Jazz It Up

I have, on occasion, been accused of being a music snob. Sure, I've spent most of the last five years on a crusade for a rare Bedhead 7-inch. And maybe I choked up when I heard that My Bloody Valentine was reuniting (whatever that means). However, I really consider myself an equal opportunity listener. My country music collection nearly rivals my mid-'90s shoegaze assortment, and my iTunes throws together Dead Prez and Throwing Muses seamlessly. The one thing woefully lacking from my collection, though, is jazz. I can't really explain why, except that it seems more like an atmospheric thing, requiring a dark, smoky club for true appreciation. Despite my perceived snobbery, I actually have a deep appreciation for Chet Baker, the legendary jazz trumpeter featured in the 1989 documentary Let's Get Lost. I remember seeing it on PBS some years ago, being captivated by the black and white photography of director Bruce Weber, and then being heartbroken as the absurdly charming Baker spirals out of control right before our eyes. The Magnolia at the Modern series presents this stunning and harrowing film at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., at 6 and 8:15 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 4:15 p.m. Sunday. Your record collection may never include a jazz standard, but you won't soon forget the story of this musical legend. Tickets are $8. Visit themodern.org.
Fri., March 14, 6 & 8:15 p.m.; Sat., March 15, 5 p.m.; Sun., March 16, 2 & 4:15 p.m., 2008
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Jennifer Elaine-Davis