Uncle Dan's Movie Night - Dan Wakefield, Sophie Faught, Steve Allee

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Uncle Dan's Movie Night - Dan Wakefield, Sophie Faught, Steve Allee
Film, Talk, Music!
New York in the Fifties, the documentary film based on Dan Wakefield’s memoir and produced by Betsy Blankenbaker, will be shown at The Jazz Kitchen Tuesday, Jan. 30. The film features Joan Didion, James Baldwin, Gay Talese, David Amram, William F. Buckley, Norman Mailer – and Wakefield, who will be there to answer questions after the screening. Steve Allee, the jazz pianist/composer who wrote the music for the film, will be there in person to play songs from the ‘fifties, along with star saxophonist Sophie Faught.


Take a creative journey with Dan and Sophie as they tell through stories and music how they each, in different eras, became a musician, a writer. Their Jams give off the rhythm and excitement as well as the dedication/ inspiration of making artistic dreams come true.

SOPHIE FAUGHT has performed in venues across the country and the world, including Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She has headlined at the nationally recognized Portland Jazz Festival, leading her own group in original compositions and jazz standards. She has toured as a member of Nicholas Payton Jazz Quintet, and has also appeared with Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Terrell Stafford and Dick Oates.

“Faught plays with assurance beyond her years.”
- Doug Ramsey, Jazz Times

“The depth of her tone, the maturity of her improvisations and the appealing idiosyncrasies of her phrases point to a young musician of considerable accomplishment and still more potential.”
- Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune

DAN WAKEFIELD is a journalist, novelist and screenwriter, whose best-selling novels include Going All The Way and Starting Over. His memoirs include New York in the Fifties, which was made as a documentary film, and Returning: A Spiritual Journey, which Bill Moyers called “One of the most important memoirs of the spirit I’ve ever read.” He created the NBC primetime series “James at 15” and wrote the screenplay of his novel Going All The Way starring Ben Affleck. He has written for magazines including The Nation, Esquire, The Atlantic, Commentary, Commonweal, TV Guide, The Yoga Journal and Theology Today.

“Dan Wakefield is a master storyteller.”
- The Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Dan Wakefield. . .has become the Boswell of the heady days when art and literature had a flowering in The Village.”
- Richard Shepard, The New York Times