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Bird & Jazz performance


Ticket prices: £9.00 full / £6.50 concessions / £4.50 24 and under
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Forest Whitaker gives a tour de force performance (which earned him Cannes’ Best Actor award) as jazz visionary Charlie “Bird” Parker, bringing out all the triumphs and tragic dimensions of Parker’s life to the screen from the agony of addiction to the ecstacy of music-driven redemption.

Arguably the best cinematic jazz biography ever made (its director Clint Eastwood is a devoted fan), this love letter to the genre shows the legendary saxophonist on stage, where Whitaker is flawless, and the drug addict that couldn’t break out of his own head and whose shyness clashed with a jolting popularity and unparalleled artistic vision. Diane Venora is a miracle also has Parker’s long-suffering ‘wife’ (he never bothered to get divorced from a teen marriage) Chan, and the music is, of course, a dream.

Get into the jazz mood and join us in the Café/Bar before the film from 22:00 – 23:00 for an intimate solo performance by saxophonist Camilla George, known for her collaborations with Tomorrow’s Warriors, Nu Civilisation Orchestra and Jazz Jamaica. It promises to be a fitting accompaniment to Bird for both newcomers and aficionados.

Presented by Come the Revolution in partnership with Ujima Radio as part of

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These events are supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery.

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