To celebrate Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival 40th anniversary, the festival teams up with local film collective Cinemaattic for Two Special Nights on Jazz and Films. ?? ? ? The Spanish punks change the attic space for Teviot Row basement, bringing animated, documentary and fiction Jazz-related films together for two Jazz-themed screenings. UPDATE! Both Cinemaattic Film & Jazz Evenings (Saturday 21 and Sunday 22) will include the live performance of one of our favorite local bluesmen. We managed to persuade ‘The Manolettes‘ to join us for these special evenings.
Night 1 | Jazz & Short Films
Films that capture the panic before auditioning at the famous Apollo Theatre, an animated radiography into Woody Allen’s preoccupations and the funny happenings in a post-concert awkward reception are part of the short-film programme. Documentary films bringing the traditional sounds of Mali and Burkina Faso and short docs on Jazz maestros also complete a tailored selection to celebrate the festival’s 40th edition.
Well trained on the ancient craft of improvisation, Cinemaattic collective brings a unique collection of international short films to celebrate 40 years of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.
Pencil doon folks,
Saturday 21st July at Teviot Row Basement, from 6.30pm
Free Entrance, Limited seats available, Age Rate: 15+
Night 2 | Chico y Rita
Edinburgh Spanish punk collective Cinemaattic bring probably one of the greatest films ever made about Latin Jazz and Cuba music scene.
Escape to sunny Havana with the colourful, warm and toe-tapping animated film Chico & Rita. Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque, Calle 54) has teamed up with long-time friend, designer Javier Mariscal, to create a fictional tale of enduring love against the backdrop of the real-life Cuban and New York jazz scene of the late 1940s and 50s.
Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unite them, but their journey in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero brings heartache and torment. Like Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist, Chico & Rita is extraordinarily evocative, using colour and rhythm to create a real sense of time and place. From sexy, sultry Havana to the grey streets of New York to the bright lights of Las Vegas, Hollywood, and Paris, this film is a true kaleidoscope, and all the better for it.
With an original soundtrack by legendary Cuban pianist, bandleader and composer Bebo Valdés, Chico & Rita captures a definitive moment in the evolution of jazz. The film features music by legends Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie, and Freddy Cole (brother of Nat King).
This screening is proudly supported by Spanish Embassy in UK and AECID Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
UPDATE! Both Cinemaattic Film & Jazz Evenings (Saturday 21 and Sunday 22) will include the live performance of one of our favorite local bluesmen. We managed to persuade ‘The Manolettes‘ to join us for these special evenings.
The Manolettes! Blues to the bone. A full set one man band -guitar, drums, harmonica, voice- featuring tunes by the legends Howlin Wolf, Muddy Watters, Little Walter, Louis Jordan as https://www.facebook.com/the.manolettes/well as originals. Following the footsteps of artists well known to the festival such as Ben Prestage or Mike Whellans, this time performing songs that you can hear on Woody Allen’s soundtracks or the film Chico and Rita.
Pencil doon folks,
Sunday 22 July 6pm at Teviot Row (Basement)
Free Entrance but limited seats available, Age Rate: 15+