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JAN. 10-27

The Library of Congress’ Jazz on Film series will be held in the intimate Pickford Theater, a joint so small that it makes the most diminutive starlet look like a giant. So the jazz greats featured in these five films should look positively colossal. Louis Prima: The Wildest (pictured, at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10) follows the career of the bacchanalian entertainer and swinger best known for the classic “Jump, Jive & Wail,” from singing “I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song)” in Disney’s The Jungle Book to his wacky Vegas shows with wife Keely Smith. In Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Harold Arlen (at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13), the man who wrote “Stormy Weather” (performed in the film by both Duke Ellington and Lena Horne) and “One for My Baby” (crooned by Frank Sinatra) is profiled. Singers are saluted in Joe Williams: Portrait in Song and But Then, She’s Betty Carter (screened together at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20), and piano players get props in Jazz 625: Erroll Garner, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk (at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24), a collection culled from a 60s British TV show. And Sammy Davis Jr. wraps up the series, man, with A Man Called Adam (at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27), a 1966 melodrama in which Mr. “Yes I Can!” plays a Miles Davis-like trumpeter. At the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5677. (Christopher Porter)