There’s more than just music at this year’s Glasgow Jazz Festival: there’s a season of jazz-related films, and a couple of poetry events.
The first two films are on at the Glasgow Film Theatre this weekend.
At 1.45pm on Saturday 25th, you can see Jazz on a Summer’s Day, a film of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival which includes performances by Thelonious Monk, Jimmy Guiffre, Anita O’Day, Louis Armstrong and many others.
On Monday 27th at 6pm, there’s Jacques Demy’s musical Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, which stars Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorléac and Gene Kelly, and features a soundtrack by Michel Legrand who is appearing at the Jazz Festival on Saturday 2nd July.
Both these performances are at the GFT’s usual prices. But there are some films on at the Club Rooms in the City Halls during the Jazz Festival which are absolutely free.
On Wednesday 29th at 2pm, there’s All Night Long, a thriller described as “a jazz version of Othello”, which stars Richard Attenborough and Patrick McGoohan plus performances by Charles Mingus, Tubby Hayes and Dave Brubeck.
On Friday 1st at 7.30pm, there’s Mickey One, directed by Arthur Penn, starring Warren Beatty, and with a soundtrack featuring Stan Getz as soloist in a score by Eddie Sauter.
Finally, at 7.30pm on Saturday 2nd, there’s I Want to Live, with a soundtrack by Johnny Mandel performed by Gerry Mulligan.
These last two films are both accompanied by vintage shorts which between them include performances by Bessie Smith, James P Johnson, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday.
The film season is curated by Alison Kerr, who’ll be talking about jazz and film with BBC Scotland’s art correspondent Pauline McLean on Thursday 30th. You can find out much more about the films on her blog, Jazz Matters: there’s one article on the GFT films, and another on the City Halls films.
Glasgow Jazz Festival has commissioned new work to celebrate 25 years of the festival from twenty of Glasgow’s leading poets. You can hear the results at an event staged in conjunction with St Mungo’s Mirrorball (great name!), the Glasgow Poet’s Network at the City Halls Club Room at 7.30pm on Wednesday 29th.
On Saturday 2nd, Tommy Smith will be putting down his saxophone to give a recital of poems from the late Edwin Morgan’s collection “Beasts of Scotland”, which inspired Smith’s album of the same name. Once again, this is in the City Halls Club Room, and it starts at 2pm.