Jazz a la Mode Film Series
JJoin us for great jazz documentaries at the Amherst Cinema! Each evening features live music, the film and an intro and Q&A session by NEPR's Jazz a la Mode host, Tom Reney. All shows begin at 7pm. Tickets available at amherstcinema.org. Presented in collaboration with the Amherst Cinema.
October 8 - Les Blank Film Series
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!
October 29 - No One Can Hear You Read
On October 29, we’ll present No One Can Hear You Read, a new documentary on pianist Erroll Garner. The title of Atticus Brady’s film refers to Garner’s inability to read music. But this hardly detracted from his skill as a pianist, or as the composer of "Misty" and a handful of other beautiful songs. In the movie, Steve Allen, who often hosted Garner on his television show, hails the “freakish degree of his superiority” over other pianists. Garner was a guest of Johnny Carson dozens of times, and in 1956 became the first jazz artist represented by the impresario Sol Hurok. No One Can Hear You Read recounts Garner’s successful career but also looks at why the critical renown for what Woody Allen calls the “emotional uplift” of his music has declined since his death in 1977.
Arrive early for live jazz with Jeffrey Holmes in the theater, and stay lafter the film for a Q&A with Jazz a la Mode host Tom Reney.
Tickets are available online www.amherstcinema.org or at the Amherst Cinema box office.
Presented in collaboration with New England Public Radio and Amherst Cinema.