For two nights, the cozy jazz room will present six films in celebration of jazz, its musicians and its history. It kicks off Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. with “Black Science: Steve Coleman & The World of M-Base,” a 21-minute documentary on the early musical ideas of Steve Coleman and M-Base, shot between 1993 and 1995, directed and produced by Natalie Bullock Brown.
At 6:30 p.m., the documentarian Shirley Clarke captures Ornette Coleman’s evolution over three decades in “Ornette: Made in America.” The film explores the rhythms, images and myths of America seen through the eyes of Coleman. Running time is 77 minutes.
Louis Armstrong was a trumpeter, bandleader, singer, soloist, film star and comedian. Considered one of the most influential artists in jazz history, he is known for songs like “Star Dust,” “La Via En Rose” and “What a Wonderful World.”
Louis Armstrong, nicknamed “Satchmo,” “Pops” and, later, “Ambassador Satch,” was born on August 4, 1901, in New Orleans, Louisiana. An all-star virtuoso, he came to prominence in the 1920s, influencing countless musicians with both his daring trumpet style and unique vocals. Armstrong’s charismatic stage presence impressed not only the jazz world but all of popular music. He recorded several songs throughout his career, including he is known for songs like “Star Dust,” “La Via En Rose” and “What a Wonderful World.” Armstrong died at his home in Queens, New York, on July 6, 1971. (Biography.com)