From Jazz Right Now:
On February 17 at 7 PM, Spectrum will present a US premiere screening of The Passion of Joe, a documentary by a Taiwanese musician Yi-Chen Chang and American filmmaker Richard Widmer. The film deals with Joe Maneri (1927-2009), a visionary and individualistic figure of American jazz and avant garde. The viewers will get intimate glimpses of Maneri’s life, masterful clarinet and saxophone performances, and time at the New England Conservatory, where he taught from 1970 to 2007. There is accompanying commentary by his friends and colleagues, including Julia Werntz, James Bergin, Harvey Pekar, and Chang, a recent student of Maneri. The documentary is an important tribute to a man whose extraordinary contributions to music and microtonality merit a prominent place in the American consciousness. Chang will be present to answer questions.