The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


Saturday, Jun. 6, 2015

07:00 PM – 08:30 PM

Presented by jazz historian and film collector Mark Cantor

A compendium of the best jazz vocalists on film culled from Cantor’s archives and assembled especially for the MFAH. Focusing on performances of classics, this lively program highlights an amazing lineup of singers, including Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, June Christy, Joe Williams, Mel Torme, Johnny Mercer, and Ella Fitzgerald.

IMAGE: Courtesy of Mark Cantor

About the Film

Mark Cantor was born in Los Angeles and grew listening the great jazz, blues, and pop sounds heard throughout the metropolitan L.A. area. He began collecting jazz records as a teenager, and soon discovered jazz on film. He has concentrated on locating and researching jazz films since the late 1960s, and the Celluloid Improvisations Music Film Archive now contains more than 4,000 individual performances. Mr. Cantor attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and history, with a minor in music. He began a teaching career in 1971 and retired from the classroom in 2011. He currently lives in Agoura Hills, California, where he serves as the owner and director of the Celluloid Improvisations Music Film Archive.

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Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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