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Solal, who was born in Algeria in 1927 and settled in Paris in 1950, got his start performing with Django Reinhardt and the American expatriates Sidney Bechet and Don Byas in the 1950s. Soon after, he began composing film scores for such master directors as Jean-Pierre Melville, Marcel Carné, Jean Cocteau, Orson Welles, and Godard. As Nate Chinen of The New York Times put it, "Martial Solal has few peers among jazz pianists. Strictly speaking, probably none. He's a probing modernist with a mercurial touch...and a virtuoso technician often cited as the heir to Art Tatum." Solal is also represented in the Jazz Score film retrospective with two of his finest scores: for Breathless and for Jean Becker's Échappement libre (1964). Download the Jazz Score brochure in PDF format

In conjunction with the exhibition Jazz Score

In the Film exhibition Jazz Score

Tickets ($15; members, students, and seniors $12) can be purchased online, or at the lobby information desk, the Film desk, or the Cullman Building lobby.