Director: Don McGlynn
Art Pepper, one of jazz's greatest alto saxophonists, is a survivor, he has survived heroin, prison and self-loathing. We hear stories, often amusing, sometimes tragic, which were the emotional reference points of his creative life.
Integrated with the stories are live performances of three of his compositions "Red Car","Patricia", and "Miss Who" which capture Pepper at the height of his musical powers.
"I dropped into the Ten O'Clock Scholar, a Beat coffeehouse. I was looking for players with kindred spirits. John Koerner was tall and thin with a look of perpetual amusement on his face. We hit it o… More »
Don McGlynn's (Dexter Gordon: More Than You Know, MIFF 1997) brutally honest, obsessively researched and thoroughly moving account of Jazz giant, Charles Mingus. Audiences will leave McGlynn's bio-pi… More »
"The movie is a beautiful thing. No documentary about any musician will make you so glad to be alive."—San Francisco Examiner ... Don McGlynn is a MIFF regular who just about qualifies for his … More »
Best known for his collaborations with Charles Mingus, Roland Kirk and Dexter Gordon, Horace Parian's life story is extraordinary. Don McGlynns intimate portrait of the pianist is comprised of a comb… More »
'Teddy Edwards is a pioneer of the modern tenor sax. His peers and friends acknowledge that he never had the kind of extraordinary career that his talent should have commanded. With this taste of a s… More »