Return to site

Jajouka: Burning a Hole in the Night

Brian Cullman

“Oh, I went to Jajouka a long, long time ago," Ornette said. "Why?”

I was with Ornette Coleman at a loft on 19th Street, and he was changing into a cream-colored suit. Shirley Clarke was filming a scene of Ornette swimming through space, and I was helping cinematographer Ed Lachman tape a large blue screen onto the floor. I wasn’t doing a very good job, but no one seemed to mind.

“Jajouka’s been a dream of mine for a long, long time,” I explained.