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Jazz Is Our Religion (N/C 15)

18 March

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Drawing heavily on the photography of Val Wilmer and the poetry of Langston Hughes and Ted Joans, John Jeremy’s rarely seen Jazz is Our Religion (1972) has been described as one of the very few total jazz movies ever made. Featuring narration by Joans, Rashied Ali and Dizzy Gillespie and music by Charlie Parker, Lol Coxhill and many of the greats, Jeremy’s film brilliantly captures the essence of a musical form spanning several generations. 

The screening will be accompanied by Louis van Gasteren's short Jazz and Poetry (1964) and a reading by Jim Carruth, Glasgow's 2014 poet laureate. 

20.30 – Doors
20.45 – Introduction, supporting short film Jazz and Poetry (Louis van Gasteren, 1964) and performance by poet Jim Carruth
21.15 – Jazz Is Our Religion

Immediately following this special 35mm screening there will be a live show and party at Joytown Grand Electric Theatre, featuring award winning five piece band Ezra Collective (one of the groups pioneering the new-wave of UK jazz music - Boiler Room) and highly acclaimed jazz DJ Donna Leake (NTS, brilliant corners, London)

Film only
£8 / £6 concessions
Film + afterparty (over 18s only)£12 / £10 concessions
Party-only from 22.00
Tickets available on the door
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Jazz and Poetry

The poet Ted Joans reads his poetry with jazz musicians Piet Kuiters, Ruud Jacobs, Cees See and Herman Schoonderwalt.

Show details

  • Director Louis van Gasteren
  • Country The Netherlands
  • Year 1964
  • Duration 14 min
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Jazz is Our Religion

An emotional distillation of jazz and the jazz life expressed in pictures, music, voices and poetry, employing a stylistically freewheeling approach in order to capture the distinctive chameleon character of jazz.

Show details

  • Director John Jeremy
  • Country UK
  • Year 1972
  • Duration 50 min
  • Certification N/C 15+
  • Running time 1h30m
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