Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center is a Buffalo treasure, a downtown arts center with a stunning history run by some of the smartest people I know. One of these folks is executive director Ed Cardoni, and Ed has curated a truly exciting series of classic films kicking off this week.
Last spring, Hallwalls unveiled “Jazz Noir: 1950–1966, a series of “eight classic films of the ’50s & ’60s with classic jazz scores composed by and featuring jazz musicians—real and fictional—on screen, off screen, and (in most cases) both.” (Description courtesy of Hallwalls.)
The cool-cool-cool series is back this fall with “Jazz Noir 2: 1955–1966,” featuring seven more classics. It all starts this Wednesday, September 18, with Otto Preminger’s “The Man with the Golden Arm” (1955) at 7:30 p.m.
I’m ashamed to say I’ve never seen seen “The Man,” which stars Frank Sinatra as a heroin-addicted jazz drummer. Hallwalls breaks down the “musical team,” and it’s stellar: composer and conductor Elmer Bernstein, orchestrator Fred Steiner, Shorty Rogers (trumpet and jazz arrangements), Shelly Manne (drums), Larry Bunker (drums), Jimmy Giuffre (clarinet; tenor & bari saxophones), Pete Jolly (piano), Curtis Counce (bass), Ralph Peña (bass), and Pete Candoli (trumpeter, as “Jazz Musician”).
Admission price per film is $8 general; $6 students/seniors; $5 Hallwalls members. Plus, a special deal: “if you become a Hallwalls member at this first screening, you will get into this first screening for FREE, then—once you’re hooked—get the Members’ discount at all remaining screenings, as well as all Hallwalls events throughout the year.”
Great deal, great films, great organization. I’ll have more on this series throughout the fall.