Rare Jazz Films Get Screening in Brooklyn

Classic Arts News   Rare Jazz Films Get Screening in Brooklyn
Rarely seen short films of Louis Armstrong, Hank Williams, and other jazz, country, gospel, and tap dance artists in performance will be screened in Brooklyn next month.

Among the artists represented at the screening, which benefits the nonprofit magazine Stay Free!, are Fats Waller, Dorothy Dandridge, Doc Watson, the Nicholas Brothers, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

The films come from the collection of Russell Scholl, a New York-based musician and archivist. They include excerpts from feature films, television appearance, and "soundies"‹shorts made during World War II, when the shellac needed to make records was in short supply.

The lineup also includes footage of Reinhardt and the Hot Club Quintet of France, part of a British film made in the late 1930s, and of Charlie Parker and his group, miming to a recording for a never-completed film by Life photographer Gjon Mili.

The January 25 screening is at Southpaw, a bar in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. See http://www.stayfreemagazine.org/jumpin-jive.pdf for more information.

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