Jazz and The City
EFG London Jazz Festival
This programme brings together a short selection of films which, in their own unique way, captures the relationship between jazz and the city.
From providing a sonic accompaniment to questions of inequality, racial discrimination and urban ennui of London’s black community in the Black Audio Film Collective’s Who Needs A Heart, to its role in community building in South Central LA in Charles Burnett’s When It Rains, each film positions jazz music as emanating from the experiences of those occupying the city.
EFG LJF: Who Needs a Heart + When It Rains (12A)
Two films where jazz functions as part of the social and emotional fabric of the city.
EFG LJF: Young Man with a Horn (35mm) + Jazz of Lights
Screening from a 35mm print, Michael Curtis’ Young Man with a Horn, starring Hollywood legends Kirk Douglas, Doris Day and Lauren Bacall, is a fictionalised account of jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
EFG LJF: No Maps on My Taps + About Tap
These two documentaries, No Maps on My Taps and About Tap, shine a light onto the pioneers of tap dancing.
EFG LJF: Paris Blues (35mm)
A portrait of 1960s Paris, Paris Blues centres around two jazz musicians (Sidney Poitier and Paul Newman) living in self-imposed exile from the US.