||COALS TO NEWCASTLE (76')
GENRE: DOCUMENTARY / MUSIC
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Leeds, UK ? the birthplace of funk? Not quite, but
the home town of the rising funk-jazz phenomenon, The New
By offering the first Jazz degree in Europe, Leeds College
of Music attracted scores of talented musicians to this
Northern former industrial hub to master forms of music
that had been seeping in on vinyl carried by cargo ships
from across the Atlantic for decades. A thriving live
music scene soon developed in Leeds, and many of these
young musicians embraced American funk and soul from the
60?s and 70?s.
Now, England's finest funk jazz band journeys from Leeds
birthplace of funk, for 3 performances that coincide with
the 2007 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Unsure
about bringing sand to the beach (or ?Coals to Newcastle?
as they say in Britain), The New Mastersounds try bringing
their brand of funk to New Orleans.
With sit-ins and commentary from several New Orleans
master musicians, ?Coals to Newcastle,? offers viewers a
look into the lives of 5 Britons that have been influenced
by a uniquely American art form, and a glimpse at the city
that started it all as it struggles to retain its culture
after Katrina?s devastation.