Jazz on Film hosted by archivist

Features footage of Thelonious Monk, Dexter Gordon

Jazz fans can clear their minds and sway to the sounds Thursday at the 32nd annual Jazz on Film in Los Angeles.

Jazz archivist Mark Cantor will host the event at 7:30 p.m. at the Ebony Repertory Theatre. It will feature footage of such influential performers as Thelonious Monk, Dexter Gordon and Miles Davis, some of whom have performed in L.A.'s top jazz clubs. Other clips include performances by Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Louis Armstrong, Mel Torme, Dinah Washington and more.

The evening also will feature a performance by Cantor and a screening of the award-winning documentary "Chops," about a Florida high school jazz band that's determined to prove they swing as hard as any band in the country.

Admission is free, but tickets will be available at noon Thursday on a first-come, first-served basis.

Jazz on Film is held in conjunction with the Playboy Jazz Festival, which is set for Saturday and Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl.