Select a currency:  

Film / Cinema > Australian Cinema

Dr Jazz

Contemporary Jazz bands at the Strawberry Hills Hotel in Sydney in the mid-1990s

> Create estimates - add to wishlist
> Pay by Credit Card, PayPal
> Submit Purchase Order (approved institutes only)

Dr Jazz


License

DVD Price $125
Streaming Price (1 year) $125
Streaming Price (1 year) + DVD $188
Streaming Price (3 years) $300
Streaming Price (3 years) + DVD $363

  View Basket  

view wishlist
  • Description / Preview
  • About the Artist
  • Availability

 

Painter/photographer/filmmaker David Perry immersed himself in Sydney's vibrant jazz scene and came out drenched in musical flavour and improvisation. Interviews with prominent Sydney jazz players including Bernie McGann, Mike Nock and Tony Gorman, as well as jazz authority John Clare, draw together what are often mistaken as disparate parts of an unorganised whole.

With live sets recorded at the Strawberry Hills Hotel, Perry gives definition to a scene which is fluid and flexible. The exploration of improvisational music and musicians is counterpointed with Perry's own personal reflections about improvisation in jazz, and its connections with the creative practise of painting, drawing and filmmaking.

DrJazz takes on a sense of urgency given the closing last year of the Strawberry Hills Hotel – the definitive jazz venue which abandoned music for poker machines. The closure lends bitter historical importance to the final performances there by the McGann Trio and Clarion Fracture Zone. More broadly, it signifies the life of jazz beyond, and often in spite of, whatever social forces fall in its path. Its endurance makes Dr Jazz an important document of a few key steps in that path.

"Jazz is like communism without the purges. It's the kind of music that leaves you open." – David Perry


David Perry was born in 1933 and has been making personal and experimental film and video works since the 1950s. Throughout the 60s he worked as a cinematographer and editor before commencing to teach film courses. Perry's credits include The Refracting Glasses and Some Techniques in the Films of Paul Winkler, both of which he wrote, directed and edited.

David Perry is unique among Australian artists in that he is equally competent in making paintings, drawings, prints, posters, photographs, films and videotapes.  In work encompassing more than half a century, he has demonstrated his proficiency in these media, with his art exhibited in international film and video festivals and leading art galleries.  To some extent, this versatility has counted against him, since he has been unclassifiable, a hybrid for which there is no name, other than multimedia artist, though this has come to mean someone who combines mediums, which David rarely does.

This item is available worldwide.
2-3 days

Similar Titles in Australian Cinema

Choose a subject area below