• A Man Called Adam

    1966. USA. Leo Penn. 99 min.

Introduced by Dan Morgenstern, Director, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University

Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 8:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • A Man Called Adam

    1966. USA. Directed by Leo Penn. Screenplay by Lester Pine, Tina Pine. Music by Benny Carter. With Sammy Davis, Jr., Ossie Davis, Cicely Tyson, Louis Armstrong. Leo Penn, a blacklisted director (and actor Sean's father) who worked on many classic television programs of the 1960s and 1970s, created this portrait of an African American jazz trumpeter (Sammy Davis, Jr., dubbed on trumpet by Nat "Cannonball" Adderley) who is nearly done in by alcoholism and racism, but saved by the love of a civil rights activist. The film includes performances by Louis Armstrong, Mel Tormé, and the great alto saxophonist-arranger Benny Carter, who also composed the film's score. Courtesy of the Louis Armstrong House Museum; Jack Bradley Collection. 99 min.

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