After his 14-year stay in Paris, saxophonist Dexter Gordon tried his hand at acting and hit pay dirt on his first starring role. In the 1986 film “Round Midnight,” Gordon played an expatriate jazz musician in a wistful tale of Paris’ jazz scene in the 1950s. Though the character was based on Lester Young and Bud Powell, Gordon threw his own experiences into it and the result was an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Paul Newman bested him for his performance in “The Color of Money.”

The film’s soundtrack earned a Grammy and Herbie Hancock was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score. Other jazz musicians such as Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter and Freddie Hubbard made appearances as well.

The movie will be screened by the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) in celebration of National Jazz Appreciation Month. Entrance is $8, $5 for MOJO members.

Attendees can take their ticket stub to the OK Bike Shop afterwards and receive a free appetizer and live jazz supplied by MOJO.

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Jazz at the movies
Where: Bernheim Hall, Ben May Public Library (701 Government St.)
When: April 28, 6:30 p.m.