San Francisco Jazz continues it’s summer series with live jazz this Sunday together with screenings of the San Francisco film noir ‘The Maltese Falcon’; and Buster Keaton’s ‘Go West’ (1925) at Miner Hall in Civic Center, a building constructed for the performance of jazz. The Club Foot Orchestra, which writes complex 1920s style and contemporary matinee scores for silent films, will premiere it’s score for ‘Go West’ at 3:00 and at 5:30 pm.. Long time fan Ken Moller describes the complex scores this way: They draw from a variety of influences, including Klezmer, rock, and even dissonant avant garde music. Some of their stuff is way out there. Plus, if you have ever wanted to drive cattle through Los Angeles, here’s how Buster Keaton pulled off the stunt.
‘The Maltese Falcon’ film opens with live musical interpretation by Lisa Mezzacappa’s AvantNoir happens only once, at 9:30 pm.. But wait, there’s more. ‘Go West’ will be preceded by shorts from the era. The performance by Club Foot opens with screenings of a ‘Felix the Cat’ cartoon ‘Felix Woos Whoopie’ (1920); ‘How a Mosquito Operates’ (1912); and ‘Koko the Convict’ by Max Fleischer (1926).
Miner Hall stands at 201 Franklin Street at Fell, near Davies Symphony Hall. It’s the building across from the huge poster size black and white head shots of jazz artists covering upper level windows. Pedestrians on the street may view the stage through a specific opening of Miner Hall. Inside, steeply raked seating surrounds the stage with state of the art video and webcasting capability. The facility integrates video screens and state of the art projection designed for a multi-media experience. There are lots of fun places to go before, between or after the film screenings, including The Grove on Hayes; Absinthe; and the tiny dark bar Smuggler’s Cove.
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The live Club Foot Orchestra and ‘Go West’ screening repeats, the first at 3:00 followed by one at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. It’s Sunday so drivers may find street parking but lots include the Performing Arts garage and the Civic Center Garage. Civic Center BART is just a short walk away and the sparkling new bike cage just opened. Tickets to ‘Go West’ cost $15 or $20 dollars. SF Jazz discourages bringing children.
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‘The Maltese Falcon’ preceded by live musical interpretation by Lisa Mezzacappa’s AvantNoir at 9:30 pm Sunday
SF Jazz presents at 9:30 pm a screening of the Dashiell Hammett film noir with Humphrey Bogart and set in San Francisco, ‘The Maltese Falcon’. Lisa Mezzacappa’s AvantNoir opens the screening, interpreting the film’s style and elements musically. The sleuthing, shadows, shadowy figures and femme fatales lend themselves to music noir with tenor sax, electric guitar, acoustic bass, drums, vibraphone, percussion and live electronics. Tickets cost $15 or $20. SF Jazz discourages bringing children. If you loved spy music night with Sheena Easton and the San Francisco Symphony last month, these screenings will probably appeal to you.
For more information: SF Jazz or call (415) 788-4353.