Jason Moran "In My Mind" Documentary Premieres April 19

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Wednesday April 07, 2010

(From The New York Public Library)

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts to give a free premiere screening of the documentary In My Mind, with an introduction by jazz pianist Jason Moran on April 19 at 5:30 p.m.

As part of The Jazz Loft Project exhibit, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University presents a screening of the documentary In My Mind on Monday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bruno Walter Auditorium at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The film will be introduced by Jason Moran, jazz pianist and subject of the film, and followed by a Q&A session with filmmakers Gary Hawkins and Emily LaDue. Admission is free. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza.

In My Mind is a high-energy performance-based documentary telling the story of rising jazz pianist Jason Moran’s 50th anniversary tribute to Thelonious Monk’s legendary 1959 Town Hall concert. Featuring Moran and his Big Bandwagon, collaborating visual artists Glenn Ligon and David Dempewolf, Monk’s original French horn player Robert ‘Brother Ah’ Northern, and photographer and audiophile Eugene Smith’s recently discovered images and recordings of Monk’s rehearsals from the ‘Jazz Loft’ in NYC, In My Mind reveals the layered personalities of the music and the artists in two of the finest jazz shows, half a century apart.

The February 2009 performance of In My Mind was documented by the Center for Documentary Studies instructors Gary Hawkins and Emily LaDue, with students from their Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking course. The film carries on Moran’s intentions of documenting an eclectic jazz story spanning 50 years, through a combination of concert footage, behind-the-scenes action, interviews, improvisation, and historical content while still upholding the integrity of Thelonious Monk’s original music. In My Mind, through the combination Moran’s stellar performance and interviews with Moran and members of The Big Bandwagon, provides valuable insight into the process of artistic and musical collaboration for jazz aficionados and documentary-lovers alike. The film has been selected to premiere at the 13th Annual Full Frame Documentary Festival in April.

In My Mind was commissioned by Duke Performances/Duke University, Jazz at Symphony Center/Chicago, SFJAZZ, and the Washington Performing Arts Society.

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