In the movie "Whiplash," Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) tells a young Miles Teller a story about how Charlie Parker almost got decapitated by a crash cymbal when he messed up on stage. Perhaps Freddie Hubbard should've thrown a cymbal at a heckling white audience instead of the phrase "Jive Motherf***er."
With the Oscars nigh, some of the contenders are hitting the late night circuit to get some good ol' fashioned face time in before the gala. And taking the "Saturday Night Live" stage was none other than Oscar-nominated J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") -- and he even brought abusive jazz-maestro Terence Fletcher with him.
While watching HBO's Joshua Bell: A YoungArts Masterclass, it is easy to see that it's all about the kids. The world-renowned violinist checks his ego at the door, focusing his efforts on Mendelssohn, Bach and his youthful ritornello, who clearly idolize their enthusiastic coach.
A big name to look out for, who premiered in the breakout feature and opener from the 2014 Sundance FIlm Festival Whiplash, is J.K. Simmons. The actor has an utmost stellar performance as the abusive jazz-maestro Terence Fletcher.