man die here, we going to be in a world of trouble.
Willie Earl: You just make sure he don’t.