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.          

Official Theatrical Release News

Friends, fans, jazz lovers, film lovers, Connelly book lovers, we are bursting with pride to announce our official theatrical opening in New York City at the vaunted IFC Center, known for its exceptional programming of choice films. This long awaited occasion will take place on December 2, 2015.  It will play thru 12/10. Following that, we will open in the Los Angeles area at two equally prestigious Laemmle Theaters (in North Hollywood and Pasadena) on December 18, 2015.  It will play for one week. If you are a coastal city dweller, please come out to see and hear SOUND OF REDEMPTION, The Frank Morgan Story, on the BIG SCREEN with a HUGE SOUND SYSTEM that will do the heart stopping music justice.  See you there!

Featured Reviews

“2015 has been a great year for music docs, with films about Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Kurt Cobain and the Wrecking Crew all scoring with audiences and critics. And here, at year's end, comes "Sound of Redemption" — as good as any.”
- Los Angeles Times

“it’s a fond and forgiving tribute to the man, filled with music that moves beyond happy and sad, and toward something like brilliance.”
- New York Times

“N.C. Heikin's hurtin' beauty of a doc”
- Village Voice

“the film has a strong feel for the emotion behind Frank Morgan’s acclaimed bebop." - Hollywood Reporter

“Sound of Redemption is a great documentary that paints a fascinating picture of a talented musician whose music helped him get through the most difficult years of his life.”

“Heikin's best inspiration is to stage and film a tribute concert at San Quentin. Grace Kelly's tender "Over the Rainbow" solo might stir tears, and Heikin, unlike so many impatient directors, knows that in a doc about musicians, the music should breathe.”
- LA Weekly

"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."

“Morgan's "redemption" came at a high price, and the film effectively balances realism and optimism in portraying his deeply troubled yet fulfilling life."
- Victor L. Schermer, All About Jazz

“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

Frank Morgan played with an intensity and an honesty that spoke to the deep-down jazz fan and the casual listener alike.  Every note was suffused with a warmth that those who were lucky enough to know him recognized as a direct reflection of Frank the person.  His "second act," though far too delayed, was a miracle, and "Sound of Redemption" helps us appreciate both the struggle Frank faced and his ultimate triumph.”
- Bob Blumenthal, author/journalist

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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.
PSIFF 2014 Best of Fest


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