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Picturing Us Film Series: Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together

August 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

In conjunction with the exhibition Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories, NOMA presents six documentary films exploring the people and places that make New Orleans home. The films will be screened as part of Friday Nights at NOMA programming.

  • Friday, July 6, 7 pm: Tchoupitoulas
  • Friday, July 20, 7 pm: The Sons of Tennessee Williams
  • Friday, July 27, 7 pm: Mr. Cao Goes to Washington
  • Friday, August 3, 6 pm: Prejudice and Pride
  • Friday, August 10, 7 pm: Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together
  • Friday, August 17, 7 pm: By Invitation Only


Filmmaker Stevenson Palfi’s portrait of three great New Orleans pianists—Isidore “Tuts” Washington, Henry “Professor Longhair” Byrd, and Allen Toussaint—was filmed in 1982. The documentary examines how these men influenced one another’s music. The documentary takes viewers through the very personal and sacred New Orleans tradition of a jazz wake and funeral procession for Professor Longhair, which was taped at the encouragement of his widow, Alice. Also included is footage of a concert with Toussaint and Washington, who turned the event into a tribute to “Fess.” Released to critical acclaim more than 35 years ago, Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together is considered by many to be one of the most important and exciting explorations of New Orleans’ musical tradition ever made. The film is the winner of more than twenty awards. Documentary film editor, producer, and writer Tim Watson will be present for a Q&A following the screening. (1982 | Not rated | 1 hour, 16 minutes)

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August 10, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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