Free Film Retrospective: “The Best Jazz in the Movies”

The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) Tribeca Performing Arts Center (BMCC TPAC), the longest-operating performance venue in lower Manhattan, proudly presents The Best Jazz in the Moviesa free event in the 2017-2018 Scenes Through the Cinema Lens series. The event will be held Tuesday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. at BMCC’s main campus, 199 Chambers Street in lower Manhattan.

Nat King Cole

This unique film retrospective will feature jazz legends such as Benny Goodman, performing with his quartet and big band in Hollywood Hotel (1937); Nat King Cole (shown right) performing in The Blue Gardenia (1953) and Duke Ellington performing in Murder at the Vanities (1934).

The retrospective will be hosted by Krin Gabbard, Professor of Comparative Literature and English at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and author of Hotter Than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture.

The Best Jazz in the Movies will be followed by a Q&A, moderated by Professor Gabbard.

No reservations necessary for this free event. For more information, visit the BMCC TPAC website.

BMCC Tribeca PAC is downtown Manhattan’s premier presenter of the arts, reaching audiences from the college community, downtown residential and business communities, local schools, families and audiences of all ages. BMCC Tribeca PAC strives to present a broad global perspective through the presentation of high-quality artistic work in music, theatre, dance, film and visual arts. BMCC Tribeca PAC is located on the Borough of Manhattan Community College campus, 199 Chambers Street (between Greenwich Avenue and West Street) and is convenient to the 2/3, A/C/E and R/W subway lines and the New Jersey Path Train. For more information please visit the BMCC TPAC website.