A Great Day in Harlem, Royal Spa Centre, Leamington, Sunday, July 7 only, 7:30pm
Music promoters “In the Moment” present another of their summer Film and Jazz events .
The screening, introduced by Matthew Wright, features Jean Bach’s documentary about the shooting of the late Art Kane’s iconic photograph of many of the jazz greats in New York in 1958.
The image, “A Great Day in Harlem” was commissioned for a piece in Esquire, Kane’s first assignment for the magazine. Just about every available jazz musician of the period is in the photo, including Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Mingus.
It took place in front of a brownstone near 125th street and has been referenced in similar shoots all around the world, including in Leamington (this image will be on display at the venue).
The one hour documentary has interviews of many of the musicians in the photograph who talk about their experience of day, and also includes footage taken that day by Bass player Milt Hinton and his wife. The film is followed by live jazz in the upstairs balcony bar and follows the format used in the previous three events that “In the Moment” has staged at the Spa Centre.
The Bruce Adams Quartet will be playing some of the standards related to the musicians featured in the movie. Bruce (pictured right) is a trumpeter of great renown and also a witty and affable front man. His wealth of anecdotes, jokes and observations belie his music credentials. He takes his playing very seriously.
At the age of 14 he won Opportunitty Knocks for those of you who remember that show. Bruce has worked as a soloist with both the Scottish Radio Orchestra and the BBC Big Band. He has worked extensively on cruise liners, in dance halls, music halls, and even worked in support of comedy legends like, Tony Hancock and Freddie Starr. He has been a regular jazz poll winner and with his spectacular range and power has been much in demand as a jazz trumpeter.
Ably accompanied John Patrick on Piano, Adrian Litvinoff on Bass and Tom Voce on drum, the quartet have the props to play in the hallowed company of their screen idols.
Doors open at 7:00pm for the screening to begin at 7:30. Tickets are £11 in advance from HTTPS://TINYURL.COM/YYLLSHYG, or £13 on the door.