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Body and Soul: An American Bridge

Body and Soul: An American Bridge

Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 2:00 pm


$18 | $10 for Spertus members | $8 for students and Spertus alumni

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Chicago Premiere!
Best Music Documentary, San Francisco Black Film Festival

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Of all the cross-cultural encounters in American popular music, none has been as complex as that between African Americans and American Jews. Teasing out the strands of this musical knot, this film explores the jazz standard Body and Soul, composed by Johnny Green and performed by artists from Louis Armstrong to Amy Winehouse. Directed by Robert Philipson.

Kicking off the series in style, special guest Orbert Davis, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, will share both his musical knowledge and his trumpet playing to “discuss” Body and Soul. 

Orbert DavisOrbert Davis is a master trumpeter, Emmy-winning conductor, and gifted composer, recording artist, and educator. A leader in Chicago’s arts and culture community, he has been called one of the “most admired jazz artists” by Arts Critic Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune and a “Chicagoan of the Year” by Chicago Magazine. In 2011, Davis was named Artist-In-Residence for the Chicago Jazz Festival, an honor held by only one other Chicagoan in its history. He has played key roles in film and television, including serving as consultant to Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes for the feature film Road to Perdition starring Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. His latest release, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s Havana Blue, is the result of an extraordinary residency with Cuba’s Universidad de las Artes (ISA). He hosts The Real Deal with Orbert Davis, a weekly three-hour program airing on 90.9fm WDCB. Photo by Kenneth Muhammad.


Sunday Cinema is sponsored by the Wilkow Family.
It is the 2017 Solomon Goldman Program Series.

Image at left

Louis Armstrong.
Photo courtesy Seventh Art Releasing

What is Sunday Cinema?


3 Sundays in February
3 Films and Jewish and Music
3 Premieres

Sunday Cinema is a mini Jewish Film Festival that happens over three Sundays in February, bringing new Jewish films to Chicago that area audiences wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to see.

The films will be screened in the beautiful, state-of-the-art Feinberg Theater at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.

Body and Soul: An American Bridge
Chicago Premiere

February 11 at 2 pm
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Mandala Beats
Midwest Premiere

February 18 at 2 pm
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On the Banks of the Tigris
Midwest Premiere

February 25 at 2 pm
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