Preview: Curzon Cinema jazz weekend

As part of Curzon Cinemas' Summer Of Sound, the All That Jazz Weekender at Curzon Bloomsbury features classic jazz movies including Lift To The Scaffold and Shoot The Piano Player

The All That Jazz Weekender will take place at the Curzon Bloomsbury on 1 and 2 August. It's part of the cinema group's Summer Of Sound, a two-month long celebration of music and sound in the movies which takes place across the various Curzon venues and ends on 28 August.

Ian Haydn Smith, editor of Curzon Magazine, says "It's been great fun putting together the All That Jazz Weekend. It's full of off-beat and classic treats. We hope that audiences will get as much of a kick out of seeing these films and rare performances on the big screen as we do. The weekend is a great celebration of jazz on film."

The weekend features classic movies with jazz at their heart, including Louis Malle's Lift To The Scaffold, with Miles Davis's famous soundtrack, and the Academy Award nominated Great Day In Harlem, a documentary directed by Jean Bach which tells the story of Art Kane's famous 1958 photograph (pictured right) of jazz legends. Each film will be preceded by a short introduction to help place the movies in context. On Saturday there will also be talks by jazz writer Selwyn Harris.

The programme is as follows:

Saturday 1 August:

Breathless (1960) plus a recorded performance from 1938
Shoot The Piano Player (1960) plus a recorded performance from 1934
Lift To The Scaffold (1968)

Sunday 2 August:

Great Day In Harlem (1994) plus four exclusive shorts
1959: The Year That Changed The World a 30-minute talk about a key year in jazz, plus rare recorded performances
Sweet Smell Of Success (1957)
Shadows (1959, picture left)

Further Information can be obtained from Curzon's Summer Of Sound website.

Bruce Lindsay

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