Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Jazz films, and the return of KBEM's REEL Jazz

For those who are interested, a reminder that the concert film Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues airs at the Showplace Icon in St. Louis Park (and other theaters around the Twin Cities) tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 7. Tickets $12.50.

More information is now available on In My Mind, the only jazz film (as far as I know) featured in this year's Sound Unseen.

When: Sunday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m.
Where: Trylon MicrocinemaTickets $10.
Description: (2010, Gary Hawkins, 100m, USA) Not your run-of-the-mill concert film here as prodigy composer Jason Moran revisits and interprets bebop pianist Thelonious Monk’s historic 1959 Town Hall big band concert. Moran sifts through photographs from Duke’s Jazz Loft Project and audio recordings made by Eugene Smith to present the life, times, and music of North Carolina’s jazz giant.

Related: The web page from Moran's Walker Art Center performance in 2009, with lots of links.

Just announced: KBEM's REEL Jazz film series is back with a new season.


When: Third Thursdays, Sept.–Nov., 7:30 p.m.
Where: Trylon Microcinema. Tickets $10.

The schedule so far:

—Thursday, Sept. 15: Life After DjangoDirector Olivier Kowalski pays tribute to the great Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt.
Description: Django Reinhardt, the Roma genius, born to Gypsy parents in 1910, is considered by many to be the single most important guitarist in the entire history of jazz. To honor the 100th anniversary of Django's birth, one hundred of his disciples, including his grandson David Reinhardt, have gathered together for the "Django 100" Centennial Tour -- traveling the world to pay homage to this exceptional type-setter who marked the 20th century. Hear stories of the influence and passion by some of the more notable jazz guitarists, including Elios and Boulou Ferre, Angelo Debarre and Tchavlo Schmitt, as they prepare for the tour. Listen to the familiar songs performed by these renowned musicians -- all of whom have dedicated their lives and their careers to the legend.

—Thursday, Oct. 15: TBA

—Thursday, Nov. 17: TBA

About the Trylon: A small, intimate, comfortable, serious screening room. Seats just 50.

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