199 Chambers Street (BMCC campus)
MANY great jazz musicians were born in 1920, most notably Charlie Parker. In addition to some rare video of Parker in performance, we’ll see compelling footage of Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae (photo), Dave Brubeck, Paul Gonsalves, and Clark Terry. But some important actors were also born in 1920. As a bonus, we’ll watch some exciting scenes from movies you may never have seen.
“Scenes Through the Cinema Lens” is curated and hosted by Krin Gabbard, who teaches in the Jazz Studies program at Columbia University. In 2014 he retired from Stony Brook University where he had, since 1981, taught classical literature, film studies, and literary theory. His books include Psychiatry and the Cinema (1987), Jammin’ at the Margins: Jazz and the American Cinema (1996), Black Magic: White Hollywood and African American Culture (2004), Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture (2008), and Better Git It in Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus (2016). At Columbia he teaches courses on jazz and American culture.