Barbara Thompson, Sonny Rollins, Michel PetruccianiSaturday 10 November 2012
Three films are screened throughout the day that capture the personalities of three celebrated figures in the jazz world.
Barbara Thompson, Playing Against Time, 2pm
Virtuoso saxophonist and composer Barbara Thompson has been a force on the European jazz scene for over four decades. 'Playing Against Time' is a feature-length film, directed by Michael Dibb. It's an inspirational document of Barbara's extraordinary struggle with Parkinson's disease whilst maintaining her life as a creative artist.
Sonny Rollins, Beyond The Notes, 5pm
Dick Fontaine's affectionately realised documentary, built around the explosive energy of Sonny's 80th Birthday Concert in New York, makes imaginative use of archive material as well as extensive live footage to delve into the life and philosophy of an artist who single-handedly personifies the post-war evolution of jazz.
Michel Petrucciani, 8pm
Michael Radford's eloquent tribute to the unquenchable spirit and legacy of the late French pianist Michel Petrucciani who, despite suffering from a genetic disease that stunted his growth and weakened his bones, played with astounding vigor and enthusiasm. One of today's leading French pianists, Baptiste Trotignon, adds a solo tribute to a remarkable star of European jazz.
One ticket grants you entry to all three films.