Time 6:30 pm
Hot off the heels of his popular Dancing in the Dark musical clip shows at the Vancity Theatre, Vancouver film scholar Michael van den Bos hosts a red hot and blue showcase of some of the greatest jazz musicians to wail their wares in narrative movies. Michael has curated a syncopated selection of jazz performances featured in live-action movies and animated cartoons, from the beginning of the sound era through the 20th century, covering New Orleans jazz, swing, jump blues, bebop and the West Coast cool style.
Michael will discuss how the movies initially presented these jazz musicians as racial stereotypes before the development of more dignified portrayals in later years, as narratively unintegrated specialty numbers to full-length musicians’ biopics that blur fact with fiction, and placing all that projected jazz into the context of their times. Most importantly you’ll see and hear and groove to the musical masters who jazzed up the movies, with clips from Hallelujah (1929), The Old Man of the Mountain(1932), Hollywood Hotel (1937), Stage Door Canteen (1943), New Orleans (1947), The Glenn Miller Story (1953), Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955), All Night Long (1961), Round Midnight (1986), Sweet and Lowdown (1999), and other swingin’ titles!