Presented by jazz historian and film collector Mark Cantor

From his vast archives, Mark Cantor showcases a treasure trove of jazz performances in films that were made in the 1940s for use on coin-operated viewing machines. Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and many others are featured in footage that simply can't be seen elsewhere. At this screening, Cantor discusses the music, the films, and the phenomenon of these popular audiovisual jukeboxes of the Swing era.

About the Presenter
Mark Cantor grew up listening to the great jazz, blues, and pop sounds of Los Angeles. He began collecting jazz records as a teenager and soon discovered jazz on film. He has researched jazz films since the late 1960s, and he was a teacher from 1971 to 2011. His Celluloid Improvisations Music Film Archive contains more than 4,000 performances.


Running Time
90 minutes