EDITOR’S CHOICE: A HISTORY OF EUROPEAN JAZZ

SEPTEMBER 28 AT 21:00 CEST

Although some critics and historians tried segmenting American jazz based on geographic location (e.g. New Orleans or Chicago style, Kansas City jazz, East and West Coast jazz), to this day jazz represents the cultural product of the whole country, not the sum of its individual parts. However, cultural differences play a far more important role in Europe and its version of the genre: the jazz of Sweden, Norway, Poland, and France differ far more from each other than those of the different cities and regions of North America. The beautiful documentary ‘Play Your Own Thing: A Story of Jazz in Europe’ portrays those differences, airing on Stingray DJAZZ on Saturday, September 28 at 21:00 CEST.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT 21:00 CEST | PLAY YOUR OWN THING: A STORY OF JAZZ IN EUROPE

Traditional Jazz has never been associated with Europe. Miles, Dizzy and Charlie Parker stand for the great era in Jazz, but who knows Miroslav Vitous, Pierre Michelot, Krzysztof Komeda, Palle Mikkelborg, Tomasz Stanko, or René Urtreger? „Play Your Own Thing“ is a tribute to these champion performers, who, after World War II, were infected by the Jazz „virus“ from overseas, but were able to create paths of their own. Containing myriad distinctive qualities traditional to each country and their musical heritage, they invented a totally new form of musical expression, a sort of European identity in Jazz. These artists became true musical pioneers, opening the door for the so-called European avant-garde up until today. „Play Your Own Thing“ traces back through the encounters and musical interchanges of cultures, which are different, but have always nourished each other. The film describes musically, visually and spiritually the development of Jazz in Europe with its emancipation and expertise, its freedom and individualism, the development of numerous styles and variations, the specifically European influences. It is influenced by the history of mind, mentality, politics, but also by shades of light and native music – a triumph of Individualism, a thing by itself.