The Sinatra Century

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Scenes through the Cinema Lens

The Sinatra Century

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Frank Sinatra was born one hundred years ago this month. According to some, he was the greatest interpretive artist of the twentieth century.   He carefully chose his songs, and he made them his own like no one else before or since. Nevertheless, we now think of his music as inseparable from the highs and lows he experienced as a lover of women, as a presence in the corridors of power, and as an icon of what it meant to be cool. His stature as a serious artist, however, is no longer in doubt. Happily, Sinatra frequently appeared on film throughout his career.

“Scenes through the Cinema Lens” is curated by Krin Gabbard, professor of Jazz Studies at Columbia University.  His book, Better Git It in Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus, will be published by the University of California Press in 2016. Viewing includes an informal Q&A.