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Free Jazz!: Video

historical information on the Free Jazz movement (1950s-1970s), as well as primary sources and recordings

Films & Videos

Video works made by Free Jazz musicians, and live videos of performances

Space is the Place


dir. John Coney

Sun Ra wrote and stars in this strange picture from the early 1970s, in which his band descends from outer space onto the streets of Oakland, California.

Cecil Taylor live

Pianist Cecil Taylor performing live in 1974

Marion Brown live

Saxophonist Marion Brown performing live on French television

New York Eye and Ear Control


dir. Michael Snow

This experimental film is notable for its soundtrack, provided by an all-star Free Jazz combo consisting of Don Cherry, Albert Ayler, John Tchicai, Roswell Rudd, Gary Peacock, and Sunny Murray.

Don Cherry live

Trumpeter Don Cherry performing live on French television in 1971

Anthony Braxton live

Saxophonist Anthony Braxton performing live

Don Cherry


dir. Jean-Michel Delamarre

This experimental French film stars (and features a soundtrack by) Don Cherry. Anthony Braxton reads a poem, while Cherry runs around Paris.

Ornette Coleman live

Saxophonist Ornette Coleman performing live in Belgium

Archie Shepp live

Saxophonist Archie Shepp performing live