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Cinema and music come together in an exhilarating new festival! The Herts Jazz Film Festival (HJFF) showcases a wonderful mixture of compelling films that all have a distinctly jazz flavour.
Timed to complement the Herts Jazz Club’s well-
All events will take place at CW Entertainment in Welwyn Garden City, where the Herts
Jazz Festival is held. Tickets are available online (see website above), Garden City
Cinema box office, Telephone 0300 3039 620). The full HJFF programme is:-
Friday 16th September, 6:15pm-
SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS [Alexander Mackendrick, 1957] -
Starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis in a film that Peter Bradshaw describes as “a fizzingly clever big-
Philip French describes this film as “a masterpiece, intelligent Hollywood cinema at its best” in this review:
“Sweet Smell of Success... [is] a film noir about hard-
Alexander Mackendrick, one of the two truly outstanding Ealing Studio directors... [was] known for comedies like
Elmer Bernstein wrote the bluesy score that incorporates the beguiling jazz of the Chico Hamilton Quintet.”
Saturday 17th September, 10:20am-
Two Buster Keaton short films accompanied by David Newton on piano -
Two short films from the comic genius Buster Keaton will be accompanied live by one the UK’s top jazz pianists, David Newton. He will be improvising to two of Keaton’s best short comedies NEIGHBORS  and ONE WEEK .
The ‘Great Stoneface’, Buster Keaton is widely regarded as a genius of silent film comedy. With his deadpan expression, endlessly inventive sight gags, perfect timing, and fearless stunt work, he showed that silent film could be hilarious and sophisticated.
Growing up in Scotland, Newton grew up in a household where the piano trio sound
of Peterson, Tatum, and Garner was ever-
David Newton has been voted best Jazz Pianist in the British Jazz awards for the thirteenth time in 2014 and was made a Fellow of Leeds College of Music in 2003.
Sunday 18th September, 10:10am-
TUBBY HAYES: A MAN IN A HURRY [Lee Cogswell, 2015] -
A new documentary about the great tenor player who left behind a body of work that
has both stood the test of time and proven to be an inspiration to many like-
January 30th 2015 marked what would have been the 80th birthday of Edward Brian Hayes,
known to the world of jazz as Tubby. A professional jazz musician at just fifteen,
by his untimely death at thirty-
★★★★★ ‘Engaging, affectionate documentary’ – RTE TEN
★★★★★ ‘Great film, very respectful, nice clips, a lovely tribute to the man’ – Paul Weller
★★★★ ‘Engrossing documentary’ – GQ Magazine (online)
★★★★ ‘Impressively researched & highly engaging’ – The Wire magazine (print)
★★★ ‘Thorough, remorseless, & professional by good filmmakers’-
★★★ ‘Fascinating portrait’ – MOJO magazine (print)
★★★ ‘A little giant of a movie..’ – Jazzwise magazine (print)
Sunday 2nd October, 7:30pm-
Gala evening dedicated to Stan Tracey -
This legend of jazz will be celebrated in a very special evening of film and music.
There will be a rare screening of the documentary STAN TRACEY: THE GODFATHER OF BRITISH
JAZZ by eminent British director John Akomfrah. This will be followed by a live performance
by the all-
With its rich sound design and sumptuous digital cinematography, STAN TRACEY: THE GODFATHER OF BRITISH JAZZ is an intimate profile of a pianist and composer widely regarded as Britain's greatest jazz musician. Stan’s piano playing combined the percussive melody of Thelonious Monk with the robust lyricism of Ellington in a highly idiosyncratic style. A master of harmony, he possessed a potent and compelling improviser’s intellect.
Through his unflinching commitment and dedication he sustained an output of exceptional, highly influential and stimulating music, not only to his peers, but to each successive generation of musicians with whom he worked. Throughout his career he was a prolific composer, writing over twenty commissions and the music for forty of his own albums. His first major work Under Milk Wood, inspired by Dylan Thomas’ radio play of the same title, is widely recognised as a masterpiece.
Stan was patron of the Herts Jazz Club from 2011 until he sadly passed away in 2013.
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