About the film

While Ken Burns’ “Jazz” series on PBS is widely considered an authoritative account of the origins and evolution of American jazz music, a big part of the story was missing, or at least given short shrift. Tom Surgal’s “Fire Music,” the first serious attempt to document the electrifying sights and sounds of the wildly diverse and combustible free jazz revolution that began in the late 1950s, more than compensates. The music was freed from any tonal center and introduced new languages of expression, thanks to pioneers such as Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor and a variety of compelling personalities whose playing styles and philosophies reflected the turbulent times that birthed the subculture.


7:30 p.m. Sat., April 13
Third Man Records 

Film credits

Year: 2018 
Run time: 1 hour, 7 minutes 
Director: Tom Surgal 
Producer: Dan Braun
Executive Producers: Ron Mann, Peter Afterman, Andrés Santo Domingo, Keith Abrahamsson, Joe Wemple, John Loggia, Thurston Moore, Nels Cline, Josh Braun, David Koh
Editor: John Northrup 
Composer: Lin Culbertson