An explosive 1930s drama following a jazz band in London at a time of huge change.
This hour-long drama is a series of interviews undertaken by Stanley for his Music Express magazine. They take place at the peak of fame for the Louis Lester band and Louis, Jessie and Carla give an insight into their thoughts about fame as well as their personal stories. The interviews are intercut with footage of the band playing, whilst Stanley's voiceover gives his inner thoughts on the characters. Louis and Stanley remember the First World War, in which Louis's father fought. Louis talks about what it is like to be a black musician in London, and they discuss the band's exotic attraction to the aristocracy. Stanley talks to Carla and Jessie, who open up about their upbringings and their feelings on becoming famous. And Louis describes a chilling story about a female fan, when what started as a prank phone call became something much more sinister.
An explosive drama set in the early 1930s, following a black jazz band in London at a time of extraordinary change. Music journalist Stanley Mitchell befriends The Louis Lester Band and helps its rise to fame from playing in a basement jazz club to the illustrious Imperial Hotel. At first, the band is treated with hostility by the hotel's elderly audience, most of whom have never heard jazz music nor seen black musicians before. However, one table of young aristocrats love their new music and invite them to play at a garden party.
DANCING ON THE EDGE - CONCLUDED It’s a lusciously shot and brilliantly written and acted account of how the British aristocracy and progressives in high society fell in love with what can best be described as the tantalizing edginess of jazz music and the sense of exploration and wonder it brought to those who heard it even though society at the time was not ready to accept what it all implied.
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