From October 31st through November 5th, the University of Pittsburgh‘s annual Jazz Seminar and Concert will feature free lunchtime concerts, on-campus seminars, and an outreach event in the Hill District, all of which culminates with a concert at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Also included is a screening of ‘Round Midnight, a cinematic tribute to the power of jazz and the talent of legendary musician Dexter Gordon.
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier, and based on French author Francis Paudras’s memoir/biography Dance of the Infidels, the 1986 American-French music drama stars Gordon as jazzman Dale Turner, a famous tenor saxophone player in 1950s Paris. He’s befriended by Francis (François Cluzet), a struggling film poster designer who idolizes Turner and tries desperately to help him overcome alcohol abuse. As he succeeds, the budding friendship they develop changes their lives forever. The award-winning film features musician Herbie Hancock and a cameo by director Martin Scorsese.
‘Round Midnight will screen on November 2nd at 6 p.m. in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium. An introduction by Gordon’s widow, Maxine Gordon, will also take place. The event is free and open to the public.