If you're a filmmaker and you want to evoke the danger of nighttime streets and the lure of dark alleys, what are you going to cue up on the soundtrack: a smoky trumpet solo over a walking bass line, or John Williams conducting the freakin' Boston Pops? From Miles Davis scoring Jeanne Moreau's prowl through open-all-nite Paris in Louis Malle's Elevator to the Gallows to the wisps of Bix Beiderbecke and Sidney Bechet that trail Benjamin Button through New Orleans--with a detour for the jolly Dixieland brass that accompanies Woody Allen back to the future in Sleeper--jazz is the movies' musical shorthand for vice, revelry and dark desires. In this afternoon affair, Adair, the queen of Nashville jazz piano, and writer-musician-film aficionado Yanok scan a century of movies and discuss the use and influence of America's native musical idiom, offering classic selections along the way. The event kicks off the Frist's popular Sunday-afternoon "Jazz on the Move" series, which combines monthly performances and lectures with the help of the tireless ambassadors at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.
Sun., Jan. 11, 4 p.m., 2009