Gravity Is No Limitation: Great Jazz Dance on Film


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Gravity Is No Limitation:
Great Jazz Dance on Film

Gravity is no limitation

December 13, 2016

Some of the best jazz dancing appeared in “race” films intended for black audiences in the 1930s and 1940s.  We’ll watch the Nicholas Brothers in films you probably never knew existed.  We’ll also watch a few choice moments from Hollywood films with Sammy Davis Jr, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelley, Savion Glover, the Condos Brothers and more.  

“Scenes Through the Cinema Lens” is a film retrospective focusing on the performing arts curated by Krin Gabbard.  Krin Gabbard retired after thirty-three years of teaching at Stony Brook University and now teaches in the jazz studies program at Columbia University. He is the author of  Better Git It in Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus. His previous books include Hotter than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture and Jammin’ at the Margins: Jazz and the American Cinema. He lives in New York City with his wife, Paula, and he is busy playing his trumpet and writing a memoir about his parents.