MADRID – American filmmaker and clarinetist Woody Allen will perform on three different dates in Spain over the summer as a guest musician with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band, a concert management company said on Friday.
The genius behind movie classics like “Take the Money and Run” (1969), “Bananas” (1971) and “Annie Hall” (1977) has for the past 36 years been a guest clarinetist with the band, a classic jazz ensemble that would until early in the summer continue its weekly Monday night residency at Manhattan’s Cafe Carlyle, as it has done for years.
The Basque city of Bilbao in the north was set to welcome Allen and the band on June 16 at the Euskalduna Palace, the Catalan city Barcelona in the northeast would host them at the Jardins Pedralbes Festival on June 18, while a yet-to-be-confirmed venue would bring the music to an audience in the capital, Madrid, on June 20.
In any case, the gigs have no fixed repertoire with a song list distilled from an eclectic selection by 20th century classics of the stature of Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet or George Lewis.
The last Woody Allen performance in Spain took place in 2014 at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu.
Tickets for the Bilbao date would go on sale on Feb. 19 and the Barcelona date on Feb. 17 at 10 am. All details regarding the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band’s Madrid concert had yet to be confirmed.
Eddie Davis and his New Orleans Jazz Band have appeared on stage at top concert venues all over the world, including Paris’ Olympia Theater, London’s Royal Festival Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Davis has performed with a roster of talents, among them Tom Waits, Gene Krupa, Freddie Hubbard and Benny Goodman.
His work includes the movie soundtrack of “Fried Green Tomatoes” (1991), original scores for Allen’s films, and his New Orleans Jazz Band’s successful 1997 European tour spawned a documentary titled “Wild Man Blues” (1997), which won awards at the Sundance and Venice film festivals.
Allen’s upcoming performances come at a time when Hollywood was facing up to widespread alleged cases of sexual abuse driven by the Me Too movement, something that has made allegations – which first surfaced in 1992 during a custody case – that the director had abused his daughter Dylan Farrow reemerge.