The festival kicks-off with a new two-night film marathon featuring an array of classic films that shed light on some of the most influential artists and historical moments in jazz. (Each film will be screened once on each day.)
Celebrated writer, filmmaker and Brooklynite Nelson George will host the screenings and provide insight into the artists in each film and their place in the pantheon of jazz.
Sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
A Great Day in Harlem (1994)
Oct 8 at 9:30pm - BRIC House Stoop/Gallery - FREE W/ RSVP
Oct 9 at 6:30pm - BRIC House Ballroom - FREE W/ RSVP
Directed by Jean Bach | 1h
In August of 1958, in front of a Harlem brownstone, first-time photographer Art Kane assembled 57 of the greatest jazz stars of all time and snapped a picture that would live forever. Narrated by Quincy Jones, this Academy Award-nominated documentary examines the fascinating lives of the musicians who showed up that day to make history. Through remarkable interviews with nearly 30 jazz greats and rare, archival performance footage, A Great Day in Harlem tells the story behind the legendary photograph.
Oct 8 at 9pm - BRIC House Ballroom - FREE W/ RSVP
Oct 9 at 7pm - BRIC House Stoop/Gallery - FREE W/ RSVP
Directed by Stephen Kijak and Paul Marchand | 1h 50min
Produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo in association with Passion Pictures, JACO includes some incredible insights from an array of artists including Flea, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee, Bootsy Collins, Carlos Santana and others as well as Jaco’s family and friends. It unveils the story of his music, his life, his demise, and ultimately the fragility of great artistic genius.
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988)
Oct 8 at 7:30pm - BRIC House Stoop/Gallery - FREE W/ RSVP
Oct 9 at 8pm - BRIC House Ballroom - FREE W/ RSVP
Directed by Charlotte Zwerin | 1h 30min
Highlighting the life of one of the most extraordinary individuals in the history of jazz by using precious film footage shot in the late 1930s of jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, this film provides a special opportunity to savor the work of this one-of-a-kind musical revolutionary.
Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959)
Oct 8 at 7pm - BRIC House Ballroom - FREE W/ RSVP
Oct 9 at 9:15pm - BRIC House Stoop/Gallery - FREE W/ RSVP
Directed by Bert Stern | 1h 25min
An incredible collection of classic live performances, Jazz on a Summer's Day captures Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Chuck Berry, Mahalia Jackson, and many others performing at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.
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