Friday, March 27, 2009

All that jazz

NEW HAVEN - A documentary about New Haven’s jazz heritage will be screened at 5:30 p.m. April 28 the New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm St.

"Unsung Heroes: The Music of Jazz in New Haven" focuses on the decades after WWII, when Connecticut musicians such as Willie Ruff, Horace Silver, John "Count" Steadwell, Eddie and Bobby Buster, Ed Cercone, Dickie Meyers, and many others played in big bands and small ensembles at New Haven clubs like Lillian's Paradise, The Playback, the Musician's Club, the Democratic Club, the Golden Gate and the legendary Monterey, organizers said.
New Haven was an important stop on the performance circuit, offering local musicians the chance to play with Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Illinois Jacquet and others. Unsung Heroes spotlights the great local legends whose musical legacy lives on throughout the city today.
Quinnipiac University Professor Rebecca Abbott, shown, an independent film producer, director and editor, collaborated with W. Frank Mitchell to create Unsung Heroes, which premiered on Connecticut Public Television in 2001.
Abbott and Mitchell will be on hand for discussion following the screening.
This all-ages program is presented in cooperation with the Public Humanities Initiative of Yale’s American Studies Program. There is no charge, and free parking is available. Register by clicking here or call 946-7431.

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