Jazz on Film 2016

In collaboration with Manchester Jazz Festival we present Jazz on Film, a series of films that present a visual and audio snapshot of the interaction between jazz and cinema.

Including documentaries, biopics and films celebrated for their use of jazz related scores, the season highlights include Louis Malle’s Lift to the Scaffold with its mournful Miles Davis score and Bertrand Tavernier’s superlative ‘Round Midnight, featuring, amongst others, Dexter Gordon. We also herald the return of the Tubby Hayes doc, Man in a Hurry, a HOME sell-out when it was shown in 2015.

Based on a concept by Ehsan Khoshbakht.


In this season

Jazz goes to the movies

Our film team are working with Manchester Jazz Festival to plan a great season of jazz-inspired films for July 2016. Daniel Graham gives us a historic…

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Matt & Phreds’ Top 10 Jazz Playlist

In collaboration with Manchester Jazz Festival we've launched our Jazz on Film season celebrating a fusion of jazz beats and cinema treats. We even asked local…

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Counterpoint is a series of four new films by filmmaker Antony Barkworth-Knight in collaboration with Manchester based musicians Graham Massey, Olivia Moore, Ríoghnach Connolly and…

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Previously in this season

Mo’ Better Blues

Talented trumpeter Bleek Gilliam (Washington) is obsessed by his music and torn by indecisiveness about his girlfriends Indigo and Clarke. But when he is forced…

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Lift to the Scaffold

In his mesmerising debut feature, twenty-four-year-old Louis Malle brought together the beauty of Jeanne Moreau, the camerawork of Henri Decaë, and a now legendary, semi-improvised score by…

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Tubby Hayes: A Man in a Hurry

Tubby Hayes: A Man in a Hurry charts the life and times of professional jazz musician Edward Brian ‘Tubby’ Hayes who recorded some of the…

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Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser

Expanding on rare 16mm footage of Monk’s 1967 tour shot by Christian Blackwood, Charlotte Zwerin has created the definitive filmic portrait of the master bop pianist-composer. The…

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Tubby Hayes – A Man In A Hurry Intro

We will be joined by writer and producer Mark Baxter who will introduce the film.

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A heartfelt and sensitive study of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker by noted jazz enthusiast Clint Eastwood, the film elegantly segues between past and present to…

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The Connection

A cornerstone of American independent cinema (and a sizeable influence on Cassavetes), Shirley Clarke’s portrait of addiction amongst a group of New York jazz musicians…

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‘Round Midnight

Featuring cameos from Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock (amongst others), Bertrand Tavernier’s portrait of fictional saxophonist Dale Turner, regarded as a composite of Bud Powell…

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All Night Long

Based on Shakespeare’s Othello, Basil Dearden’s tale of a jazz drummer (Patrick McGoohan) is set almost entirely within the confines of a jazz club. An enjoyable…

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‘Round Midnight Intro

We will be joined by musician and composer John Ellis who will introduce the film.

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Jazz on Vinyl

Back by popular demand, our Artistic Director for Film, Jason Wood (and special guest TBC), revives his vinyl jukebox - this time with an entirely…

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Bayou Maharajah

Explore the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, with never-before-seen concert footage, rare personal photos and exclusive interviews.

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Born to be Blue

Ethan Hawke is magnetic as Chet Baker, the legendary trumpeter and singer who, after becoming a jazz icon in the 1950s, became equally famous for…

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