As Michael J. West noted here nearly a month ago, the Library of Congress’s Larry Appelbaum has been presenting jazz and jazz-related films on Wednesdays for free throughout the month of April in the sixty seat Mary Pickford Theater (3rd floor of the Library’s James Madison building). This is a quick reminder that tonight, Wednesday April 22, the Library will be showing the 2006 documentary “New Orlean Music in Exile,” with director Robert Mugge on hand to introduce the 113 minute film that includes blues, soul, brass band, jazz, and rock musicians.
Per the title, the movie examines the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Crescent City music scene with footage of Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Cyril Neville, Marcia Ball, the recently deceased Eddie Bo, Theresa Andersson, Kermit Ruffins, The Iguanas, ReBirth Brass Band, and others. Director Mugge, who attended college in Baltimore, has been making music documentaries since the 1970s. He has captured for the big screen such quintessential American performers as Sun Ra, Al Green, Sonny Rollins, RL Burnside, BB King and many more, including countless performers from the bayou state. With the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival starting Friday April 24, this seems like a good week for this flick.
Reservations may be made by phone for the movie or you can show up at the Pickford Theater and hope for empty seats. Call (202) 707-5677 for a reservation between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Reserved seats must be claimed at least 10 minutes before show time, after which standbys will be admitted to unclaimed seats. The Library of Congress James Madison Building is located at 101 Independence Ave SE, between 1st & 2nd Streets.