STINGRAY DJAZZ PRESENTS : DOCUMENTARIES
JUNE 12 & 19 AT 21:00 CEST
The saxophone plays a pivotal role in the history of jazz. It could be even said that the history of the music was written by the sounds of the instrument, as it always played the most prominent roles on pretty much all of the most famous jazz records. Despite many of the instrument’s practitioners, two stand above all: Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Both musicians developed unique voices, and while Parker’s style changed the entire course of the music, it is Coltrane who probably had the most influence on today’s jazz musicians. Stingray DJAZZ invites you to watch the stories of both of these musicians: on June 12 at 21:00 CEST watch the documentary on Charlie Parker, while on June 19 at 21:00 CEST experience the documentary on John Coltrane.
Celebrating Bird: Charlie Parker
SATURDAY, JUNE 12 AT 21:00 CEST
Virtuoso saxophonist Charlie Parker – nicknamed Bird – was one of the great legends in American music. He created a new style of jazz and won equal fame as the king of the hipsters before his untimely death at 34. Celebrating Bird includes Parker's only surviving TV appearance, performing Hot House with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Celebrating Bird offers a revealing look at an enigmatic, endlessly appealing man, who soared to the heights of creative freedom but couldn't beat a lifelong addiction to heroin. Colleagues Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Haynes, Jay McShann, Frank Morgan, Chan Parker and others offer first-hand commentary.
The World According to John Coltrane
SATURDAY, JUNE 19 AT 21:00 CEST
John Coltrane was the most innovative and influential jazz musician of the 1960s. The World According to John Coltrane, the only authorized documentary about him, shows that he was the pivotal musician of the mid-twentieth century. Coltrane was the first music master with a global perspective. The World According to John Coltrane captures a musical meeting between Art Ensemble of Chicago saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell and dervish musicians in Morocco's Eastern Sahara desert filmed in 1990. This documentary, narrated by David Smyrl, includes musical performances and interviews with colleagues and relatives including Wayne Shorter, Alice Coltrane, Rashied Ali, Tommy Flanagan, La Monte Young and special guest artist Roscoe Mitchell performing with members of the Aissaoua brotherhood. It was filmed in Ouarzazate, Morocco, and New York City, USA.