This year, the Preston Jazz and Improvisation Festival is having a 'Day of Django' to celebrate the first festival screening of Etienne Comar's great film Django (2017), a semi-fictional portrayal of Django's adventures in Nazi-occupied France including cameos from some of the great players today plus a stunning soundtrack from Stochelo Rosenberg. The film will be shown at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, starting at 6.30 with a special talk by Professor Stuart Hampton-Reeves followed by the screening at 7pm. Tickets are £10 and are on sale now at prestonjazzfest.co.uk
To celebrate the day, we also have two free concerts. Before the film, young guitar duo Lewis and Day will entertain those looking for an early dinner and after the film, Baltimore player Michael Joseph Harris and Parisian legend Daniel John Martin will play a special set of Django tunes and original compositions inspired by Django's life. There will also be a late night jam for all players. These gigs are free.
The Festival is sponsored by the Arts Council and the University of Central Lancashire.