Jazz and Film

By | September 10, 2012

Listen to This EpisodePaul Newman and Sidney Poitier in the 1961 movie Paris BluesIn this hour, we’ll take a look at the century-long relationship between jazz and film. We’ll talk with historian Krin Gabbard about how the movies have shaped our understanding of jazz, and how jazz’s association with the seedier side of life helped define the genre of film noir. And we’ll take a look at how jazz helped inspire the birth of the music video way back in the 1940s, and chat with best-selling author Michael Connelly about why he’s now making a movie about jazz saxophonist and comeback kid Frank Morgan. (59:00)

Photo: Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier star as two jazz ex-pats in the 1961 movie Paris Blues.

 

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