Bud Powell

On May 15, 1953, five of jazz’s most influential musicians – Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, and Bud Powell – gathered at Toronto’s Massey Hall for what would result in their first and only known recording as a quintet. While only a small audience was able to experience it in person, this historic evening was captured on tape. The resulting album, The Quintet: Jazz at Massey Hall, would become one of the genre’s most essential and celebrated releases.

Join the Institute of Jazz Studies for an exclusive screening of rare footage of legendary jazz pianist Bud Powell. The Francis Paudras Collection features over 20 hours of recently digitized film, including interviews, home movies, and live performances. Enjoy a curated selection from this collection, followed by a panel discussion featuring Vincent Pelote, Dr. Naomi Extra, and Earl John Powell, Jr. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

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