05/23/13

‘Round Midnight’ to Be Screened in NYC via Blue Note Jazz Fest

Acclaimed 1986 film stars the late Dexter Gordon

The Blue Note Jazz Festival will present a screening of the late saxophonist Dexter Gordon’s Oscar-nominated performance in Round Midnight at IFC Center in New York City June 24th at 7:00 p.m. The screening marks the anniversary year of what would be Gordon’s 90th birthday.

The 1986 French-American musical drama by Bertrand Tavernier stars Gordon as a resident tenor saxophone player at the Parisian jazz club, “The Blue Note,” in the 1950s. Gordon, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for the film, also won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance for the film's soundtrack, The Other Side of Round Midnight.

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Eric Wattree

Following the screening, the Blue Note Jazz Festival will host an in-depth panel discussion, moderated by American music/jazz historian, journalist and producer Ashley Kahn. The panel will also include Dexter Gordon’s wife, Maxine Gordon, former President/CEO of Blue Note Records, Bruce Lundvall, saxophonist Jimmy Heath and record producer, writer and founder of Mosaic Records Michael Cuscuna.

The IFC Center New York is located at 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit Blue Note Jazz Festival or IFC Center.

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