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Jazz on Film


June 7–23, 2019

“Jazz on Film” returns with three weekends celebrating jazz and its intersections with cinema. Organized by guest curator Peter Lucas, this year’s program salutes 1959—a pivotal year in jazz and film—with 60th-anniversary presentations of the Duke Ellington–scored Anatomy of a Murder, the Sun Ra–scored independent rarity The Cry of Jazz, and concert documentary favorite Jazz on a Summer’s Day. All on 35mm film prints! Another highlight: the Houston premiere of new documentary A Tuba to Cuba, following the famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans on an inspiring trip across the island.

• “MFAH Puts ‘Jazz on Film’ and In Your Ear” —Houston Press

About the Guest Curator
“Jazz on Film” founder and curator Peter Lucas has organized exhibitions, film series, and public programs in association with the MFAH, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Menil Collection, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle International Film Festival, and Museum of Pop Culture (formerly Experience Music Project). He is also a writer and multidisciplinary artist.

Generous support has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Finger.