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1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 - Sun, Aug 23, 2015
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In-Person Guests!

Presented by the American Cinematheque and sponsored by Sony Legacy Recordings and Amoeba Music.

Jazz and motion pictures have been linked since the pioneering 1927 talkie THE JAZZ SINGER. Our weekend survey of jazz on film goes way beyond Al Jolson, with fine and mellow balladry, jumpin’ and jivin’ rhythms, cool crime scores and hot Latin music turning the Aero into the hippest nightspot in town. Join us as we salute some of the greatest jazz vocalists and instrumentalists to ever grace the big screen!

Short subjects were usually part of a night at the movies in the 1930s, and occasionally consisted of musical numbers; legends including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and Cab Calloway perform their hits in our night of restored jazz shorts. Classic musical STORMY WEATHER features fine singing from Lena Horne, Fats Waller and Calloway, as well as fancy footwork from Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and the Nicholas Brothers.

Narrative films drew from the power of jazz, sometimes for plotlines. Biopics have dramatized the lives of musicians from Glenn Miller and Red Nichols to Charlie Parker; Diana Ross’ electrifying performance as Billie Holiday in LADY SINGS THE BLUES shows how powerful the right combination of star and role can be. More often, jazz supplied the soundtrack, and its edgy energy was perfect for film noir. Duke Ellington’s score for ANATOMY OF A MURDER and Modern Jazz Quartet pianist John Lewis’ music for ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW are superb examples of “crime jazz.”

Nonfiction films also have put the spotlight on styles of jazz further off the beaten path. Andy Garcia’s portrait of the original mambo king, CACHAO … COMO SU RITMO NO HAY DOS helped to put the vibrant music of Cuba on the jazz map. And CALLE 54 offers a solid introduction to the Latin jazz of such virtuosos as Tito Puente, Gato Barbieri and Chucho Valdes.

Series programming and notes by John Hagelston.

We're thrilled to welcome jazz musician Corky Hale (who accompanied Billie Holiday in 1956) to introduce the Thursday night screening of LADY SINGS THE BLUES, tap dancer/choreographer Rusty Frank to introduce "Jazz on A Spring Day" and STORMY WEATHER on Friday night, and Andy Garcia for a discussion following the Sunday night screening of CACHAO … COMO SU RITMO NO HAY DOS (which he directed).
Aero TheatreThu, Aug 20, 2015 - Sun, Aug 23, 2015
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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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Fri, Aug 21, 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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