Big kudos to the folks at Cinefamily, who have taken over L.A.’s Silent Movie Theater, bringing a tasteful, eclectic batch of films, of every genre and era, to the city. Last night I checked out their screening of Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together, which documents three generations of New Orleans piano legends coming together for the first time (Tuts Washington, Professor Longhair and Allen Toussaint). For those interested in the evolution of New Orleans music, this is essential viewing. The above YouTube clip is taken from the film.
Details: “Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together” is a 76 minute portrait of three great New Orleans pianists and how they influenced one another’s music. The three keyboard artists – Tuts Washington, Professor Longhair and Allen Toussaint – are featured playing together for the first time in a rehearsal for a joint concert. The rehearsal turned out to be the only time the three ever played together, because Professor Longhair died two days before the scheduled performance. The documentary takes viewers through the very personal and sacred New Orleans tradition of a jazz wake and funeral procession for Professor Longhair, which was taped at the encouragement of his widow, Alice. Also included is the previously planned concert with Toussaint and Washington, who turned the event into a tribute to Fess.” (via)