Film1. ‘JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY’ (2021) @ THE COLISEUM CINEMA Saturday 19th August. 2-3.30pm (88mins)
This is the 2021 re-release and fully remastered version of Bert Stern’s classic filming of the 1958 Newport (Rhode Island) jazz festival. Newport Jazz Festival was created in 1954 by socialites Elaine and Louis Lorillard. With a few exceptions, the big band jazz scene had waned in the early 1950s and in its place smaller groups and solo performers took centre stage. That suited the style of a festival perfectly and Newport achieved immediate success. By its fifth edition, the talent appearing reflected Newport’s status as one of the pre-eminent festivals in the US. Newport Jazz Festival almost certainly inspired the curators of those early editions of Brecon Jazz. Stunning original iconic performances from:
MAHALIA JACKSON, THELONIOUS MONK, LOUIS ARMSTRONG, CHUCK BERRY, SONNY STITT, BIG MAYBELLE, JACK TEAGARDEN, JIMMY GIUFFRE, GEORGE SHEARING, GERRY MULLIGAN, DINAH WASHINGTON, CHICO HAMILTON, ANITA O’DAY
Film: Talk & Discusion “Jazz in Film” Led by Tom Parsons, @ St Marys, 4-5.30pm Saturday 19th August.
Tom Parsons by independent film-maker who directed “Indigo – Revelations in Small steps” working alongside Byron Wallen over a ten-year period to craft a compelling story using live performance, archive footage and personal interviews. Tom is also a sound designer and composer based in Kent and will introduce our second film screening at the Colliseum
Film 2 ‘INDIGO – REVELATIONS IN SMALL STEPS’ (2023) @ THE COLISEUM CINEMA Sunday 20th August. 2.00pm (56mins)
This is a fascinating biopic of jazz trumpeter Byron Wallen. While touring Morocco, South Africa, and other destinations Byron gathers three friends in search for a magical new style of music – anyone can dance to. Mixing simple melodies, traditional rhythms from Africa and the mystery of numerology, the sound they discover is more powerful and influential than they could ever have imagined.
This is also the story of INDIGO, a unique band featuring Larry Bartley (Courtney Pine, Jean Toussaint), Tony Kofi (World Saxophone Quartet, Ornette Coleman), and Tom Skinner (Sons of Kemet, The Smile).
Rating Information: “the Licensing Authority has authorised this film but has not viewed it” No material is likely to offend or harm, but the cinema will not be able to admit under 18s (even if they’ve booked in advance).
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