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October 23, 2006

Calgary Library Hosts Jazz Film Fest

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian jazz music

Jazz Film Festival Runs in Calgary

Calgary plays host to to the NFB Jazz Film Festival this Saturday, Sunday & Monday, October 21, 22, 23 at the W.R. Castell Central Library ‘s as part of their Arts & Recreation Department.

The three days of films all showcase jazz musicians and their stories with day one featuring a three films profiling “Canada’s Greatest Jazz Pianists;” day two offering a pair of films based on the “Cultural Flavours of Jazz,” one focusing on the music of Cuba, and the other profiling Creole diaspora; and the third day’s roster of three films showcasing the pioneers of Canadian & American jazz, telling the stories of jazz in Toronto, a profile of pianist Linton Garner, and a film showcasing the history of jazz in New Orleans.

All films are free to the general public.

Saturday Oct 22

Canada’s greatest Jazz Pianists:

1) Oliver Jones in Africa (1990, 53 min)

Oliver Jones, one of Canada’s foremost jazz pianists, tours Nigeria with his bassist and drummer, discovering in Africa the roots of much of today’s music. Hearing and absorbing the musical sources of blues, spirituals, calypso rhythms and more, he reflects that for a Black jazz artist, a trip to Africa is a voyage home. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. John Dutton Theatre.

2) The Performer (1959, 58 min)

This 1959 documentary asks the still relevant question: Will the time come when Canadian artists don’t need to leave Canada to gain recognition? Here are straight answers to provocative questions from Canadian artists whose names are famous from Salzburg to San Francisco. Includes a rare interview at three o’clock in the morning with Canadian Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson at Boston’s Storyville club. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. John Dutton Theatre.
3) In the Key of Oscar (1992, 94 min)

This intimate portrait of pianist Oscar Peterson charts his meteoric rise from Montréal’s “boogie woogie” teenaged sensation to international celebrity as one of jazz’s virtuosos. Though recognized for their talent, Oscar Peterson and other great black jazz artists endured prejudice during their rise to fame. Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones and many more, share their memories of the harrowing experiences that they lived through in order to achieve success. 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. John Dutton Theatre

Sunday Oct 22

Cultural flavours of Jazz:

1) Maroon – On the Trail of Creoles in North America (2005, 85 min)

Louisiana’s Creole culture helped shape the New World and contributed to the emergence of jazz. But what remains of this unique, mixed-race society, with roots in France, Africa, the Caribbean, Spain and America. Maroon is a vibrant travelogue that goes back into history in order to shed light on the present. In French with English subtitles. 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. John Dutton Theatre

2) Spirits of Havana (2000, 90 min)

Join renowned soprano sax player and flautist Jane Bunnett as she travels across Cuba with trumpeter Larry Cramer, and bridges two cultures while creating some of the most joyful sounds in jazz. Global music fans will be captivated by the performances of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, a celebrated Afro-Cuban rumba group, and Desandann, a 10- member a cappella choir that sings in Haitian Creole. 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. John Dutton Theatre

Monday Oct 23

Early moments in the development of both Canadian and American Jazz:

1) Toronto Jazz (1963, 26 min)

Toronto is regarded as the third largest jazz center in North America. This film features a cross-section of jazz bands of that city: the Lenny Breau Trio, the Don Thompson Quintet and the Alf Jones Quartet. Their styles show creative selfexpression, hard work, and improvisation. 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. John Dutton Theatre

2) Linton Garner: I Never Said Goodbye (2003, 52 min)

Linton Garner was the musician’s musician. He came to the attention of the jazz world with the Fletcher Henderson orchestra in the early 1940s and went on to work as a composer, arranger and pianist with Billy Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and many others. This moving film, with its rare concert footage, is a testament to the musical genius and humanitarian spirit of a man who dedicated his life to the 20thcentury art form that changed the world. 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. John Dutton Theatre

3) Liberty Street Blues (1989, 77 min)

This vibrant film uses music to reveal the many faces of jazz–New Orleans style. Discover the musicians, street life and traditions of this colorful city, alive with the music that expresses the values and identity of the black community. 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. John Dutton Theatre

for more information visit www.calgarypubliclibrary .com/library/detailnews.aspx

NFB Jazz Film Festival
Saturday, Sunday, Monday Oct 21-23
John Dutton Theatre, W. R. Castell Central Library / Calgary

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