Jazz on Film Screening: Sixties Jazz Films by Dick Fontaine
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
These three short films made by legendary documentarian Dick Fontaine in the 1960s capture the music, thoughts and personalities of some of the most musically adventurous jazz artists of the era.
David, Moffett and Ornette (1966) documents free jazz innovator Ornette Coleman with his mid-1960s trio as they score a film in Paris. Sound?? (1967) intercuts footage of two very different musical luminaries–experimental composer John Cage and jazz multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The intimate portrait Who Is Sonny Rollins? (1968) — made during Rollins' reclusive period — finds the jazz colossus playing with students in Harlem, in the countryside and on the Williamsburg Bridge.