The Center for Jazz Studies is hosting a celebration of the jazz legacy of Kansas City, one of the vital centers for the creation of this art form, with a mini-film series called "Kansas City Jazz on Film." The events will take place in 614 Schermerhorn Hall at 8 p.m.
The series begins on Tuesday, Sept. 20, with the classic feature film " Kansas City," by Robert Altman. The jazz film scholar Krin Gabbard, chair of the department of comparative studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and author of numerous books including Jammin' at the Margins: Jazz and the American Cinema, will introduce the film and host a question and answer session.
On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the celebrated film producer and historian Pearl Bowser will show and discuss a series of rare short films about the jazz scene in Kansas City. This is one of the first public presentations of these clips from full-length films, "soundies," and shorts, recently acquired by the American Jazz Museum. For her presentation, Bowser, who since 2000 has consulted on the John Baker Jazz on Film Collection at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, will draw upon the Baker Collection.
These films have been planned to complement concerts and other events scheduled for later in the week at Jazz at Lincoln Center. This effort is supported by the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, directed by Juanita Moore. For more information about Jazz at Lincoln Center's schedule of events, visit www.jalc.org or call 212-258-9829.
The roots of Kansas City jazz are strong and varied. Born in the 1920s, jazz continues to thrive today in clubs and events held throughout the city -- including its local colleges and universities. Blues singers of the 1920s and ragtime music greatly influenced the early scene, in settings such as dance halls, cabarets and speakeasies which fostered the development of this cluster of new musical styles. Kansas City has been a city whose name has been synonymous with hard-swinging, blues-oriented music with a big-as-outdoors, experimental sound. It is Kansas City's legacy of great music-making that Columbia and Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrate with these synchronized presentations.