"Actor: Louis Armstrong"

  • Jazz On A Summer's Day [Blu-ray] [2021]Jazz On A Summer's Day | Blu Ray | (20/09/2021) from £12.98   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    The Newport Jazz Festival was created in 1954 by Rhode Island socialites Elaine and Louis Lorillard, and it couldn't have come at a better time in history. With a few exceptions, the big band jazz scene had waned in the early 1950s and, in its place, smaller groups and solo performers took centre stage, which suited the nature of a festival perfectly, and Newport achieved immediate success. By its fifth edition, the talent lineup reflected Newport's status as one of the pre-eminent music festivals in the US. Photographer Bert Stern and director-editor Aram Avakian's film of the 1958 iteration of the festival captures many of the key performances across its four-day affair. Performers included Dinah Washington, Gerry Mulligan and Art Farmer, Chico Hamilton and Eric Dolphy, Anita O'Day, Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong and the extraordinary Mahalia Jackson, who would go on to give one of the most moving performances at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, featured in the documentary of that event, Summer of Soul. A key element of Jazz on a Summer's Day, which would come to inspire subsequent concert films, was its focus on the audience. Through cutaways interspersed throughout the performances, the filmmakers present a time capsule of the US as it edged towards the New Frontier of the Kennedy era. It was this moment the hope of change that so many jazz artists had been pushing towards. The resulting combination of performance and observation makes Jazz on a Summer's Day one of the greatest concert documentaries ever made. Extras: Audio commentary by music journalist Natalie Weiner Archival interviews with director Bert Stern

  • High Society [1956]High Society | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £4.99   |  Saving you £10.26 (275.07%)   |  RRP £13.99

    MGM's bold idea to remake George Cukor's Oscar-winning upper-class romantic farce, The Philadelphia Story, into a star-studded technicolor musical with Cole Porter tunes somehow works splendidly and remains an underrated gem. Even the plot and character names--and some bits of dialogue--all remain the same as the original. Crooning Bing Crosby replaces Cary Grant as the wealthy ex-husband trying to win back his soon-to-be-remarried ex-wife, spoiled ice queen Tracy Lord (Grace Kelly, stunning and aloof in her last film role, originated in the earlier comedy by Katherine Hepburn). Unlike Grant, however, Crosby has jazz great Louis Armstrong, playing himself, in his corner for quixotic persuasion. Frank Sinatra (cocky in James Stewart's former role) and Celeste Holm add support as the nosy reporters covering, and subsequently complicating, the upcoming wedding. Sure, High Society lacks the original's witty satire, sarcasm and character complexity; but it's assuredly paced and wonderfully acted, and contains enough romantic chemistry to keep the plot engaging. And then there's the music. Unlike the grandiose production numbers of many 40s and 50s musicals, High Society's musical sequences are considerably low-key and intimate, focusing on Porter's lyrical content and the style in which it's delivered by the charismatic performers. Armstrong kicks the film off in telling style: he sings the title track, a calypso tune outlining the plot like a Greek chorus--not as an elaborately choreographed song-and-dance number, but instead stuffed claustrophobically in the back of a limousine with his jazz band. Other musical standouts include Sinatra and Crosby playfully tossing barbs during "Well, Did You Evah?"; Crosby and Armstrong teaming up for an energetic clash of styles in "Now You Has Jazz"; the two soaring, archetypal ballads by the leads--Crosby's "I Love You, Samantha" and Sinatra's superior "You're Sensational"; and, finally, the satirical Sinatra/Holm duet, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", the closest High Society ever comes to social or class-commentary. --Dave McCoy, Amazon.com

  • Jazz On A Summer's Day [DVD] [2021]Jazz On A Summer's Day | DVD | (20/09/2021) from £12.98   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

  • Hello Dolly [1969]Hello Dolly | DVD | (18/04/2005) from £9.43   |  Saving you £3.56 (27.40%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Glittering stage numbers showcase a commanding Barbra Streisand as Dolly Levy a New York matchmaker who can find a mate for anyone. Anyone but herself that is. Determined to marry wealthy Walter Matthau she lures him out of Yonkers and sets about wooing him.

  • Paris Blues (DVD + Blu-ray)Paris Blues (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (24/10/2016) from £9.29   |  Saving you £10.70 (115.18%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Ram Bowen (Paul Newman The Hustler) and Eddie Cook (Sidney Poitier In the Heat of the Night) are jazz musicians who live for music. Their Paris is one of underground, smoke-filled Jazz bars and the rain-drenched streets of the Left Bank at night. However their carefree idyll is disturbed when two American tourists (Joanne Woodward and Diahann Carroll) enter their lives, and against the backdrop of music and moonlight, they find themselves falling in love. All too soon however, romance is put to the test, as the men find themselves torn between their love for the women, and their passion for music. Featuring the legendary Louis Armstrong as Wild Man Moore, the film's score by the incomparable Jazz musician Duke Ellington was Oscar nominated in 1962. Extras Original trailer Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film

  • Louis Armstrong - St. Louis BluesLouis Armstrong - St. Louis Blues | DVD | (21/03/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £6.99

    Track Listing: 1. Hello Dolly! 2. Muskrat Ramble 3. I'll Be Glad When You're Dead 4. Jeepers Creepers 5. Someday You'll Be Sorry 6. South Rampart Street Parade 7. When It's Sleepy Time Down South 8. On The Sunny Side Of The Street 9. Now You Has Jazz / Tiger Rag 10. St. Louis Blues 11. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen 12. I Love Jazz 13. When The Saints Go Marching In 14. Umbrella Man 15. Just Because 16. C'est Si Bon 17. Down Yoner In Louisiana

  • High Society [1956]High Society | DVD | (09/10/2006) from £9.22   |  Saving you £6.76 (108.51%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Beautiful aloof Newport heiress Tracy Lord (Kelly) is about to marry bland businessman George Kittredge (John Lund) but matters become complicated when her ex-husband C K Dexter-Haven (Crosby) moves to her neighbourhood determined to win back her hand. Things go from bad to worse for Tracy when journalist Mike Connor (Sinatra) arrives to cover the wedding for Spy Magazine. When Tracy is forced to choose between her suitors will she realise that ""safe"" doesn't always mean the best b

  • The Five Pennies [1959]The Five Pennies | DVD | (24/09/2007) from £7.99   |  Saving you £4.00 (66.78%)   |  RRP £9.99

    The musical biopic of jazz great Red Nichols features a healthy dose of melodrama along with the melodies. As the famed Dixieland cornetist he runs into opposition to his sound but breaks through to success. He marries a warm patient woman (Bel Geddes) and even finds time to raise a family. Then tragedy strikes when their daughter contracts polio. The jazzman puts down his horn to stand by her. Among the musical cameos is a hot turn by Armstrong in a duet with Kaye.

  • Good Evening Everybody [DVD]Good Evening Everybody | DVD | (01/03/2010) from £9.92   |  Saving you £4.07 (29.10%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Track Listing:1.Hello, Dolly!2.Introduction3.Rehearsal4.Pennies From Heaven5.Blueberry Hill6.New Orleans7.I Want A Little Girl8.Thanks A Million9.Way Down Yonder In New Orleans10.I'm Confessin'11.Them There Eyes12.Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen13.I'm In The Market For You14.Ain't Misbehavin'15.When It's Sleepy Time Down South16.Pennies From Heaven (Extended)17.Blueberry Hill (Extended)18.Let There Be Peace On Earth19.Come On Children, Let's Sing20.Elijah Rock21.Just A Closer Walk With Thee22.When The Saints Go Marching In23.Mack The Knife24.What A Wonderful World25.End Credits26.When It's Sleepy Down South27.Preservation Hall28.The Story Behind The Film

  • High Society / Calamity Jane [1956]High Society / Calamity Jane | DVD | (21/03/2006) from £13.48   |  Saving you £-2.49 (N/A%)   |  RRP £10.99

    High Society: Beautiful aloof Newport heiress Tracy Lord (Kelly) is about to marry bland businessman George Kittredge (John Lund) but matters become complicated when her ex-husband C K Dexter-Haven (Crosby) moves to her neighbourhood determined to win back her hand. Things go from bad to worse for Tracy when journalist Mike Connor (Sinatra) arrives to cover the wedding for Spy Magazine. When Tracy is forced to choose between her suitors will she realise that ""safe"" doesn't a

  • Jazz On A Summer's Day [1958]Jazz On A Summer's Day | DVD | (10/09/2001) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    The 1959 Newport Jazz Festival was a true musical watershed, as Jazz on a Summers Day reveals. This 75-minute film captures an event poised on the cusp of a new era, as the cool jazz of Jimmy Guiffre and the effortless scat of Anita ODay intermingle with the hard bop of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet and the smouldering fusion overtones of the Chico Hamilton Quintet. Theres a crisp contribution from Chuck Berry, a typically feel-good set from Louis Armstrong--including a hilarious duo with Jack Teagarden--and, as evening shades into night, a heartfelt performance from Mahalia Jackson, closing with a melting rendition of "The Lords Prayer". Bert Stern has assembled all these and more into a satisfying sequence, complete with footage of an enthusiastic and informal audience. Shots of the yachting line-up from the Americas Cup round out a blissful and what now seems blissfully naïve occasion. On the DVD: Colour picture quality has worn well, whereas sound has deteriorated notably at times: Thelonius Monks quarter-tones could easily be a semitone flat! Even so, its worth putting up with this to enjoy a tour through music-making whose relaxed spontaneity would be impossible to emulate today. --Richard Whitehouse

  • Jazz - A Film By Ken Burns [DVD] [2000]Jazz - A Film By Ken Burns | DVD | (02/11/2009) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £79.99

    The Complete 12 and a half hour series on 4 DVDs Jazz is an extraordinary amazing tour de force. This is what classic brilliant television looks like... The Sunday Times Over twelve and a half hours long Jazz is the critically acclaimed definitive history of Jazz music from its roots in the 19th century up to today. Produced by Ken Burns - one of America's most celebrated and respected documentary film-makers - this BBC co-production cost in excess of 000 000 and took over six years to make. Jazz features literally hundreds of rare and classic recordings and live performances from a century of Jazz music supported by exclusive interviews and rare or never before seen film clips and still photographs.

  • Billie Holiday - The Ultimate DVD CollectionBillie Holiday - The Ultimate DVD Collection | DVD | (24/10/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Universal are delighted to present the very first multi-region DVD collection dedicated to one of the great legends of jazz Billie Holiday. The DVD includes performances of ""My Man "" ""Please Don't Talk About Me Since I'm Gone "" and ""Billie's Blues"" from 1956's Stars Of Jazz previously unavailable since their original airings her film debut and four other rare TV and film performances plus full videos of Billie's biggest influences Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong. In addition the DVD includes five rare audio tracks a complete 1955 rehearsal session and a rarely heard 1956 radio interview with legendary journalist Mike Wallace. Further included is a robust timeline that allows for an interactive tour through the entire DVD linking dates from her humble birth to her star-studded funeral including interviews with musical collaborators a discography and literally hundreds of rarely viewed photos documents and posters. Film & TV Performances: 1. Saddest tale 2. The Blues are brewin' 3. Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans 4. My man (Mon homme) 5. Please don't talk about me when I'm gone 6. Billie's blues 7. Fine and mellow 8. What a little moonlight can do 9. St. Louis blues - Bessie Smith 10. I cover the waterfront - Louis Armstrong Audio Performances: 1.Swing! Brother swing! 2.They can't take that away from me 3.Do nothing till you hear from me 4.I'll get by 5.I wonder where our love has gone Audio Interviews: 1. John Hammond Shraft's Restaurant New York NY July 17 1972 2. Jo Jones Markwell Hotel New York NY July 20 1971 3. Roy Eldridge Jimmy Ryan's New York NY July 21 1971 4. Barney Josephson The Cookery New York NY December 3 1971 5. Tiny Grimes Linda Keuhl's New York NY July 21 1971 6. Billy Eckstine Musso & Frank's Hollywood CA September 8 1971 7. Jimmy Rowles Monteceito Hotel Hollywood NY August 23 1971 8. Sylvia Syms Yonkers Hospital New York NY January 20 1973 9. Corky Hale Corky Hale's New York NY November 17 1971

  • Anti-Clock (DVD + Blu-ray)Anti-Clock (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (13/08/2012) from £12.98   |  Saving you £13.00 (130.13%)   |  RRP £22.99

    Anti-Clock, Jane Arden and Jack Bond's last collaborative work, mixes pioneering video techniques with pin-sharp colour footage in order to create a densely woven, dream-like narrative which explores issues of personal identity and social conformity. Based on Jane Arden's extraordinary writings on the limitations of rational thought, this groundbreaking films has remained unseen since its last public screening in 1983 and is presented here in a new transfer from the original 16mm negative, along with a selection of never-before-seen special features.

  • A Man Called Adam [1966]A Man Called Adam | DVD | (02/02/2009) from £9.79   |  Saving you £6.20 (63.33%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Drama starring Sammy Davis Jr. as professional jazz trumpeter Adam Johnson whose self destructive habits spiral out of control following the death of his family in a car accident. Meanwhile he is also experiencing the racial prejudices latent in the music industry and these issues are brought to the fore when he meets respected older jazz musician Willie Ferguson (Louis Armstrong) and his beautiful civil rights activist grand-daughter Claudia (Cicely Tyson).

  • Paris Blues [1961]Paris Blues | DVD | (20/10/2008) from £18.88   |  Saving you £-2.89 (N/A%)   |  RRP £15.99

    A story of love and music. Two American jazz musicians are living in Paris but with the arrival of two American tourists they find their lives turned upside down.

  • Pennies From HeavenPennies From Heaven | DVD | (05/12/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Drifting along on a prayer and a song. Legendary crooner Bing Crosby sings and dances his way though this charming and delightful story of a wanderer who drifts into the lives and hearts of the residents of the small town of Middletown New Jersey. Featuring music and lyrics by Johnny Burke and Arthur Johnston including the classics ""So Do I "" ""Pennies From Heaven"" (Academy Award nominee for Best Music/Song) ""Skeleton In the Closet"" and ""Lets Call A Heart A Heart.""

  • Anti-Clock [DVD]Anti-Clock | DVD | (13/07/2009) from £16.99   |  Saving you £3.00 (17.66%)   |  RRP £19.99

    A complex and fascinating avantgarde examination of time and personality. A film of authentic startling originality brilliantly mixing cinema and video techniques Arden and Bond have created a movie that captures the anxiety and sense of danger that has infiltrated the consciousness of so many people in western society.

  • Louis Armstrong - Satchmo At His BestLouis Armstrong - Satchmo At His Best | DVD | (27/03/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £6.99

    Louis Armstrong was the greatest of all Jazz musicians; defining what it was to play Jazz. His amazing technical abilities the joy and spontaneity and amazingly quick inventive musical mind still dominate Jazz to this day. Known affectionately as 'Satchmo' his contributions to society are now measured alongside those of the greatest artists philosophers and statesmen of the modern era with his ability to generate 'top 40' hits in every generation is one of the marvels of his care

  • Louis Armstrong - Live In '59 [1959]Louis Armstrong - Live In '59 | DVD | (28/08/2006) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

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