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John H. Armwood Jazz History Lecture Nashville's Cheekwood Arts Center 1989

Sunday, October 02, 2016

I Called Him Morgan | NYFF54

"On the night of February 19, 1972, Helen Morgan walked into the East Village bar Slug’s Saloon with a gun in her handbag. She came to see her common-law husband, the great jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan, whom she had nursed through heroin addiction. They fought, he literally threw her out; then she walked back in and shot him, handed over her gun and waited for the police to arrive. Many years later, Helen was interviewed about her life with the brilliant but erratic musician, and the tapes of that interview are the backbone of this beautifully crafted and deeply affecting film from Kasper Collin (My Name Is Albert Ayler).

Catch a free talk with director Kasper Collin and more Spotlight on Documentary filmmakers at NYFF Live: Documentary Panel on 10/11 at 7:00pm."

I Called Him Morgan | NYFF54

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bobby Hutcherson Quartet - Jitterbug Waltz

My Bill Evans Problem–Jaded Visions of Jazz and Race | NewMusicBox

"Against that historical backdrop, I also practiced a form of racial profiling of musicians. Though I was wrong about the racial identities of the Righteous Brothers, Average White Band, and Teena Marie, I knew what black musicians “sounded like” via Motown, Stax, and Philadelphia International records. Though no one stated it specifically, there was a “black sound” and a “white sound.” To like a “white sound,” or worse, a white musician who “sounded black,” was cultural treason. Without realizing it at the time, this inhibited me on many levels, especially as a clarinetist and pianist in high school. When I was studying classical music, and I allowed myself to be moved by it, I feared that some of my black peers would see me as an Uncle Tom."

My Bill Evans Problem–Jaded Visions of Jazz and Race | NewMusicBox