06/11/12

Frank Morgan Documentary Seeks Funding

Kickstarter campaign nearly reaches goal

Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Project, a documentary film on the late alto saxophonist whose tale included bouts with addiction and years of incarceration, is seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign that wraps up later this week. The filmmakers are now less than $3,000 in pledges short of the $60,000 they need to reach in order for the funds to be released.

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According to the Kickstarter page, “The money we raise on Kickstarter will be used to finish the film. While we have been able to keep our costs down so far, there is no way around the costs for color correction, sound mixing, and in particular, licensing fees, all of which are essential to finishing the film. So, your generous gifts will go toward these absolutely necessary last steps.”

The film is executive produced by novelist Michael Connelly, who was a friend of Morgan’s. N.C. Heikin is the director, and James Egan the producer.

Notable figures who appear in the film include:

--Ron Carter - Renowned master bass player who played on two of Frank's comeback albums. He played with Miles Davs and is the most recorded bassist in jazz history .
--Gary Giddins – Jazz critic. The foremost jazz expert in the US.
--Laurie Pepper – Widow of musician Art Pepper, who was in San Quentin with Frank Morgan.
--Ed Reed - Was in San Quentin with Frank.
--George Cables – Piano player. Played with Frank, wrote the tune “Lullaby,” Frank's signature song.
--Grace Kelly – The 19-year-old girl who is heir to the jazz throne. Former protégé of Frank, spoke with him every day.
--Clora Bryant – Jazz trumpet player, 85. Played at Club Alabam, looked after Little Frankie.
--Gerald Wilson – Famed big band leader. Frank was in his band on a TV show called “Joe Adams Presents” on Channel 11 Los Angeles.
--Kirk Silsbee -- Los Angeles arts critic.
--Delfeayo Marsalis -- The youngest of the famed Marsalis brothers, played with Frank.
--Rosalinda Kolb -- Artist and Frank's ex-wife.
--Michael Connelly – Bestselling author of 25 crime novels, a jazz fan, and a friend of Frank’s. Executive Producer of this documentary.

The filmmakers hope to finish the project in 2013.

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