Sunday, August 2, 2015
At age 7, Frank Morgan saw Charlie Parker in concert and was inspired to take up playing the sax. A true prodigy, Morgan was touring playing backup for greats like Billie Holiday and Josephine Baker by age 15, and was hailed the inheritor of his hero by age 23. Soon after, his life was consumed by a crippling heroin addiction, which led to his frequent incarceration over the course of 30 years. Once clean, Morgan shook off the title of tragic legend and reclaimed his throne. Through interviews with eminent jazz scholars and the musicians he collaborated with, this documentary tells Morgan’s tale of redemption.