SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 7:30 P.M.
JASON MORAN’S FATS WALLER DANCE PARTY | BUTLER, BERNSTEIN & THE HOT 9
The astonishingly inventive pianist and composer Jason Moran unleashes his fun side in this “joyous and foolish and graceful” (The New York Times) event, a spectacle complete with dancers and costumes that takes the stride innovator Fats Waller
as a jumping off point to dig into grooves that flirt with everything from Motown to house to hip-hop. For all Moran’s skill and showmanship, Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9a dazzling collision between the great New Orleans pianist, singer, and recent Brooklyn transplant Henry Butler, “a visionistical down- home cat and a hellified piano plunker to boot” (Dr. John), and the retro-futurist trumpeter Steven Bernsteinwill be a tough act to follow.FRIDAY, JULY 17, 7:30 P.M.
THE SON OF THE SHEIK WITH LIVE SCORE BY ALLOY ORCHESTRA | GHOST TRAIN ORCHESTRA
Alloy Orchestra’s latest score enlivens Rudolf Valentino’s final outing, The Son of the Sheik (1926), a vivid tale of passion, betrayal, and redemption that leaves no doubt that Valentino (who died suddenly on the eve of its release) is the silver screen’s greatest lover, and that Alloy is still “the best in the world at accompanying silent films” (Roger Ebert). Ghost Train Orchestra dig deep into Harlem and Chicago jazz of the 1920s.