Jazz in Exile: A Film Showing and Discussion with Filmmaker Chuck France
Madison filmmaker Chuck France presents Jazz in Exile, his documentary on the exodus of African American jazz musicians to Europe. The film features jazz musicians Phil Woods, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Randy Weston, Richard Davis, and others with interviews and performance footage, and has not been screened in Madison for over two decades.
A short Q & A session will follow the film. France has also produced several pieces for Wisconsin Public Television’s Wisconsin Life series, including “Richard Davis”, “One for Richard” and “Ben Webster.” Jazz at the Library celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with a series of musical and literary performances in Dane County Libraries in April and May.
Jazz at the Library is funded through grants from Beyond the Page, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Madison Community Foundation, and Dane Arts, with additional support from the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium and Madison Public Library.