[JPL] Jazz On Film

Tom Reney tr at wfcr.org
Fri Jul 17 07:50:53 EDT 2009

Coincidentally, we're just putting the finishing touches on a jazz film 
series collaboration between WFCR and Amherst Cinema, a non-profit 
theater complex.  The series begins September 1 with "Anita O'Day: The 
Life of a Jazz Singer."  On October 6 we'll screen "Thelonious Monk: 
Straight, No Chaser;" and on November 3, "'Round Midnight."  I'll 
introduce the films and moderate a Q&A afterwards.  There'll be a live 
music component to the evenings as well.  The series will resume in 
March and continue on a monthly basis throughout 2010.

Speaking of documentaries, George Schuller has directed an outstanding 
new film on Music Inn and the School of Jazz, the groundbreaking concert 
venue and educational institution that was based in Lenox, Massachusetts 
in the 1950's.  (Lenox is the site of Tanglewood, the summer home of the 
Boston Symphony Orchestra and, on Labor Day weekends, the Tanglewood 
Jazz Festival.)  Schuller's film is not in theatrical release yet, but 
he screened it last April at Amherst College and the Boston Public 
Library.  http://www.musicinnfilm.com/

This past Tuesday, I attended a reading in Lenox by Jeremy Yudkin, a 
Boston University professor who's written a book entitled "The Lenox 
School of Jazz: A Vital Chapter in the History of American Music and 
Race Relations."   This nicely illustrated and footnoted volume features 
interviews with some of the principles in the Music Inn/School of Jazz 
enterprise, and several of its illustrious faculty and students, 
including Sonny Rollins, Gunther Schuller, Ornette Coleman, and Randy 
Weston.  Here's a link to the book at Amazon.   

Tom Reney
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