Category Archives: MUSIC

STARS OF JAZZ

The UCLA Film & Television Archive presents two newly preserved episodes of the groundbreaking television show STARS OF JAZZ, hosted from 1956–1958 on ABC by Bobby Troup.

The Max Roach Quintet and vocalist Mary Ann McCall are featured in the opening segment, and Hermosa Beach’s Lighthouse All-Stars and vocalist Julie London guest in the closing episode.

This virtual event includes a post-screening conversation with James A. Harrod—author of the book Stars of Jazz: A Complete History of the Innovative Television Series, 1956-1958—and archivist Mark Quigley.

STARS OF JAZZ

UCLA Film & Television Archive

Thursday, February 11.

4 pm on the West Coast; 7 pm East Coast.

From top: Max Roach; Mary Ann McCall, Easy Living; James A. Harrod, Stars of Jazz, cover courtesy and © McFarland; Bobby Troup and Julie London; Howard Rumsey’s Lighthouse All-Stars Vol. 6.

ANDRA DAY AND LEE DANIELS IN CONVERSATION

My spirit told me to do this film, but I had no idea how right now is the time for it, and how tomorrow is the time for it, and how next year is going to be the time for it, and how, when my kids get older, it’s going to be the time for it.Lee Daniels

Join star Andra Day and director Daniels for an online discussion of their new film THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY—written by Suzan-Lori Parks, from the book by Johann Hari.

Your r.s.v.p. confirmation will include a screener link to the film in the “Additional Information” section. See link below to register.

THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY—ANDRA DAY and LEE DANIELS IN CONVERSATION

American Cinematheque

Wednesday, February 3.

6 pm on the West Coast; 9 pm East Coast.

Lee Daniels, The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021), from top: Andra Day; Trevante Rhodes and Day (2); Da’Vine Joy Randolph (left), Day, and Miss Lawrence; Day (2); Garrett Hedlund (center); Day. Photographs by Takashi Seida, courtesy and © the photographer and Hulu.

SAM POLLARD — TWO TRAINS RUNNIN’

Not much has changed. That’s what was so bad what we saw about January 6 at the Capitol. On one level, I’m horrified and disgusted, but on the other level, I’m thinking, Damn, our country is still the same. You look at the run-up to the election and listen to the speeches about if you elect Democrats they will come destroy the suburbs and your community. This is insanity. Have we not learned any lessons in America?Sam Pollard

On the occasion of the release of Pollard’s new film MLK/FBI, Film at Lincoln Center is presenting a retrospective of the filmmaker’s work—including TWO TRAINS RUNNIN’, where Freedom Summer meets the search for bluesmen Son House and Skip James.

The film is narrated by Common and features performances by—among others—Gary Clark Jr., Buddy Guy, Valerie June, Lucinda Williams, and the North Mississippi Allstars.

See link below for streaming information.

TWO TRAINS RUNNIN’

Directed by Sam Pollard.

Film at Lincoln Center

Now streaming.

Sam Pollard, Two Trains Runnin’ (2016), from top: Skip James (left) and Son House; scene from film; Two Trains Runnin’ poster; scene from film; Gary Clark, Jr.; scene from film. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker and Avalon Films.

MAKI NAMEKAWA PERFORMS GLASS

Phil has written sonatas for other instruments before, but this would be his first for the piano. I imagined how much he would pour into it given that the piano is the instrument he has spent a lifetime playing (at home and on countless tours). However, Phil is not an artist to let the potential of a “first” be tethered to what is known. His exuberance came from writing something that would far surpass what he could play, or be able to entirely hear on the instrument itself beyond imagining it as the composer. There would need to be someone who could bring the music to life and bridge the musical space between themselves, the audience and the composer.

Phil composed his Piano Sonota for Maki Namekawa and Maki collaborated on its shape and dimensionality by adding her tremendous capacity and insight as a pianist. — Kristy Edmunds

In spring of 2019, Philip Glass sent Namekawa the score for the sonata, and the following summer the two longtime collaborators premiered the work at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr. The piece made its American debut in November of that year at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City.

This weekend, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA)—in association with Ars Electronica in Linz—will stream a prerecorded performance by Namekawa of the piece. Also on the program: Mozart Camargo Guarnieri’s Sonatina No. 3 in G-clef (1937), Alban Berg’s Piano Sonata, Op. 1 (1907-1908), and György Ligeti’s Musica Ricercata.

See link below for details.

PIANO SONATA BY PHILIP GLASS—PERFORMED BY MAKI NAMEKAWA

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance

Sunday, January 10.

3 pm on the West Coast; 6 pm East Coast.

From top: Philip Glass and Maki Namekawa at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, 2019; Namekawa, photograph by Tom Mesic; Namekawa, photograph by Verena Lafferentz; Namekawa and Glass, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, 2019. Images courtesy and © the photographers, the musicians, and UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance.

LAZARUS STREAM

LAZARUS was one of the last things dad created before he died. I know he was incredibly excited about it: working with new people in a new medium. His favorite place to be. As tired as he was, he was clearly loving it! The original London production will be streaming in January. — Duncan Jones

David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s LAZARUS—directed by Ivo van Hove—will stream this month for three days only, marking Bowie’s birthday and the fifth anniversary of his death. See link below to find your location, date, and time.

LAZARUS

Music and lyrics by David Bowie, book by Enda Walsh.

Based on the novel The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis.

DICE

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 8, 9, and 10.

David Bowie and Enda Walsh, Lazarus (2015), from top: Michael C. Hall; Lazarus poster; Hall and Sophia Anne Caruso; Hall. Images courtesy and © Robert Fox Ltd. and Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment.