The Devil’s Horn: The History and Curse of the Saxophone to Play May 6,7,8 in Victoria. Island Jazz Readers Can Win a Free Pair of Passes.
The Devils’ Horn: The History and Curse of the Saxophone, the latest documentary by award-winning Canadian filmmaker Larry Weinstein (Inside Hana’s Suitcase and Our Man in Tehran) is coming to the Vic Theatre in Victoria for a limited three-day engagement (May 6,7,8) and Island Jazz readers have the chance to win a pair of free passes.
Weinstein, who has made films about classical music in his twenty-year career, has had a longstanding interest in jazz and got the idea for The Devil’s Horn after reading the 2005 book of the same title by Michael Segell. He told Toronto film critic Andrew Parker in a recent interview that “I thought there was a fabulous idea for a film in there because he [Segell] touches on this notion of a curse behind the sax.”
The idea of the curse goes back to the Adolphe Sax (1814-1894), the inventor of the saxophone, who, it is said, led a cursed life (he suffered seven near-death experiences in childhood, went mad and died in poverty).
The devil’s involvement seems to be connected with the Catholic Church which banned the instrument in 1903. The Nazis not only banned it but also burned saxophones and saxophone recordings.Even the communists got in on the act, routinely imprisoning saxophonists. And then there’s the tragic lives of some of its greatest exponents, mostly in the jazz world.
Weinstein’s film explores this storied history but more important, it examines the soulful and seductive power of the instrument said to be the closest to the human voice and at the very heart of modern jazz. The film features interviews with a number of saxophonists including the legendary Jimmy Heath.
If you’d like your name included in the draw, email me at gibrickATgmailDOTcom and write “ticket draw” in the subject line. Include your full name and telephone number in the body of the email. I must receive your entry no later than Wednesday, May 4 at 12 noon. The draw takes place on Thursday.
Movie times are 7pm on Friday, May 6; 4pm on Saturday, May 7; and 7pm on Sunday, May 8. You can view the trailer here.