BBC Radio 2 are repeating this two part insightful documentary from Jamie, starting tonight at 10pm. With the second part airing on Monday 3rd February.
This documentary was original broadcast in April 2013. Tune in from 10pm at BBC Radio 2.
Jamie Cullum shares his love for jazz and the cinema. In the first of this two-part series, Jamie looks back to the earliest days of jazz on film, the struggles faced by black artists and performers and Duke Ellington’s remarkable early work ‘Symphony in Black’.
He reveals how the cartoon character Betty Boop broke down many of the racial and sexual conventions of the time before she too became a victim of the Hollywood censors. And he celebrates two of his favourite films – ‘Anatomy of a Murder’, with its perfectly judged Ellington soundtrack, and the edgy brilliance of Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless (A Bout De Souffle). Featuring the French jazz genius Martial Solal and a rarely heard archive interview with Duke Ellington himself.
Jamie Cullum shares his love for jazz and the cinema. In the second of this two-part series, Jamie celebrates the work of some of his favourite directors and meets the man behind one of his favourite films. He talks to Clint Eastwood about rebuilding the music of Charlie Parker for his biographical film ‘Bird’; and to the legendary trumpeter Terence Blanchard about working with Spike Lee and teaching Denzel Washington how to hold a trumpet properly. He talks to a film critic who loves Woody Allen films almost as much as he does and meets the man behind one of his favourite films of all time – ‘The Fabulous Baker Boys’. And, thanks to the magic of radio, he finally achieves his life-long dream of singing with Michelle Pfeiffer.