Stanley Clarke traded his bass for a conductor’s baton — at least for some of the night on Sunday (Sept. 1) — as he presented music from his score for John Singleton’s 1991 film Boyz in the Hood to close out the 40th annual Detroit Jazz Festival.

It marked the first time, Clarke, the festival’s Artist in Residence, had given this kind of treatment to any of the 75 films he’s written music for, combining scenes from the film with 10 selections from the soundtrack, some played to accompany full scenes with dialogue, others on their own as stills from the movie were shown on a side-stage screen.

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