Herts Jazz FILM Festival – flyer and promo video with a rather special soundtrack

The flyers for my film festival have arrived and I’m very pleased with how they’ve turned out. A big thank you goes to Sally Stray who designed the wonderful logo, and Kay Hill who designed the leaflet as a whole.

Jazz Festival Leaflet A5

I’ve also put together a quick promo video which features a Stan Tracey Quartet backing track (with Clark Tracey’s kind permission). The track is taken from the 2009 Senior Moment CD, made when Stan was a young 82. It’s a track which Peter Bacon described at the time as:

…a catchy, Caribbean-tinged, joyful tune that could have been written by Sonny Rollins, and the saxophonist is doing nothing to dispel that thought. The pianist launches into a solo of exuberant high and low end keyboard conversation, before the saxophonist returns to work a sure-footed and nearly manic display of melodic happiness. Meanwhile the rhythm team buoys them all along, the bass solo takes the theme of enjoyment on and the drummer carries it through. And then it’s back to the head. The whole thing seems to be over in less than a minute, though it has lasted more than five. That’s what happens to time when you are having fun. The tune is Triple Celebration, and Simon Allen is on saxophone, Andy Cleyndert on bass and Clark Tracey on drums. And, of course, this whole widely beaming, overflowing with joy and good vibes thing is masterminded by our favourite grump, Stan Tracey, on piano.

I believe this was the first time the incredibly talented Simon Allen appeared on a Stan Tracey recording. Tony Hall says of Allen’s playing on this CD:

He has all the technical proficiency of his American counterparts, but sounds so much more human and emotional than most. He’s equally strong on all his horns, with his alto particularly impressive.

You can check out more about this amazing player on his website, and just check out this video!

Which reminds me a little of another star of the film festival – Buster Keaton – and his short The Playhouse, where he plays multiple characters.

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