For the very first time Woody Allen will be performing with his New Orleans Jazz Band on Sunday 21 December in the Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam. He is a clarinetist – not everyone knows that, as I just had to explain to a Dutch person over coffee why I said “performing”. Woody Allen is also a huge jazz fan, something that’s pretty obvious if you’ve seen any of his films. The music always has a prominent place in his films, usually jazz from the 1920s to the 1940s.
In this video he’s playing in Budapest with the New Orleans Jazz Band. He has been playing clarinet since he was 15 and started performing in the 1960s with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the New Orleans Funeral and Ragtime Orchestra.
I remember a time in the 1980s when he was a regular at Michael’s Pub in New York City on Tuesdays, but never saw him because I was way too young to get in.