Jazz gems warm up to Copenhagen Jazz festival

Warming up to Copenhagen Jazz Festival (3-12 July 2009), Europe's biggest jazz event, the Cinematheque includes screenings of concert and biographical films in its June programme, with a final three jazz gems screening this coming weekend.

"Art Pepper: Notes on a Jazz Survivor"(Don McGlynn, 1982), Sunday 28 June, 18:45

A portrait film of American alto saxophonist Art Pepper, who played with Stan Keaton for a time and was influenced by Charlie Parker and Lee Konitz. He developed his own unique style and experienced an extraordinary comeback late in life. This film captures Pepper's life in stunning images and a wealth of music.

"Lady Sings the Blues" (Sidney J. Furie, 1972), Saturday 27 June, 19:15

When word got out that Motown singer Diana Ross was to play Billie Holiday, this was met by skepticism on the jazz scene but later brought to shame, when Ross was lauded for her magnificent and heart rending performance as Lady Day, for which she received an Oscar nomination.

"Let's Get Lost" (Bruce Weber, 1988), Sunday 28 June, 14:15

In this Oscar-nominated documentary, "Let's Get Lost", Chet Baker, once described as a cross between James Dean and Jack Kerouac, is seen as the young and handsome Chet, and then as the worn-mellow-by-age musician. The film includes interviews with Baker's ex-wives and children.

Russian silent film accompanied by top Danish musicians, Tuesday 30 June, 19:30

A duo of Danish jazz musicians, veteran bass-player Hugo Rasmussen and tenor saxophonist Jakob Dinesen, will accompany the screening of Russian silent film "Kiss Mary Pickford"/"Potseluy Meri Pikford" (Sergej Komarov, 1927). This event has been arranged in collaboration with Copenhagen JazzHouse.