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"The Big Score – Jazz On The Big Screen"

  • Literary & Philosophical Society 23 Westgate Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE (map)


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"There are few great Jazz movies – but there are many movies made great by jazz."

Music historian Chris Phipps guides you through the extraordinary sounds unleashed when the giants of jazz hit the big and small screen from 'Alfie' to 'Ironside' to 'The Man with the Golden Arm' and our own 'Get Carter'.

This is a story of screen legends ranging from Brando to Sinatra to Caine, whose signature roles are inseparable from the compelling scoring of jazz composers and musicians including Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Lewis, Lalo Schifrin, Sonny Rollins – and Quincy Jones whose career has graced both cinema and television from 'The Pawnbroker' to 'Call Me Mr Tibbs'.

Beyond the incredible music there is a story of emancipation as what was dismissed as fringe race music literally went wide-screen.

Chris Phipps is a music and media historian well known to local and national radio and television audiences and his contributions range from the 'Black Sabbath – THE END' movie to Radio 4's 'Bryan Ferry's Jazz Age'. He is also the author of 'Forget Carter', the definitive account of Tyneside on screen.

Admission £2pp

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