Part jazz history, part true-crime tale, I Called Him Morgan tells the tragic story of Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, who murdered him in a New York bar in 1972.
“a delicate human drama about love, ambition and the glories of music.” – New York Times
Hailed by some as the most talented trumpeter of his generation, Lee Morgan was playing with Art Blakey and Dizzy Gillespie while still in his teens. His career as bandleader spanned dozens of recording sessions and when Morgan’s life was sadly cut short at 33 years old it sent shockwaves through the Jazz community.
Combining Helen’s own testimony with a wealth of archive material to weave a tribute to two unique personalities and the music that brought them together, I Called Him Morgan is an evocative look at the power of art, addiction and desire.