Unknown to the mainstream, Denis A. Charles was a legend on the Avant-garde Jazz scene. As, Cecil Taylor?s first drummer, Denis caught the attention of musicians like Thelonious Monk, Jimmy Giuffre, Gil Evans. Out of the music scene for a large part of the 60?s and the 70?s, Denis A. Charles delighted a new generation of musicians when he made his comeback around 1978. Denis remained an active musician until his untimely death on March 26, 1998.
"If it's true that jazz music represents being triumphant in the face of adversity, then Denis Charles is the perfect jazz musician ... Denis A. Charles: An interrupted conversation perfectly captures the humor and sweetness of this fearless musician, who literally played for his life". Jim Dempsey, Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.
Denis A. Charles: An interrupted conversation has traveled to many festivals in the US and abroad where it has won several awards including:
- Best Film/Video Documentary Production: XVII Black International Cinema-Berlin
- 2002 Audience Award/Best Feature: Detroit Docs
- Ciny Award 2002/Outstanding Documentary: CinewomenNY