maestroEssential, historical 2003 documentary Maestro on the birth of the underground club scene, Paradise Garage, Disco and House Music in New York City featuring DJs Larry Levan, David Mancuso, Frankie Knuckles, Francis Grasso, Nicky Siano, Little Louie Vega, Jellybean Benitez, and Francois Kevorkian among others. Full of first person accounts from the surviving DJs as well as former staff and people like me who just came to dance makes this documentary rich with intimate detail. A must-watch for anyone interested in the birth of dance music, NYC nightlife, or LGBTQ people of color. 4 out of 5 for Maestro.


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