Sponsored by PNC Arts Alive 2018 Jazz Cultural Voices. The Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival is proud to support this program as a Community Partner.
General Admission: $20
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Last season, GPJFF brought you BODY AND SOUL: AN AMERICAN BRIDGE, a passionate music doc that explored the confluence of musical ingenuity and collaboration between the great Black and Jewish musicians of yesteryear.
This season, GPJFF continues to celebrate the incredible power of music to bring people together with two outstanding new documentaries: SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME and SATAN & ADAM.
Screening at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Nov. 7 at 2 PM, Sam Pollard’s rousing biographical doc traces the life and legacy of the groundbreaking, provocative, and extraordinarily gifted Sammy Davis, Jr. One week later at the Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, GPJFF presents SATAN & ADAM, the unlikely story of an Ivy League-educated harmonica player who teams up with a Harlem Blues musician on the streets of NYC in the 1980s.
In addition to these Fall Fest programs, GPJFF has partnered with the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts on a special evening of music exploring the influence of four iconic African American jazz legends on four major Jewish American jazz masters: Stan Getz and Lester Young; Steve Lacy and Thelonious Monk; Lee Konitz and Charles Parker; and Bobby Zankel and Ornette Coleman. These artistic relationships embody the best spirit of jazz and America.
Headlining the event is Bobby Zankel. Zankel’s alto saxophone playing has been called “a unique amalgam of the rhythm and intricacy of bebop, with the soul and drive of hard bop, and the spirituality, creativity, and intensity of the avant-garde.” Zankel’s compositions are characterized by a stunning blend of rhythmic layers, a highly personal complex chromatic harmonic language, and a hauntingly beautiful melodic lyricism. His albums have received outstanding reviews and five of seven have been named “album of the year.” Zankel was awarded a prestigious Pew Fellowship in 1995.
After the concert, Bobby Zankel and his Warriors will participate in an audience Q&A. Tickets are $20.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 215.893.9912 or click HERE.