Movie – Duke Ellington: The Classic Hollywood Years

Different films of the Duke and his orchestra, including assorted musical sequences from motion pictures. Duke’s debut in the short “Black and Tan”. The short “A Bundle of Blues” with a lenghty rendition of “Stormy Weather” that starred Ivie Anderson. “Symphony in black: A rhapsody of Negro life” with Billie Holiday….

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Movie – High Society

This remake of ‘The Philadelphia Story’ into a star-studded ­technicolor musical with Cole Porter tunes works splendidly and remains an underrated gem. Starring Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and jazz great Louis Armstrong, the Cole Porter score, and lyrical content is delivered memorably by the ­charismatic performers. All films…

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Movie – Jazz Legends: Johnny Griffin, Richie Cole

Two 30 minute programs recorded in 1981 at the Village ­Vanguard. One with the Johnny Griffin Quartet, with Ronnie Matthews, Ray Drummond, and Kenny Washington. The second with the Richie Cole Quintet, featuring pianist Bobby Enriqez and guitarist Bruce Forman. All films are shown at the Beecroft Art Gallery Victoria…

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Movie – Buddy Rich: The Lost West Side Story Tapes

Originally recorded in 1985, the master tapes of Buddy Rich and his band’s performance of West Side Story were thought to have been lost in a fire. The 2-hour concert showcases Rich’s characteristically percussive approach to Leonard Bernstein’s score, with a helping of standards that prove the band to be…

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Movie – Fats Waller: This Joint is Jumpin’

A reflective musical documentary about the life and career of the American jazz pianist, organist, composer and comedic entertainer featuring vintage performance footage and interviews with Maurice Waller (Fats’ son) and musicians Sammy Price and Paul Machlin.There are a large number of performance numbers taken from various sources. All films…

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Movie – Live at Ronnie Scott’s: Art Blakey

Recorded in February 1985, Art Blakey leads the legendary six-piece Messengers (including trumpeter Terence Blanchard and saxophonist Donald Harrison) from behind his drums and turns in a truly powerful, driving performance that belies his sixty-six years. All films are shown at the Beecroft Art Gallery Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EX….

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Movie – Satchmo: the Life of Louis Armstrong

Gary Giddins has been called “the best jazz writer in America today” (Esquire). Louis Armstrong has been called the most influential jazz musician of the century. Together this auspicious pairing has resulted in Satchmo, one of the most vivid and fascinating portraits ever drawn of one of the greatest figures…

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Movie – Manhattan Transfer: Vocalese Live

The Manhattan Transfer flex their jazz muscles in this 80-minute performance , recorded in Tokyo in 1986. The quartet were touring in support of their hit Vocalese album and much of the show is devoted to that style, which consists of singing words over existing jazz instrumentals. Tunes by Woody…

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Movie – Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog

This documentary focuses on the life and music of jazz composer Charles Mingus (1922-1979), combining archival footage and interviews with two of his wives, Sue Mingus (a co-producer of this film) and Celia Mingus Zaentz, plus a variety of performers and past Mingus associates, including Dannie Richmond and John Handy….

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Movie – Weather Report: Birdland

A live concert performance from American jazz fusion group Weather Report, lmed in Tokyo in 1984. “Weather Report, an iconic in uence on the development of jazz-rock fusion, originally formed as a quintet in 1970. Its core partnership of saxophonist Wayne Shorter and keyboardist Joe Zawinul brought together in uences…

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Movie – Dixieland Jazz

In the 1930s, the Bobcats were a hot subset of the Bob Crosby Orchestra. In this 1951 reunion they perform eight numbers, including “Who’s Sorry Now?” “Lazy Mood,” and “Panama.” Another all-star band led by the ever-charming Jack Teagarden performs “Basin Street Blues,” “Wolverine Blues,” “Rocking Chair,” “Dark Eyes,” “Georgia…

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An Intimate Audience with DARYL SHERMAN

Following the successful fundraiser presented by our great friend SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON in December which raised over £5000.00, The Jazz Centre UK is proud to present ‘An intimate audience with DARYL SHERMAN’ on Saturday January 14th 2017. Daryl is the premier jazz singer-pianist in the USA and spent twelve years…

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