Cats With Chops

As Duke Ellington said, “Jazz has always been like the kind of man you wouldn’t want your daughter to associate with.” This weekend, WDNA 88.9 FM has dedicated a whole film festival to such characters hopped up on hooch and horns. The 14th annual Miami Jazz Film Festival will open Thursday with Candido: Hand of Fire, a documentary about great Cuban percussionist Candido Camero, who will accept the key to the city from Mayor Tomás Regalado. The tribute begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Tower Theater and is followed by an afterparty at the WDNA Jazz Gallery (2921 Coral Way, Miami).

This Friday, catch the Florida premiere of Flags, Feathers, and Lies, a mediation on New Orleans’s African-American Mardi Gras Indians as told by jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr. And Saturday, see Deconstructing Dad, a film about Raymond Scott, who was the Brian Eno of the Big Band Era, and Charlie Haden: Rambling Boy, about the upright bassist who often accompanied Ornette Coleman. Afterward, head to the WDNA Jazz Gallery for a tribute to saxophonist Wilton “Bogey” Gaynair. Sunday will feature films about Dutch drummer Han Bennink and free-jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler, as well as one about the genre’s gospel roots, Rejoice and Shout.
Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 7:15 p.m., 2010


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