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An unmissable special screening of the 1964 French New Wave jazz musical classic Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) with an exclusive 'live' jazz performance will take place next Sunday 2 July at the Cine Lumiere in Kensington. The film will be preceded by a 'live' set by the highly acclaimed London-based contemporary jazz singer Brigitte Beraha alongside her regular duo partner, the pianist John Turville. Beraha will offer her own unique interpretation of the Michel Legrand soundtrack, which will feature jazz standards such as 'I Will Wait for You' and 'Watch What Happens'. Those readers who have followed Beraha's recording career to date might already know that she also sings in the French language, having spent her childhood in Monaco.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A chaired by the International Sight & Sound film magazine journalist Michael Brooke with Brigitte Beraha and Jazzwise writer and Jazz on Film Records Selwyn Harris on the panel.

A visually intoxicating cinematic masterpiece starring Catherine Deneuve (pictured), Demy's popular musical opera featuring the legendary jazz pianist Michel Legrand's memorable soundtrack won the 1964 Palme d'Or in Cannes and was nominated for an Oscar. The film also celebrates Michel Legrand's 85th birthday as he arrives for a special performance at the Sevenoaks Jazz Festival on 6 July. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg was one of the key inspirations behind the jazz-loving film director Damien Chazelle's Oscar-winning La La Land, as featured in Jazzwise's Jazz on Film column in May 2017.

The event kicks off with live music at 4.20pm and is produced by Offbeat, a 'Jazz on Film' event's organiser that previously run the recent screening events for Round Midnight and Lift to the Scaffold in conjunction with the Cine Lumiere.

– Mike Flynn

For more info and tickets visit www.institut-francais.org.uk

It's been four years since Sonny Rollins, 86, last took to the stage, but the Newk remains as newsworthy as ever. Last month it was announced that the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, in his birthplace of Harlem, had purchased Rollins' extensive archives, featuring unreleased material from the 1970s and 1980s and reams of reams of notes. A special tribute concert at this year's Monterey Jazz Festival will feature his great peer and sometime collaborator Jimmy Heath, along with Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis and Joshua Redman.

Earlier this year, New York native Jeff Caltabiano launched a campaign to rename the Williamsburg Bridge, connecting Manhattan's Lower East Side with Brooklyn, in Rollins' honour. The saxophonist famously used the crossing as an impromptu rehearsal space during his three-year sabbatical before his 1962 comeback album called, of course, The Bridge.

The man himself has yet to come out in support of the move, but various boldface names in the contemporary US jazz scene have got behind the campaign, including Robert Glasper, Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, Matt Wilson and Rudresh Mahanthappa. New York already has a Duke Ellington Boulevard and Miles Davis Way, and Caltabiano is confident that he can now add to the city's civic tributes. "I strongly believe it's not a question of if but when. The thousands of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists that cross the bridge each day should know that they're crossing Sonny Rollins' bridge, a sacred space in music history."

Proposals are set to be presented to New York City Council later this year, which will then need to be approved by the mayor, Bill de Blasio, rumoured to be a big Clash and Bob Marley fan, though no word on any jazz leanings.

"The renaming is the highest priority, but ultimately we'd also love to also have a statue of Sonny on the bridge playing to the 'open sky'," says Caltabiano. "It's a long process and a lot of work, but if Sonny Rollins has taught us anything it's that it takes a lot of hard work to get where you want to be."

– Matt Barker

Ahead of the start next week of the fifth edition of the Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Bandstand programmer Eddie Myer previews the exciting emerging artists who'll be performing across the weekend

This year's Love Supreme line-up is the festival's most exciting and eclectic yet, with the trademark mix of big name headliners, led this year by the mighty George Benson and soul-jazz vocal star Gregory Porter, and more esoteric jazz acts, augmented for the first time this year by a new Jazz In The Round stage offering late-night sets from a range of intriguing UK performers. The Bandstand Stage was described in Jazzwise as "the jazz conscience of the Festival", and it's become a central component in maintaining this musical diversity, creating a platform for a rich mix of local talent and up-and-coming UK artists, and this year it's matching the headline stages in its eclectic appeal.

Programmed by New Generation Jazz, the ACE funded new artists project run by Jack Kendon and myself at Brighton's Verdict club, it features several of the acts who've appeared as part of the New Gen roster – precocious teen trio Zeñel (top right), sax virtuoso Alex Hitchcock (top left), and fusioneers Cesca are all young talents to watch out for in 2018, while Jake Long's Maisha are set to open the Arena Stage on Saturday.

Representing the tradition are Bobby Wellins' longtime bassist Adrian Kendon and piano master John Donaldson, who brings his tribute to Bheki Mseleku to Sunday's line-up, alongside Terry Pack's epically outsized Trees Big Band and George Trebar's cinematic Nighthawks project. New Generation are also presenting Friday's roster on the Arena stage – among them, local supertrio Howes3, crossover stars Jam Experiment and Tru Thoughts signed Afrofunksters Lakuta (above centre). Add in blues from King Size Slim, New Orleans joy from The Old Jelly Rollers, classic swing vocals from Sara Oschlag, big band vibes from Seven, Kaiyote-style nu-soul from Pocket Dragon, the Neon Saints marching band, and NY-based piano prodigy Dave Drake, and you've got a weekend of musical delights waiting to be discovered.

– Eddie Myer

For the full festival line-up and tickets visit www.lovesupremefestival.com

The fourth edition of the Ronnie Scott's International Piano Trio Festival 2017 runs from 21 to 26 August with a plethora of pianistic talent from home and abroad, across opening, main and late show sets each night. Kicking off with a 'Pianothon' featuring four of the UK's finest players, including Andrea Vicari, James Pearson, Lyle Barton and Gary Husband, all leading their trios before combining for a collective blues piano bash (21 Aug). Prodigious Cuban pianist Marialy Pacheco's Trio (below) kick off the following night with her latin-jazz meets classical style, while the main show (the first of two nights) features Amsterdam's technically dazzling, wryly witty Tin Men and the Telephone (above), whose stylistic mash-ups are amplified with their extraordinary use of their own custom smart-phone app and a large video screen, which allows the audience to interact with the group's live performance, for a unique high-wire improv experience (22 Aug). Recent winners of the Bremen Jazz Award, Trio Elf, open the following night with their buzz-generating blend of freely flowing improv, hip hop and drum'n'bass ahead of Tin Men's second show (23 Aug).

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Dutch pianist Peter Beets and his Trio open the following night with his acclaimed 'Chopin Meets the Blues' set, which joins the dots between the composer's love of chromaticism and 'blue' notes and improvisation. This is also the first night of two headline appearances (24-25 Aug) by Nordic piano prince Tord Gustavsen (below) and his trio of bassist Sigurd Hole and drummer Jarle Vespestad, who draw on the pianist's many huge-selling ECM albums, for a very rare club showing from the band. The second night's opening set will feature London-based Cygnus Flare, led by Armenian pianist Arman Vardanyan with bassist David Horler and drummer Caroline Scott, playing nimble-fingered originals inspired by Tigran and the Chick Corea Elektric Band.

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The final double bill of the week (26 Aug) features an opening set from Swedish pianist Jacob Karlzon, who brings both contemplative Scandinavian moods and bristling technicality to the club, while it's US pianist Eric Lewis, aka ELEW, who tops the bill with his powerful 'rockjazz' project, which sees him reinterpreting material by Radiohead and Nirvana, spiked with jazz improv and no shortage of showmanship. The week will be completed by a series of Late Show sets yet to be announced.

– Mike Flynn

For full details visit www.ronniescotts.co.uk

Following the success of the inaugural Blue Note at Sea cruise which took place earlier this year, dates have just been announced for the 2018 cruise which will sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 27 January to 3 February featuring a world class roster of jazz names, including headliners Marcus Miller (above), Chick Corea, Charles Lloyd and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Blue Note at Sea was conceived as a 'nautical musical collaboration' between the Blue Note record label, Blue Note Jazz Clubs and Entertainment Cruise Productions, who have been producing jazz cruises for 17 years: a combination that Blue Note President and record producer Don Was called, "the dream team of jazz at sea." The 2018 event on board the Celebrity Summit cruise ship will depart from Ft. Lauderdale and sail around the Caribbean Islands, stopping off at Labadee in Haiti; St Thomas in the Virgin Islands; San Juan island and Coco Cay in the Bahamas, with full opportunities to visit each destination.

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The host and musical director once again will be Marcus Miller who will also perform, and artists booked so far include Chick Corea, Charles Lloyd and The Marvels featuring Bill Frisell, Dee Dee Bridgewater and her band, David Sanborn (above) with the house band featuring Wycliffe Gordon, Geoff Keezer, Ben Williams and Billy Kilson, Hammond organ king-pin Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lalah Hathaway and her band, singer Leslie Odom Jr. and Robert Glasper, who will also be appearing with the Blue Note All Stars, including Ambrose Akinmusire, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland, Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott. Performances will take place each afternoon and evening in the ship's main theatre, the open-air stage, late night shows and jam sessions in the Blue Note jazz club and shows at other intimate venues throughout the ship.

In addition, Don Was will introduce many events and, alongside Marcus Miller, will host interview sessions with a number of the main performers, while Steve Bensusan of Blue Note Jazz Clubs will host the club's late night performances and comedian Alonzo Bodden will bring his hilarious and highly topical show to the ship's Main Lounge. The organisers point out that the Blue Note cruise is more than a series of jazz concerts at sea and will give guests a unique opportunity to see the musicians play in relaxed informal settings, and provide opportunities to meet and hang with them when available throughout the week. Entertainment Cruise Productions have come up with an exclusive package of special offers for Jazzwise readers on the Blue Note at Sea cruise, as well as ECP's other event, Jazz Cruise: All our Jazz and a Taste of New Orleans, which runs from Fort Lauderdale from 3-10 February.

– Jon Newey

Visit www.bluenoteatsea.com/jazzwise for booking details including prices inclusive of top quality dining, all concerts, itineraries, services and special offers, together with photo galleries of the previous cruise.

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