Oldest jazz band in the world on film




A documentary about what is described as the oldest jazz band in the world, the Peace Old Jazz Band, received its première at the Hot Docs festival

The world première of As Time Goes By In Shanghai, a film about what is described as the oldest jazz band in the world, took place at the Hot docs film festival in Toronto on 1 May.

The Peace Old Jazz Band, from Shanghai, China, are aged between 65 and 87 and have been playing jazz since the 1940s.

In 2005, they received the Guinness World Record for the oldest jazz band, having performed together every night in Shanghai for the last 20 years.

As Time Goes By In Shanghai, a film by Uli Gaulke, follows the six veteran musicians as they travel to Rotterdam's North Sea Jazz Festival to perform on stage.

The six band members have lived through some of the 20th century's most turbulent events, including the Japanese occupation of China and the Communist Cultural Revolution, and the film looks back at their lives and careers.

You can watch teaser trailers for the movie here and find out more about the project on the film's Facebook page.

Sally Evans-Darby


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