'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris | Chicago Reader

'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris

A director and writer of fiction films (The Thing About My Folks, Two Family House) as well as a jazz pianist, Raymond De Felitta tracked down the great, forgotten bebop singer Jackie Paris, befriended him, and in this documentary tries to get to the bottom of why his promising career never clicked, despite tours with Charlie Parker and Lenny Bruce. What emerges is inconclusive and sometimes awkward—especially when Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Whaley, and Nick Tosches get enlisted to recite news stories and reviews—yet also haunting and heartbreaking for what it shows about the scuffling disorder of some jazz careers. When the voice-overs don't compete with the music, Paris is a spellbinder even at 79 (though I didn't learn as much as I wanted about his guitar playing and tap dancing), and his classic singing of “Skylark” sent shivers up my spine (2006). 100 min.

Credits

Cast information not available at this time.

What others are saying

  • Add a review

    Rating

    Select a star to rate.