A first-class jazz quartet featuring musicians of the highest calibre performing live to a screening of a Buster Keaton classic silent movie.
One for all the family, young and old, jazz enthusiasts and otherwise have all thoroughly enjoyed this well produced show. The music is specifically arranged for the group, scored out and sync'd to the movie, but also features plenty of improvised solos from these great jazz musicians, which creates a cohesive work merging the two art forms into a unique experience for the audience.
Featuring: Jo Fooks – saxophone; Neil Casey – piano; Pete Ringrose – bass; Buster Birch - drums.
The film 'Steamboat Bill Jr' will be preceded by a 30-minute set of swinging jazz standards performed by this first-class quartet.
This epic Buster Keaton silent movie from 1928 was the last feature length film Keaton ever made (wrote, directed and starred in) with complete artist freedom and marks the end of his golden era.
It features the hapless young Buster trying to win the approval of his long-lost father, the rough and tough steamboat captain Bill Sr, who loses his business and liberty. A violent storm and hurricane are the backdrop for Buster’s chance to redeem himself with daring deeds of rescue and provide the opportunity for some of Keaton’s most famous scenes. Knowing it is his last roll of the dice Keaton throws everything into this movie. He builds an entire town only to destroy it. And there are many death-defying stunts, including a 2-tonne house facade falling on him, which he only survives by standing in the space of an open window.