Jazz a la Mode Film Series: Les Blank Jazz Films
The Jazz a la Mode Film Series resumes at Amherst Cinema in October. Tom Reney will host two evenings devoted to two unique figures in American culture.
On October 8, we’ll see two films by Les Blank, the documentarian who died in April. To read Tom's blog on Les Blank, click here.
Dizzy Gillespie, Blank’s first film, is a 22-minute portrait of the jazz trumpeter. Blank was a bugler in his youth and when he left Florida to attend prep school at Phillips Andover, he “gravitated to the smoky, late night jazz clubs in New York and Boston, where [he] enjoyed abandoning whatever cares [he] had to the hot music.” He recalled that “a lot of serendipitous luck led to making Dizzy Gillespie in 1964.”
Our second Blank feature is Always for Pleasure which looks at the fascinating parade and street culture of New Orleans, where he attended Tulane University in the mid ‘50’s. (He later studied filmmaking at USC.) The film was released in 1978.
Arrive early for live jazz in the theater!
Tickets are available now at the Amherst Cinema, or online at amherstcinema.org.
Don't miss the next film in our Jazz a la Mode Film Series! October 29 we’ll present No One Can Hear You Read, a new documentary on pianist Erroll Garner.
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