Too Late Blues, January 12
A great Duke Ellington score, Louis Armstrong in fine form, and, oh yes, Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier in Paris. Dig it.
This jazz curio recasts Othello in a '60s London loft, where Mingus and Brubeck are just two of the players.
Kirk Douglas, Hoagy Carmichael, moanin' low in a Hollywood rendering of Bix Beiderbecke's life. Trumpet solos ghosted by Harry James, Jimmy Zito. Also featuring Lauren Bacall, Doris Day.
Junkies waiting for a fix, rapping, jiving, blowing cool jazz in Shirley Clarke's great American independent film from 1961.
A newly revived gem from the '60s based on the life of Charlie Parker, with radical black comedian Dick Gregory in the solo spot. Music by Mal Waldron and others.
The great drummer dubbed his own riffs in this biopic starring 19-year-old Sal Mineo, who never misses a beat.
“Frank Sinatra's performance is pure gold” (Pauline Kael) in this breakthrough Hollywood film on dope addiction that jazz can't cure.
An engaging vehicle for alto saxophonist and R&B singer Louis Jordan, set at an all-black college. “With the hot swing here, one can savor the students' temptations toward boogie-woogie.”-Scott Simmon
John Cassavetes's too-lately appreciated drama starring Bobby Darrin, “capturing the argot-swift, hardboiled and sometimes poetic-of music-making hipsters without a cause.”-Albert Johnson. Music performed offscreen by Shelly Manne and others.