February is officially “Black History Month” and in tribute to the contributions of African Americans to the rock and roll scene there will be a new exhibit, “Jammin’, Jazzin’ & Jivin’: Jazz on Film” that will feature a month long free film series inspired by the exhibit.
As for the exhibit, Jammin’, Jazzin’ & Jivin’ it is open now with the film series kick-off set for Wednesday, February 12, 2014. During the month, Sean Jones, Artistic Director of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, will join in a conversation about rock and roll’s roots in jazz with the Rock Hall’s Vice President of Education and Public Programs Lauren Onkey and John Kisch, founder and director of the Separate Cinema Archive and organizer of the Jammin’, Jazzin’ and Jivin’ exhibit.
The exhibit, Jammin’, Jazzin’ and Jivin’: Jazz on Film features 27 movie posters spanning nearly 70 years of jazz in the movies. These posters help illustrate the relationship between Jazz and its close cousins, Rhythm and blues and boogie-woogie that found audiences with the African American community before spreading around the world. The exhibit highlights many Rock Hall inductees that include Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Bessie Smith and Quincy Jones.
When talking pictures became popular, jazz music was a rich source of material for the film industry. Films made by major studios and independent film makers ran from full length features to one reel short films and where more often than not presented exclusively to black audiences. These films are in some cases rare glimpses of legendary singers and musicians such as Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday.
The film series events are free with a reservation (complete schedule follows below). Seating is limited. Ticket information is as follows:
Special offer to Rock Hall Members
Rock Hall Members can RSVP starting at 10:00 a.m. EST on Monday, February 3 through the Rock Hall website athttps://tickets.rockhall.com or at the Rock Hall Box Office.
General Public Reservations
Non-Rock Hall members can RSVP starting at 10 a.m. EST on Tuesday, February 4 through the Rock Hall website at https://tickets.rockhall.com or at the Rock Hall Box Office.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s FREE Jazz on Film series schedule includes:
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Cabin in the Sky
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Listen Up – The Lives of Quincy Jones
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
A Celebration of Short Film
Black and Tan (1929)
The Nat King Cole Musical Story (1955).
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational activities.
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays (and Saturdays through Labor Day), the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), children under 8 are free. A 6% Admission Tax that goes to support Cleveland Metropolitan Schools is added to each ticket at purchase. Museum Members are always free, for information or to join the membership program call 216. 515.8425. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK (7625) or visit www.rockhall.com. The Ohio Arts Council supports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Museum is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.