The DIA Friday Night Live! series presents Detroit jazz stars bassist Marion Hayden and pianist Alvin Waddles in a special program in which they perform the musical score LIVE during a screening of the 1926 silent-film classic, The Flying Ace. The program is free with museum admission and begins at 7 p.m.
Details from the Detroit Institute of Arts:
In the silent era, many films made for African American audiences were less concerned with the subject of race than with making popular entertainment in the traditional Hollywood style. Filmed near Jacksonville, Florida, The Flying Ace is the story of a heroic African American fighter pilot (played by J. Lawrence Criner) returning home after World War I to resume his career as a railroad detective, but soon encountering more intrigue and adventure than he bargained for.
Independently made and distributed via the era’s black theater circuit, the wonderfully entertaining The Flying Ace has been restored and is presented with a live, original score by pianist Alvin Waddles and bassist Marion Hayden.
DIA Black History Month programs are made possible by the generous support of Arn and Nancy Tellem.