Jazz Improvs

23 May
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$15/$13

A collection of rarely screened 16mm films exploring the various rhythms, people and hometowns of jazz.

Begone Dull Care (1949, 8mins)
The legendary animator Norman McLaren interprets three contrasting jazz pieces played by the Oscar Peterson Trio.

Always for Pleasure (1978, 57mins)
Les Blank’s plotless, exuberant celebration of the soundtrack of New Orleans, ranging from the jazz funeral to the annual revival of the ‘black Indian’ tradition.

The Cradle is Rocking (1968, 12mins)
Focuses on Kid Sheik and his Storyville Ramblers and Harold Dejan’s Olympia Brass Band to trace the origins of jazz and its continuing vitality in New Orleans, the city of its birth.

Memories of the Duke (1980, 80mins)
Amateur filmmaker, jazz enthusiast and friend of Duke Ellington, Gary Keys has edited together footage he filmed at five separate concerts given by the Ellington Orchestra during their tour of Mexico in 1968 for the Cultural Olympics.


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