OFFBEAT is an events-based producer connecting jazz, improv & experimental music to the world of film and the moving image.


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  • Lift to the Scaffold Screening + Live Set by Julien Alour and Q&A 30 April 2017
    Lift to the Scaffolds

    As part of the global celebrations for the International Jazz Day, we present Louis Malle’s brash and mesmerising debut, featuring Miles Davis’s legendary score. ‘Nouvelle Vague’ before such a concept truly existed, this richly atmospheric thriller of murder and mistaken identity unfolds over one restless Parisian night. A preposterous slice of noir-suspense starring Jeanne Moreau and Maurice Ronet. 
    The screening will be preceded by an exclusive live set inspired by Miles Davis’ soundtrack for the film, performed by Julien Alour in duo with a double bassist.
    Julien Alour is a Miles-influenced Paris-based trumpeter who’s at the forefront of an exciting new jazz generation in France. He is the trumpeter in renowned pianist Eric Legnini’s band.

    The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Julien Alour and jazz experts.

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  • ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT Screening + Q&A, CINE LUMIERE 11 December 2016

    News In!! We are hosting a screening of the French cult classic ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT to celebarte its 30th aniversary.

    Synopsys: Dale Turner is a fantastic saxophone player, slowly losing the battle with alcoholism, estranged from his family, and hanging on by a thread in the 1950’s New York jazz world. He gets an offer to play in Paris, where he meets a fan who wants to save him. Dale’s poignant relationship with the man and his young daughter re-kindles his spirit and his music as the end draws near.

    Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
    Music by Herbie Hancock (original music)

    Dexter Gordon
    François Cluzet

    The Screening will be preceded by a 15 mins live concert by jazz multi-instrumentalist Tony Kofi and followed by a Q&A with jazz specialists Selwyn Harris (Jazzwise Magazine) and Kevin Le Gendre (Jazzwise Magazine and BBC Radio 3)

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  • L’Assassino Screening + Jazz on Italian Cinema Vinyl Launch, Barbican 19 November 2016

    OFFBEAT Fest’s sister company, Jazz on Film Records, launches the new vinyl collection ‘Jazz in Italian Cinema’, in collaboration with Barbican and the EFG London Jazz Festival. The launch will be accompanied by the screening of newly ditally restored L’Assassino (The Assassin), Elio Petri’s 1960 cult thriller starring Marcello Mastroianni.

    Directed by Elio Petri
    Music by Piero Piccioni

    Marcello Mastroianni

    The event will be hosted by Jazzwise writer Selwyn Harris celebrating the launch of ‘Jazz in Italian Cinema’ who will discuss Piero Piccioni’s jazz score for such an iconic film.

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  • Born To Be Blue Screening + Live Music and Q&A, Rio Cinema 31 July 2016

    News in! OFFBEAT is kicking off the special screening event at the Dalston’s Rio Cinema of the new Chet Baker-based movie ‘Born to Be Blue’ (followed by a Q&A with director Robert Budreau) next Sunday, 31 July starting at 6pm with a short ‘live’ set by diversely innovative trumpeter Rory Simmons (Monocled Man/ Jamie Cullum) with double bassist Tom Mason offering their own reinterpretation of a selection of tunes from Chet Baker’s recorded legacy.

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  • Miles Ahead preview screening + Q&A and after party, RIO CINEMA & VORTEX CLUB 17 April 2016
    Don Cheadle Miles Davis

    OFFBEAT is delighted to announce its opening event will be an exclusive pre-release screening on 17 April, 3pm at the Rio Cinema, Dalston LDN of Don Cheadle’s unique new biopic Miles Ahead. Introduced by Selwyn Harris (Jazzwise/Jazz on Film Records/Offbeat) a Q&A follows the screening including guests George Cole (acclaimed Miles Davis biographer) and film critic Trevor Johnston (Sight & Sound/Time Out/Little White Lies).

    Following the screening and Q&A at 6pm we head to neighbouring jazz venue the Vortex downstairs for an afterparty and a special Miles-themed ‘live’ performance by a few of east London’s brightest young sparks on the jazz scene including local Dalston based guitarist Hannes Riepler, double bassist Oli Hayhurst plus a couple of special guests over from the Brooklyn jazz scene, the saxophonist Noah Preminger and drummer Rob Garcia.

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About us

The Connection jazz on FilmOFFBEAT  is a events-based producer connecting jazz, improv and experimental music to the world of film and the moving image. OFFBEAT is where film culture, both past and present, meets with the most  quintessentially offbeat music: jazz. Where there’s a jazz soundtrack you can guarantee what’s happening on the screen is going to be unconventional, improvisational, cool or just plain bad. From A Bout de Souffle to Alfie, from Bird to Birdman, the impact on independent-minded cinema has been huge. Through a diverse series of events, OFFBEAT looks to extend this concept to encourage a broader interaction between the worlds of creative music and the moving image in ‘live’ multimedia performance and education initiatives.

Run by Jazz on Film Records owner/jazz writer Selwyn Harris and Niccolò Cioni, OFFBEAT looks to stage events both creatively stimulating as well as enjoyable and accessible at many of the diverse venues and open-air spaces throughout London with an initial emphasis on Dalston, with its dynamic, creative diversity and pulsating jazz and experimental live music scene.


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