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Marsalis, lending sound to a silent | Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/29/2010

WASHINGTON - JUNE 15:  (L-R) Jazz musicians Wy...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeMarsalis, lending sound to a silent | Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/29/2010
On Tuesday, the Keswick Theatre in Glenside hosts an event that, at first glance, might seem like a mismatch, even bizarre.
Jazz trumpet master Wynton Marsalis and a 10-piece ensemble will be accompanying - a silent film.
Yet that silent film is new, not old, and so are events like this, at which musical masters play live to accompany silent movies.
The film in question is Louis, directed by Dan Pritzker and shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind). It's less of a biopic than a riff on the life of Louis Armstrong.
Marsalis' group, featuring Victor Goines, Ted Nash, and other stalwarts of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, will play original pieces along with classic works by Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington. Philadelphia is the last stop on a tour that includes Chicago, Detroit, Washington, and New York's Apollo Theater.

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