1. Win tickets to 2013 Earshot Jazz Films at Northwest Film Forum
From Northwest Film Forum's website:
"Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz" introduced by KPLU's Robin Lloyd
Sneak preview screening!
Friday, Oct 18 at 08:00PM
American women instrumentalists made major contributions to jazz from the early 1920s to the 1970s, including through the development of all-female jazz groups and ensembles. Lady Be Good captures the lost stories of these female jazz musicians, through provocative and often humorous interviews with musicians, big band leaders, jazz authors and historians.
Les Blank on Film
Oct 19 - Oct 20
Saturday, Oct 19 at 08:00PM
Sunday, Oct 20 at 08:00PM
(Les Blank, USA, 1965, 16mm, 22 min)
Rare images of the immortal bebop jazzman Dizzy Gillespie, as he talks about his beginnings and music theories—and blows a lot of hot music on his famous bent horn.
Always for Pleasure
(Les Blank, USA, 1978, 16mm, 99 min)
An intense, insider’s portrait of New Orleans’ street celebrations and unique cultural gumbo: including second-line parades, Mardi Gras and the Jazz Fest. Features live music from Professor Longhair, the Wild Tchoupitoulas, the Neville Brothers and more. This glorious, soul-satisfying film is among Blank’s special masterworks.
Charles Lloyd: 'Arrows Into Infinity'
Monday, Oct 21 at 07:00PM
Thursday, Oct 24 at 07:00PM
Arrows Into Infinity is a journey in sound through the unusual life and career of jazz legend Charles Lloyd, one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 1960s, whose music crossed traditional boundaries and explored new territories. Here, Lloyd and those who worked with him over the last five decades help us better understand this enigmatic man and his spiritual pursuits through music.
John Coltrane 'Ascension' Double Bill
Tuesday, Oct 22 at 07:00PM
John Coltrane's Ascension was called, “the most powerful human sound ever recorded" in Down Beat Magazine in 1965, and "the most vexatious work in jazz history" by jazz critic Gary Giddins. These contradictory claims indicate just how controversial this music was at the time Coltrane recorded it. Ascension in fact still causes arguments; the ideas behind the music are still alive and making waves today. All the more reason to rejoice in Electric Ascension, reincarnated for the 21st century in live performance by the large, fluctuating ensemble "Orkestrova." This program features a concert film performance of Ascension, as re-imagined by the Sax quartet Rova, plus a behind-the-scenes look at how the performance came together. This is a work-in-progress screening.
Electric Ascension, Live at the Guelph Jazz Festival
(John Rogers, USA, 2013, Blu-ray, 68 min)
Famed for its scale and raw emotional power, John Coltrane’s 1965 recording Ascension has been re-imagined and rearranged for live performance by an all-star ensemble of improvisers, led by the Rova Saxophone Quartet.
Cleaning the Mirror
(John Rogers, USA, 2013, Blu-ray, 45 min)
This documentary explores the musical history and creative process behind Electric Ascension. Shot at jazz festivals in Paris and Saalfelden (Austria), musicians speak about their inspiration, their approach to the music and their connection to Coltrane. Among those interviewed are Nels Cline, Andrew Cyrille, Art Davis, Jason Kao Hwang, Eyvind Kang, Rova, Jenny Scheinman and Elliot Sharp. The film includes musical excerpts, archival photos and behind-the-scenes footage.
'Babe's and Ricky's Inn'
Wednesday, Oct 23 at 07:00PM
Wednesday, Oct 23 at 09:00PM
Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn chronicles the final days of one of the most unique and vibrant blues clubs in the world. For 53 years, Laura Mae Gross (“Mama Laura”), an African American woman from Mississippi, brought musicians together regardless of their race, age, or gender, in her club, where only the music mattered.