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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Jazz Fest means music films, too

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 10:40 AM

Mahalia Jackson at the 1970 Jazz Fest
  • Mahalia Jackson at the 1970 Jazz Fest

If the rainy forecast for the first weekend of this year's Jazz Fest holds true, a little time spent indoors watching films programmed to complement the festival might not seem like a bad idea.

Friends of the Cabildo will screen a historic collection of seven rare 16mm film reels shot at the first Jazz Fest in 1970 tonight, April 23, at 6:00 p.m & 7:30 p.m at the Old U.S. Mint 3rd Floor Performance Space, 400 Esplanade Avenue in the French Quarter. The films feature artists including Duke Ellington, Mahalia Jackson and Danny Barker, and Band-In-A-Pocket Jazz Trio will provide live accompaniment to sequences lacking sound. Tickets constitute a donation to Friends of the Cabildo at a cost of $20 and $15 for Friends of the Cabildo/Louisiana Museum Foundation/New Orleans Film Society Members. Reservatinos are recommended and can be made by calling 504-523-3939 or emailing More info here.

In addition. WWOZ and the Indywood Theater will present a strong selection of music-themed films in honor of this year's festival. On Friday, April 24 at 9 p.m. it's Perry Henzell's 1972 reggae classic The Harder They Come starring JImmy Cliff, who performs at Jazz Fest earlier that day. Director D. A Pennebaker's Monterrey Pop — which features artists like JImi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and another performer at this year's Jazz Fest, The Who — screens on Saturday, April 25 at 9 p.m. On Sunday, April 26 at 9 p.m. it's Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue, which includes the jazz legend's full 45-minute set at 1970's Isle of Wight festival. Davis' band includes Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and others in the throes of inventing jazz fusion.

Indywood will offer additional music-themed films during jazz Fest this year, including high school brass-band documentary The Whole Gritty City, Mardi Gras indian documentary We Won't Bow Down, Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans and The Who's Tommy. See the full Indywood schedule here.

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