This weekend at the Art Theatre of Long Beach, the event Jazz: Reel to Reel/Live and on Film will feature music and movies of all things jazz.
"It's a celebration-- live and on film -- of America's music, featuring some of the greatest heroes of the art form," said KKIZ 88.1 FM DeeJay Helen Borgers.
The program starts at 4 p.m. Saturday with A Great Day in Harlem (1994), followed by Robert Altman's Jazz '34: Remembrances of Kansas City Swing.
The evening concludes with I Want to Live, (1958) starring Susan Hayward, accompanied by a jazz soundtrack by Johnny Mandel. Sunday's program opens at 3 p.m. with Listen: Gerry Mulligan, tracing Mulligan's life story an musical innovation through home movies, concert footage and interviews.
Following that movie, Borgers and Ken Poston, founder and director of the Los Angeles Jazz Institute will speak about jazz in film.
During a dinner break, guests can listen to live jazz in nearby restaurants on Fourth Street. Following Dinner, the Cal State University Long Beach Concert Jazz Orchestra will perform live, featuring the music of Johnny Mandel, who will also be present as a special guest.
He and Jack Sheldon will be given lifetime achievement "Jazz Beret" awards.
"Johnny Mandel and Jack Sheldon have each contributed over 50 years of their lives to composing and performing jazz on stage, in recordings and film, and each has left an indelible mark on the history of the music," Borgers said. Programming for the night concludes with "The Sandpipers" which won an Academy Award for best original song in 1965, "The Shadow of Your Smile." The song was composed by Johnny Mandel and Jack Sheldon played trumpet on the piece.
Tickets for the event cost $18 for general admission each day; the VIP package is available for $35 and includes events for both days, valet parking and a drink ticket.
Proceeds will help installation of digital projection equipment for the theater.