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August 19, 2005

Jazz and Soul Film Series to Be Shown this Fall

Series Begins With "The Gene Krupa Story" on Oct. 17

The Music Division and the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division of the Library of Congress are again cosponsoring a free "Jazz and Soul" film series in the Mary Pickford Theater, beginning on Oct. 17 and continuing on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. through Dec. 19.

No tickets are required, but seating is very limited. Reservations may be made by phone during business hours beginning one week before any given screening. Reserved seats must be claimed at least 10 minutes before show time, after which standbys will be admitted.

The theater is located on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The program of films, which is subject to change without notice, is listed below.

Oct. 17

"The Gene Krupa Story" (Philip A. Waxman Pictures/Columbia, 1959) and "The Sound of Jazz" (1957)

A feature biography of the popular swing jazz drummer best known for his work with Benny Goodman and his own early integrated big band. Stars Sal Mineo, whose drumming on-screen is ghosted by Krupa himself. Shelly Manne (as Dave Tough) and Red Nichols have featured roles, in addition to appearances by Clyde Hurley, Al Morgan and Bobby Troup. Bix Beiderbecke, Bunny Berrigan, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey and Frankie Trumbauer are all represented onscreen by actors.

Oct. 24

"The Connection" (The Connection Co./Allen-Hodgdon Productions, 1961)

Shirley Clarke's prize-winning controversial film is based on a play by Jack Gelber about drug addicts waiting for their connection. Shot in cinema-vérité style, the cast includes notable appearances and performances by saxophonist Jackie McLean and pianist Freddie Redd. Shown with an excerpt from "One Night with Blue Note" featuring Jackie McLean from the historic reunion concert at New York's Town Hall marking the revival of the Blue Note record label.

Oct. 31

"Sweet Love, Bitter" (Film 2 Associates, 1966) and "Jazz at the Philharmonic" (1950)

A film adaptation of John A. Williams' novel "Night Song" about a jazz saxophonist Richie "Eagle" Coles--a character based loosely on Charlie "Bird" Parker and played by Dick Gregory. Music by Mal Waldron and Charles McPherson. The second film is director Gjon Mili's unfinished follow-up to his groundbreaking film "Jammin' the Blues"; stars Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Bill Harris, Lester Young, Flip Phillips, Hank Jones, Ray Brown, Buddy Rich and Ella Fitzgerald in a series of startling lip-synched studio performances.

Nov. 7

"The Cool World" (Wiseman Film Productions, 1963)

Featuring a jazz score by Mal Waldron and Dizzy Gillespie, Shirley Clarke's film portrays with "unflinching realism" the pressures that confront a group of young black teenagers in Harlem.

Nov. 14

"Salsa" (Salsa Inc./Fania Records, 1976)

A documentary and performance film centering around the historic 1973 Yankee Stadium concert by the Fania All-Stars featuring Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Larry Harlow, Johnny Pacheco, Mongo Santamaria, Ricardo Ray, Bobby Cruz, Roberto Roena, Billy Cobham, Manu Dibango and other stars of the Latin music scene in New York and Puerto Rico.

Nov. 21

"Harlem Variety Revue" Part I (Pathé Telefilms1955*56)

Four episodes of the all-black rhythm-and-blues variety television show hosted by Willie Bryant; features Lionel Hampton, Bill Bailey, Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, Honi Coles, Cholly Atkins, Sarah Vaughan, Amos Milburn, Joe Turner, Mantan Moreland and others.

Nov. 28

"Harlem Variety Revue" Part II (Pathé Telefilms1955*56)

Another four episodes with Count Basie, "Big" Joe Turner, Martha Davis, Nipsey Russell, Lionel Hampton, Dinah Washington, Nat "King" Cole, Faye Adams and others.

Dec. 5

"That Rhythm, Those Blues" (GTN Productions for WGBH,1988) and "God Only Knows: Vocal Harmony" (Australian Broadcasting Corp., 2003)

The first is a documentary about pre-rock 'n' roll, "all black" rhythm and blues from the 1940s and early 1950s featuring Charles Brown, Ruth Brown, record store and label owner Bobby Robinson, disc jockeys Shelly the Playboy and Diggy Doo, and record producers Jerry Wexler and Ralf Bass. It is followed by a fascinating documentary that includes seldom-seen archival footage of the Delta Rhythm Boys, the Moonglows, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, the Chantels, Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys, the Boswell Sisters, the Mills Brothers, the Beach Boys, the Supremes and others.

Dec. 12

"Soul to Soul" (Nigram/Aura, 1971)

Wilson Pickett, Ike and Tina Turner, the Staples Sisters, Voices of East Harlem and others in the legendary concert on March 6, 1971, in Ghana, celebrating the 14th anniversary of the country's independence.

Dec. 19

"Sam Cooke: Legend" (VH1/Abkco, 2001) and "The Apollo Presents the Motortown Revue" (1963)

Archival footage and photos tell the story of soul singer-songwriter Cooke, including interviews with his killer, his father and younger brother, as well as Lou Rawls, Aretha Franklin, Dick Clark, Lloyd Price, Gladys Knight and many others. This is followed by "The Apollo Presents the Motortown Revue," a performance film of various Motown artists before they became accomplished professionals, such as Little Stevie Wonder, the Miracles, the Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye, Martha & the Vandellas, Mary Wells and others.

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PR 05-167
08/19/05
ISSN 0731-3527

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