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Play Your Own Thing

A story of Jazz in Europe

Play Your Own Thing A story of Jazz in Europe


Traditional Jazz has never been associated with Europe. Miles, Dizzy and Charlie Parker stand for the great era in Jazz, but who knows Miroslav Vitous, Pierre Michelot, Krzysztof Komeda, Palle Mikkelborg, Tomasz Stanko, or René Urtreger?

Play Your Own Thing is a tribute to these champion performers, who, after World War II, were infected by the Jazz "virus" from overseas, but were able to create paths of their own. Containing myriad distinctive qualities traditional to each country and their musical heritage, they invented a totally new form of musical expression, a sort of European identity in Jazz. These artists became true musical pioneers, opening the door for the socalled European avant-garde up until today.

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  • Directed by: Julian Benedikt
  • Production date: 2007
  • Duration: 1 h 30 min
  • Production: © Benedikt Pictures / ZDF-ARTE / SFDRS / NRK / YLE
  • Available version(s): EN

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