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Bestseller Michael Connelly making Frank Morgan jazz biopic

Posted by: Claude Peck under Music, Behind the scenes, Book news, Minnesota musicians, Movies, People Updated: December 4, 2013 - 12:57 PM
Bestselling crime fiction writer Michael Connelly at Talking Volumes on Dec. 3. Photo by Tom Campbell.

At the final Talking Volumes event of the 2013 season, crime novelist (and jazz lover) Michael Connelly said he was co-producing a documentary about Minneapolis-born jazz saxophonist Frank Morgan, who died in 2007. Connelly said he often listens to jazz when he writes, especially when he's writing about his popular detective hero Harry ("Hieronymous") Bosch.

Connelly said that Morgan's family members, some of whom were in the audience at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul on Tuesday, had been very helpful in making the documentary, "Sound of Redemption," which Connelly said is likely to be released in spring 2014.

Morgan was born in Minneapolis in 1933, raised mostly in Milwaukee and then moved to Los Angeles, where drugs soon led him to an adult life spent in and out of prison. His late-in-life comeback began in the mid-1980s, and included gigs at the Dakota in Minneapolis, after he moved back to Minneapolis in 2005. The Morgan documentary is being directed by N.C. Heikin, and includes interviews as well as archival footage. James Egan is another producer.

Connelly has written about his love of Morgan's music, and how he came to the idea that detective Bosch would love it, too.

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