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September 29, 1995

Library of Congress Presents Jazz Film Series

Artie Shaw, Max Roach, Benny Carter and Joe Williams will discuss film documaentation of their careers at special evenings devoted to each artist in the Library of Congress Jazz Film Series, Oct 10 - Dec 12, in the Mary Pickford Theatre, third floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E.

Admission is free; however, telephone reservations are required due to the limited capacity of the 64-seat theater. Programs, except those on Shaw, Roach and Carter, begin at 7 p.m. All films and videos are from the Library of Congress collections.

"Artie Shaw -- Time Is All You've Got," filmmaker Brigitte Berman's 1984 Academy Award-winning documentary on the famed clarinettist, bandleader, author and composer, opens the series at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 10. Mr. Shaw's lecture is at 8 p.m. in the Madison Building sixth-floor Mumford Room, where non-reserved seating is on a first-arrival basis.

"Max Roach in Concert" and "Max Roach -- In Session" (1982) will be screened Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m., and Mr. Roach, percussionist, composer and educator, will speak at 8 p.m. in the Mumford Room.

"Benny Carter -- Symphony in Riffs," Harrison Engle and Lucille Ostrow's 1989 one-hour documentary, will be shown at 5 and 6:30 p.m., Dec. 1, in the Pickford Theater. Mr. Carter, who has had a wide-ranging career as a saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, bandleader and educator, joins his biographer, Ed Berger of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, for a discussion at 8 p.m. in the Mumford Room.

Singer Joe Williams will comment on the 1985 "Jazz Profiles -- Joe Williams" and the 1968 "NET Jazz -- Joe Williams" following the screening at 7 p.m., Dec. 5, in the Pickford Theater. Rep. Neil Abercrombie (Hawaii) will introduce Mr. Williams.

Nine of the films and videos that are being shown as part of the Jazz Film Series have seldom been seen by the public. They were conceived and produced by the late author, critic and filmmaker Ralph J. Gleason, originator of the educational television series "Jazz Casual." They are being shown through the courtesy of the Gleason Estate and Jazz Casual Productions Inc. Scheduled are "Cannonball Adderley," "Art Pepper," and "Sonny Rollins" (1963, 1964), Oct. 17; "Art Farmer," "Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Orchestra," and "Jimmy Witherspoon - Ben Webster," Oct. 24.

Other films that will be shown are "A Concert of Sacred Music," (1965), Oct. 31; "Jivin' in Be-Bop" (1947) and "Dizzy Gillespie" (1965), introduced by Rep. John Conyers (Michigan), Nov. 7; "Jazz on a Summer's Day" (1960) and "Newport Jazz 1967" (1968), Nov. 21; "Jazz on the Steve Allen Show" (1950s-1960s), Nov. 28; and finally jazz modernists "John Coltrane," (1964); "Charles Lloyd," (1968); "The Experimenters" (1965), on Dec. 12.

The Library of Congress Jazz Film Series is curated by Larry Appelbaum with support from the Music Division and the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division in the Library of Congress. Reservations will be accepted by telephone, (202) 707-5677, during business hours, no earlier than seven days in advance of each program. Reserved seats must be claimed at least 10 minutes before showtime, after which standbys will be admitted.


Tuesday, Oct. 10

Film on Artie Shaw, Pickford Theater, 5:30 p.m.
Discussion with Artie Shaw, Mumford Room, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 17

Films on Cannonball Adderley, Art Pepper and Sonny Rollins, Pickford Theater, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 24

Films on Art Farmer, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Jimmy Witherspoon, Pickford Theater, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

Film on Duke Ellington, Pickford Theater, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 7

Films on Dizzy Gillespie, Pickford Theater, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

Videos on Max Roach, Pickford Theater, 6:30 p.m.
Discussion with Max Roach, Mumford Room, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 21

Films on the Newport Jazz Festival, Pickford Theater, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 28

Jazz on the Steve Allen Show, Pickford Theater, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1

Film on Benny Carter, Pickford Theater, 5 and 6:30 p.m.
Talk with Benny Carter and Ed Berger, Mumford Room, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 5

Joe Williams will lead a discussion about his work following the showing of two films on his musicianship, Pickford Theater, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

"Jazz Modernists" John Coltrane, Charles Lloyd, Charles Mingus and Cecil Taylor are featured in three films, Pickford Theater, 7 p.m.

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PR 95-130
ISSN 0731-3527

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