Scenes through the Cinema Lens event
Filmmakers don’t always get it right when they put jazz into their films, but when they do, we should celebrate. In fact, we should celebrate when all we get is a good opportunity to watch great jazz artists in a bad film. How else can we see them? We’ll see Benny Goodman with his quartet and big band in Hollywood Hotel (1937), Duke Ellington and his orchestra in Murder at the Vanities, Louis Armstrong in Pillow to Post (1945), Dave Brubeck in All Night Long (1962), plus Nat King Cole, Barbara Stanwyck, Dorothy Dandridge, Peggy Lee, Glenn Miller and much more.
“Scenes Through the Cinema Lens” is a film retrospective focusing on the performing arts curated by Krin Gabbard, professor of Jazz Studies at Columbia University. He is also the author of Better Git It in Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus and Hotter than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture.