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JazzTimes 10: Jazz on Film

Ten great examples of what happens when jazz goes to the movies—and the movies go to jazz

2. All Night Long (1962)
A British picture, featuring Patrick McGoohan—later to star in The Prisoner—and directed by Basil Dearden. Most Americans don’t know Dearden, but he made progressive films that were way ahead of their time, looking at homosexuality, modes of abuse, addictions, and guilt at the Dostoevsky level. He had real movie chops, a nice way with a viewfinder, and original shot compositions. Basic plot: A musician and his retired singer wife have to deal with an ambitious drummer who wants to start his own band and needs the wife to un-retire. She says no beans, brother, which makes him try to bust up the couple with allegations of an affair. The title is a reference to late-night jam sessions. You get a new Dave Brubeck take on “It’s a Raggy Waltz,” which has that nice, Dearden-esque mélange of the classy and the raddled. High class, low class, delightful jazz-movie class.

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Colin Fleming

Colin Fleming writes fiction and nonfiction on myriad topics—art, film, music, sports, literature—for a wide range of publications. He also talks regularly on the radio for the likes of NPR and Downtown with Rich Kimball. His most recent book, Buried on the Beaches: Cape Stories for Hooked Hearts and Driftwood Souls (Tailwinds), was published in 2019, with an entry in Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series on Sam Cooke’s Live at the Harlem Square Club to follow in 2020. Find him on the web at (where you’ll also find his unique online journal, the Many Moments More blog) and on Twitter @colinfleminglit. He lives in Boston and has contributed to JazzTimes since 2006.