Reel Music 32: One Jazzy Night – SOUND OF REDEMPTION: THE FRANK MORGAN STORY and JIMMY SCOTT: IF YOU ONLY KNEW

Sound of Redemption The Frank Morgan Story

SOUND OF REDEMPTION: THE FRANK MORGAN STORY
DIRECTOR: N.C. HEIKIN
US, 2014

This soulful documentary illuminates the hell-and- back life of the late, great L.A. alto sax legend Frank Morgan. A prodigy who was acclaimed as the natural heir to his bebop mentor, Charlie Parker, Morgan derailed his career with heroin, which led him into a life of crime. After decades in prison, he made an astonishing comeback, leaving behind recordings of deep, melancholy beauty. Framed by a tribute concert held in San Quentin, where Morgan’s 19-year-old Asian-American protégé, Grace Kelly, performs a heart-stopping version of “Over the Rainbow,” N.C. Heikin’s film is filled with revealing interviews with the colleagues, lovers, family and wives who accompanied Morgan on his long and rocky journey to redemption. (84 mins.)

Screens in the Portland Art Museum’s Sunken Ballroom, 1219 SW Park Ave.

Sponsored by PDX Jazz and KMHD

 

SOUND OF REDEMPTION: THE FRANK MORGAN STORY screens Monday, October 20 at 7pm in the Portland Art Museum’s Sunken Ballroom.  The film is being presented as part of the 32nd Reel Music Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Many thanks to our festival sponsors: Music Millennium, Willamette Week, Walker, Day & Koch LLP, Oregon Music News, KINK.fm, MusicFestNW, All Classical Portland, PDX Jazz, KIND Healthy Snacks, XRAY.FM, KMHD, PDX Pipeline, Yelp!, Vortex Magazine and Portland Radio Project.

 

Jimmy Scott If You Only Knew

JIMMY SCOTT: IF YOU ONLY KNEW
DIRECTOR: MATTHEW BUZZELL
US, 2002

Jazz vocal legend Jimmy Scott’s (1925-2014) distinctive voice was able to effortlessly caress high notes in a range that no normal adult male singer should ever expect to reach. But Scott’s vocal range was the result of a hereditary condition that kept his body and voice from developing beyond boyhood. Scott was no mere freak of nature however; his masterful command of his vocal instrument, worldly-wise sense of phrasing a lyric, and breathtakingly dramatic sense of time left critics and fans alike grasping at superlatives for over six decades. This profoundly moving portrait of Scott looks at his personal and professional hardships and eventual triumphs through rare concert footage and interviews with Scott, family, friends, band mates, and scholars. (77 mins.)

Screens in the Portland Art Museum’s Sunken Ballroom, 1219 SW Park Ave.

Sponsored by KMHD and PDX Jazz

 

JIMMY SCOTT: IF YOU ONLY KNEW screens Monday, October 20 at  at 9pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of the 32nd Reel Music Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Many thanks to our festival sponsors: Music Millennium, Willamette Week, Walker, Day & Koch LLP, Oregon Music News, KINK.fm, MusicFestNW, All Classical Portland, PDX Jazz, KIND Healthy Snacks, XRAY.FM, KMHD, PDX Pipeline, Yelp!, Vortex Magazine and Portland Radio Project.

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