Arvo Leek (Michael Mahonen) is a young high
school student, a dedicated trumpet player, who has a passion for
jazz music. He is the son of an Estonian immigrant, and considered, by
most of his fellow classmates to be a "geek". Arvo, is innocent and naive;
but wants to discover all there is to know about jazz music from
the local musical legend, Slate Thompson (Billy Dee Williams). Arvo , along
best friend, Leslie, sneaks out at night because Arvo wants to hear Slate play at the local "jazz joint" or as he rehearses in an old warehouse...
The drummer in Slates band, has a girlfriend who takes a liking to Arvo; and she invites him to come with her that evening to hear Slate play at a party. Arvo finds himself upstairs with the Jazz legend and is challenged ... " Arvo, my man... play a song for me... if you can " by Slate. None of the musician believe the teenager knows anything about music. Slate finds an old trumpet for Arvo to play, and the musician is impressed and decided to take him in hand, and teach him all there is to know about jazz music ... and life.
Arvo must learn "what is important in life..."
"If you can look into the seeds of time, and
say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me. "
- William Shakespeare
Arvo is not happy at home, his mother deserted the family years ago; he and his father fight constantly. His father drinks too much and is unhappy with his job. Arvo wants to have more out of life, than just going to school. Father and son need to learn to live together in harmony. His friend , Leslie, is getting in trouble by cheating on a math test; and helping her brother with some questionable business deals. The drummer and his girl friend, teach Arvo some unhappy lessons in love...
This is a movie about music, lessons in love and in life....
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Arvo sees his idol Slate Thompson in the music store and is in awe of him!
Time of innocence is ending ... life long decisions must be made.