Morgan’s musical pedigree encompasses a remarkable list of jazz’s greatest artists, from his father, Stanley Morgan, who played with The Ink Spots, to his mentor, the great Charlie Parker, and the sublime Billie Holiday.
His musical apprenticeship took place amid LA’s big-band nightclub scene and the wild parties that swirled around it, vividly captured by director N.C. Heikin through a series of wonderfully candid anecdotes and eye-opening archival footage.
With the seductive glamour of Jazz’s golden age, however, came its downsides, including destructive addictions which lead to the deaths of Parker and Holliday and incarceration for Morgan in San Quentin Prison. Yet it’s at this juncture - Morgan’s lowest point - that his musical career takes a surprising turn.
Through spirited interviews with Morgan’s friends, collaborators and co-conspirators, director Heikin captures with empathy and candour the life and crimes of a jazz legend.
Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story
Seasons & Screenings
29 May + 5 Jun
Bank robber, junkie, jazz artist: Frank Morgan’s rocky road to redemption and musical greatness is captured in all its ragged glory in this inspiring documentary. Spanning the glittering era of jazz’s infamous LA night spots in Central Avenue to one of America's most notorious prisons, Sound of Redemption offers a compelling look at one of jazz's most remarkable second acts.