09 20 Oct '24
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David Mingay, David Robinson

Sophisticated Lady

78' - 1989 - Documentary - Dialogue: English
Director: David Mingay, David Robinson With: Adelaide Hall, Benny Waters, The Mike Pyne Trio
The legendary and phenomenal American jazz singer Adelaide Hall in a self-portrait. Ata memorable 1989 concert, accompanied by 87-year old saxophone virtuoso Benny Waters, she recreates, with infectious vivacity and inimitable vocal style, numbers forever associated with her name, like Ellington's Creole Love Cal and I Can't give you Anything But Love. She recalls her early days on Broadway in the 20ies and in Paris and at the Cotton Club In the 30ies; remembers fellow-artists like Fats Waller, Lena Home and Ellington himself; and commentates rare jazz archive material.

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David Mingay, David Robinson


Adelaide Hall, Benny Waters, The Mike Pyne Trio


David Mingay, David Robinson

Director of Photography

Jack Hazan


David Mingay

Non-original music

Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen

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Countries of production

United Kingdom



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