It's Jazz, man. Also, it's Shakespeare.
All Night Long (1962) is a re-telling of Shakespeare's Othello in which Othello is Rex, the famous leader of a jazz band, Desdemona is a singer called Delia and Iago is the band's drummer, Johnny.
The film was directed by Basil Dearden and stars Patrick Mcgoohan and Richard Attenborough plus several major jazz stars of the day, including Tubby Hayes, Charles Mingus, Johnny Dankworth and Dave Brubeck.
Film & theatre composer, Gary Yershon, returns to Soho Bites to talk about the film.
Watch a trailer for All Night Long
And look at these (badly colourised) lobby cards
Our other guest is a two time finalist in the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition, Saxophonist, Tom Smith. Tom has an intriguing connection to the late Ronnie Scott and we recorded both interviews at Ronnie's famous club.
On the same day we recorded the interviews, Tom as performing at Ronnie Scott's that night with the band, Resolution 88.
During lockdown, Tom and his big band did that remote recording thing.
Watch one of Tom's performances on BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year.
Gary isn't on social media but he does have a website and you can find all of his previous visits to our three podcasts on the links below.
Soho Bites episode 22: A Touch of Class
Mural Morsels episode 9: George Melly
Kino Quickies episode 5: Say it With flowers
Kino quickies episode 12: Scrooge
And recently Gary did a series of on-stage Q&As with Mike Leigh at the Garden Cinema which you can find HERE.
Buy All NIght Long on DVD from our friends at Network On Air.
A few years after the release of All Night Long, John Dankworth (who appears in the film and his wife, Cleo Laine (who doesn't) must have caught the jazz Shakespeare bug because they released this album.
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