Past Meetup

Saint Louis Blues (at the Hayti Heritage Film Festival)

This Meetup is past

8 people went

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This is just one film from the four-day Hayti Heritage Film Festival (http://www.hayti.org/hayti-heritage-film-festival.html). You should definitely consider the other films and maybe even come for the whole session.

From Wikipedia:

St. Louis Blues (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_Blues_%281958_film%29) is a 1958 American film broadly based on the life of W. C. Handy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._C._Handy). It starred jazz and blues greats Nat "King" Cole (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat_King_Cole), Pearl Bailey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Bailey), Cab Calloway (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cab_Calloway), Ella Fitzgerald (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ella_Fitzgerald), Eartha Kitt (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eartha_Kitt), and Barney Bigard (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barney_Bigard), as well as gospel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_music) singer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singer) Mahalia Jackson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahalia_Jackson) and actress (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actress) Ruby Dee (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_Dee). The film's soundtrack used over ten of Handy's songs including the title song.

In conjunction with the film, Cole recorded an album of W. C. Handy compositions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_Blues_%28album%29), arranged by Nelson Riddle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_Riddle), and Fitzgerald incorporated "St. Louis Blues" into her concert repertoire.

Admission is $7, and I think that covers the whole four-day festival. This film is scheduled to start at 8:30, so I'm listing the meetup start time as 8:15.

If you plan to attend the whole session, you might mention that in the comments so others can find you.

Look forward to seeing you there!