Jazz on Film Screening: A Man Called Adam

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Directed by Leo Penn (Sean Penn's father), this independent film stars Sammy Davis Jr. as a troubled jazz musician (ghosted on trumpet by Nat Adderley) and Cicely Tyson in one of her first screen roles as a young civil rights activist. The film features a musical score composed and arranged by Benny Carter, and appearances by jazz greats Louis Armstrong and Mel Tormé.

Notable for its prominence of African-Americans both in front of and behind the camera and its bold attempts at addressing issues of race and identity, A Man Called Adam is very rarely screened and unavailable elsewhere.



Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005


$9 general admission; $7 MFAH members and seniors; $5 Film Buff members.
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