Scat-a-Tat-Tat on the Silver Screen

Anyone who’s been driving home late on a weeknight, scanning the radio dial for something that matches one’s mood, has found comfort in WDNA-FM (88.9). The forward-thinking jazz station, with a rightful emphasis on Latin jazz, often feels like the soul of the city — intelligent, vivacious, playful — obscured beneath a brash and cacophonous surface.

And if you like the playlist, you’ll love the Miami Jazz Film Festival, an event they’ve been quietly excelling at for 13 years. Over the course of four days, WDNA will screen nine jazz-centric documentary films, beginning this Thursday with 2009’s The Jazz Baronness at 7 p.m. Written and directed by Hannah Rothschild, the film sheds light on one of the great patrons of the bop and post-bop movement: Pannonica de Koenigswarter, AKA “Nica,” who abetted the careers of Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, and Quincy Jones. All screenings will take place at the Tower Theater in Little Havana and are free for WDNA members or six dollars for the soon-to-be members out there.
Oct. 1-4, 7 p.m., 2009

 
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