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Filmmaker Palfi Shoots Self

Jazz filmmaker Stevenson J. Palfi died at his home in New Orleans on Dec. 14 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 53. Family members told the Times-Picayune that Palfi had been severely depressed since Hurricane Katrina damaged most of his property and possessions last August.

Palfi’s most remembered work was his documentary detailing the lives of three New Orleans jazzmen, titled Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together. The 1982 film features three generations of pianists, from Isidore “Tuts” Washington to Henry Roeland, known as Professor Longhair, to Alan Toussaint.

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