Spring 2016 offers jazz fans some great choices for famous trumpet player movies. I reported earlier on the Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, starring Don Cheadle which opens April 1st in limited theaters (NY/LA). I am invited to attend the advance screening earlier in New York City as an IndieGoGo contributor but I have a schedule conflict that night darn it all.
I was just informed by the 92nd Street Y that Ethan Hawke will be appearing there with his new film about Chet Baker, Born to Be Blue on March 17th. He will conduct an interview after the screening. How cool is that 😉
Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf: Preview of “Born to Be Blue” and Conversation with Ethan Hawke
Date: Thu, Mar 17, 2016, 8 pm
Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St
Venue: Kaufmann Concert Hall
Price: from $32.00
Ethan Hawke stars as Chet Baker in this remarkably creative reimagining of the legendary jazz trumpeter’s struggle to overcome his drug addiction and stage a comeback.
Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty, the definitive, feature-length documentary by acclaimed Lemmy co-director and producer, Greg Olliver, will be available worldwide on March 4, 2016, on DVD and iTunes. The package will feature never-before-seen photos and bonus footage, including extended interviews and his final studio performance, a solo resonator version of the Son House classic, ‘Death Letter.’
Produced independently through Secret Weapon Films in NYC, director Greg Olliver was welcomed into the Johnny Winter family during the final two years of Johnny s life, capturing the making of his Grammy-winning Step Back (Best Blues Album, 2015), and traveling the world from Beaumont to Hong Kong. Winter continued to perform over 200 sold out shows a year until his death on tour in Switzerland in 2014.
The film also features Clive Davis, Edgar Winter, James Cotton, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Luther Nallie, Joe Perry, Tommy Shannon, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and more.
I am excited that the new Bill Murray film, Rock the Kasbah, will release to movie theatres on October 23rd. My interest has built since I first saw the trailer. According to Bill Murray he modeled his role on two legendary concert promoters, Ron Delsener and the late Bill Graham.
I met Ron Delsener at the last King Crimson concert, July 1, 1974 at the Schaeffer Music Festival in Central Park. He was very personable with me that day. I still have his business card he gave me as we discussed the possibility of a future interview (never materialized, unfortunately).
I have noticed that the movie hasn’t been getting great reviews but I don’t base my movie choice primarily on what the movie critics report.
Here’s the trailer:
Looking forward to seeing this film.
This is how we do it 😉
Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment are thrilled to bring legendary rock band, the Grateful Dead, back to the big screen for the fifth annual Meet-Up at the Movies on Monday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. (local time).
This year’s can’t-miss Meet-Up features the previously unreleased last-ever Grateful Dead show at Alpine Valley on July 19, 1989. Recorded from the analog master multi-camera video from the famous concert venue in East Troy, Wisconsin, this exclusive cinema event captures the peak of the band’s energy and chemistry on stage and features favorites including Sugaree, Box Of Rain, Terrapin Station, Morning Dew, and more!
Join your friends and fellow fans for this Grateful gathering in cinemas Monday, May 4 only.