Jamie Cullum surveys jazz in film

A new two-part series on BBC Radio 2 from Jamie Cullum looks at jazz in the cinema, covering Bird, Mo' Better Blues, Breathless and more

A new series on Radio 2, Jazz At The Movies, features interviews with some of the great jazz contributors to cinema as well as rare archived material. Presented by Jamie Cullum, the series airs in two parts on 29 April and 6 May at 10pm.

Charting the relationship between jazz and cinema from Al Jolson to the present day, the series features Cullum chatting to Clint Eastwood about the music of Charlie Parker for his film Bird (1988), trumpeter Terence Blanchard about teaching Denzel Washington how to hold a trumpet in Mo' Better Blues (1990), and pianist Martial Solal about his soundtrack to Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (1960).

The first part of the documentary features a rarely heard archive interview with Duke Ellington, plus discussion of Betty Boop and the Ellington soundtrack to Anatomy Of A Murder (1959).

Of the series, Cullum comments "these programmes are an opportunity for me to show what happens when great jazz and great films meet". The popular vocalist/pianist also presents a weekly jazz show on Radio 2 looking at new jazz and favourites from the past, which is now in its fourth year.

You can listen to the show online and find out more at the Jazz at the Movies website.

Sally Evans-Darby

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