The late jazz saxophonist Frank Morgan's tale of redemption from drug addict, conman and convict to beloved elder statesman of jazz. This documentary film was directed by NC Heikin, and produced by James Egan and bestselling author Michael Connelly.
Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story made its debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 14, 2014.
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“the film has a strong feel for the emotion behind Frank Morgan’s acclaimed bebop." - Hollywood Reporter
"N.C. Heikin’s terrific music documentary interweaves a great concert by the late jazzman’s admirers and acolytes at the Bay Area prison with a stirring history of both the L.A. music scene and mid-century, African American show business in general. But really, the kickiest part is when it recounts the ingenious criminal schemes Morgan dreamed up to support his gargantuan heroin habit."
- Los Angeles Daily News
"If you're a Jazz fan but unfamiliar with the Charlie Parker protege Frank Morgan, "Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story" will school you on a saxophone virtuoso and convict who lived what sounds like four adventurous, glamorous, tragic lives while earning the title "the new Bird." "Redemption" traces how deep the comparisons cut into Morgan's psyche."
“Frank Morgan's incredible saga of creative achievement in love and in music, in jazz clubs and in prison, is life-affirming. Unfolding with sensitivity and style, and masterful audio mix, Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story joins the pantheon of the greatest jazz documentaries of all time.”
- Tom Roche, music journalist, DJ, and editor
“I haven't had such a rewarding cinematic experience in many a moon. Enlightening, expansive, original and joyous - visual jazz.”
- Jack Perez, director
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Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story was named to Best of Fest at the 26th Palm Springs International Film Festival. Ten films were selected by audience vote.
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