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Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Fri, Aug 21, 2015
7:30pm

JAZZ ON FILM
Double Feature!
“Jazz on a Spring Day” / STORMY WEATHER
Presented by the American Cinematheque and sponsored by Sony Legacy Recordings and Amoeba Music.

All ticket buyers will be eligible to win a jazz CD courtesy of Sony Legacy Recordings.

Introduction by tap dancer and choreographer Rusty Frank, who will put into context some of the dancing seen in the shorts, and talk about her work with the Nicholas Brothers, who appear in STORMY WEATHER. She will also sign her book, TAP! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories 1900-1955, in the lobby at 6:30 PM.

West Coast Premiere!
Jazz on a Spring Day
100 min.
See performances by some of jazz’s greatest artists in these vintage shorts, digitally restored by the Cohen Film Collection from the best existing 35mm elements! Films include: “Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life” (1935, 9 min. Dir. Fred Waller) with Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday; “A Rhapsody in Black and Blue” (1932, 10 min. Dir. Aubrey Scotto) with Louis Armstrong; “St. Louis Blues” (1929, 16 min. Dir. Dudley Murphy) with Bessie Smith; “Cab Calloway’s Hi-De-Ho” (1934, 10 min. Dir. Fred Waller); “A Bundle of Blues” (1933, 9 min. Dir. Fred Waller) with Duke Ellington; “(Paramount Presents) Hoagy Carmichael” (1939, 10 min. Dir. Leslie M. Roush); “Artie Shaw’s Class in Swing” (1939, 10 min. Dir. Leslie M. Roush); “Jazz à la Cuba” (1933, 5 min.) with The Don Aspiazu Orchestra; and “Black and Tan Fantasy” (1929, 19 min. Dir. Dudley Murphy) with Duke Ellington.

STORMY WEATHER
1943, 20th Century Fox, 78 min, USA, Dir: Andrew L. Stone

The life of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson provided loose inspiration for this classic musical, and he stars as a WWI vet who hopes to make it big as a dancer and win the heart of singer Selina Rogers (Lena Horne). Selected for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, this dazzling revue was among the first major studio features with a predominantly African-American cast, and showcases iconic performances by such stars as Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and the Nicholas Brothers, whose “Jumpin’ Jive” sequence was once described by Fred Astaire as the greatest movie musical number he had ever seen.


Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Fri, Aug 21, 2015 • 7:30pm

Films in this Series at the Aero

Jazz Musician Corky Hale In Person! Rare Screening!
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 - 7:30pm
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Sat, Aug 22, 2015 - 7:30pm
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Andy Garcia In Person!
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 - 7:30pm
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