The Mingus Composition “Jelly Roll” will be featured in the upcoming documentary “Jazz Nights: A Confidential Journey”!
JAZZ NIGHTS: A CONFIDENTIAL JOURNEY is a documentary that chronicles a fleeting and almost completely unknown moment in time involving a group of L.A.’s top jazz musicians who congregated in alternating configurations every Sunday night for two years to explore not only jazz music, but friendship, community, and creative risk-taking. Once a week, these expert musicians formed a circle, a coterie of non-verbal, intuitive communication. There were no pre-determined set lists, no rehearsals. Attendance was through word-of-mouth only. No advertising. In many ways, these musical nights poignantly echoed the Prohibition Era speakeasies of the 1920s as well as the ’50s underground jazz clubs of Harlem and Greenwich Village in both mood and in the incredible exploratory and clandestine nature of the whole experience. In addition to the music and setting, these cutting-edge musicians explore, via in-depth interviews, their lives, influences, backstories, upbringings, inspirations, and cultural affiliations. The result is an evocative tapestry of live music, thoughts and memories, and a snapshot of a moment in time amidst an ever-evolving American landscape.
The Mingus Big Band performing at St. Peter’s Church in NYC for the annual All Nite Soul Festival
Sunday, October 11th, 2015