Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon (2008)

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Sponsored by Bob & Christine Williams / Films for Good

Join filmmakers Penny Peyser and Doug McIntrye for a screening of this great jazz biography. You may remember Jack Sheldon as Merv Griffin’s comedic trumpet-wielding sidekick, or the indelible voice on School House Rock, but musicians remember him as a jazz giant. Unlike his close friend and collaborator, Chet Baker, Sheldon survived the demons of drugs, alcohol and unspeakable personal tragedy. His signature sound continues to paint the landscape of American music. As friend Bill Crystal puts it, Sheldon is the “last cat standing” from the bebop generation. Featuring historic footage with Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton and other legends, and never before seen performances with the Jack Sheldon Orchestra, this in-depth documentary exposes the artist who’s just “trying to get good” on the trumpet, and at life as well. Documentary. 90 min. USA

Friday 7:00pm Downtown Cinemas