Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story

Jazz on Film

Born in Louisiana and raised in Houston, saxophonist Illinois Jacquet first came to prominence when his solo on Lionel Hampton’s 1942 recording of “Flying Home” innovated the sound of jazz tenor and ushered in rhythm and blues. Filmed in stylish black-and-white between 1988 and 1990, Texas Tenor is an affectionate cinematic portrait of the legendary musician that blends performances, behind-the-scenes footage, archival material, and interviews with Jacquet, Arnett Cobb, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Sonny Rollins, Buddy Tate, and others. Most importantly, the charismatic showman is seen performing with astonishing feeling and musical inventiveness. Join us for this celebration of a hometown jazz hero.

Access to Films in Brown Auditorium Theater
While the entry from Main Street into the Law Building is under construction, park in the Beck Building garage (1144 Binz Street) and take the Wilson Tunnel to the theater. Construction does not affect access to Lynn Wyatt Theater in the Kinder Building. Campus Map

The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L'Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

Generous support has been provided by Gerry Aitken, Richard Levy and Dinah Chetrit, and Anne Tucker and Robert Morris.

Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story

Directed by Arthur Elgort
(USA, 1992, 81 minutes, in English)
Brown Auditorium Theater, Digital


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