In My Mind


Film Screening with Jason Moran

September 15, 8-10 PM

Killian Hall, MIT Building 14-111

In My Mind is a high-energy performance-based documentary telling the story of rising jazz pianist Jason Moran’s 50th anniversary tribute to Thelonious Monk‘s legendary 1959 Town Hall concert. Featuring Moran and his Big Bandwagon, collaborating visual artists Glenn Ligon and David Dempewolf, Monk’s original French horn player Robert ‘Brother Ah’ Northern, and photographer and audiophile Eugene Smith’s recently discovered images and recordings of Monk’s rehearsals from the ‘Jazz Loft’ in NYC, In My Mind reveals the layered personalities of the music and the artists in two of the finest jazz shows, half a century apart.

The February 2009 performance of In My Mind was documented by the Center for Documentary Studies instructors Gary Hawkins and Emily LaDue, with students from their Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking course. The film carries on Moran’s intentions of documenting an eclectic jazz story spanning 50 years, through a combination of concert footage, behind-the-scenes action, interviews, improvisation, and historical content while still upholding the integrity of Thelonious Monk’s original music. In My Mind, through the combination Moran’s stellar performance and interviews with Moran and members of The Big Bandwagon, provides valuable insight into the process of artistic and musical collaboration for jazz aficionados and documentary-lovers alike.

This screening was made possible by the Arts at MIT Visiting Artist Program and Emily LaDue at the Center for Documentary Studies.