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The first jazz recordings were made by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1917. Today we’re much more likely to be celebrating the birthdays of three great jazz artists, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk, all of them born in 1917. Happily, there is great film footage for all three, documenting their youthful as well as their mature moments as performers.
“Scenes Through the Cinema Lens” is a free film retrospective focusing on the performing arts curated by Krin Gabbard, professor of Jazz Studies at Columbia University. He is also the author of Better Git It in Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus and Hotter than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture.
Admission is FREE.