Newcastle legend Keith Crombie is to be the focus of a new documentary, The Jazz Man, from North East producer/director Abi Lewis of Agogo Films. Crombie, who ran Pink Lane’s Jazz Cafe for over 20 years, died aged 73 in December last year after a short illness; the club was open until shortly before his death.
Lewis has just released a teaser for The Jazz Man, and is developing the project with funding from Northern Film & Media. She said of her decision to embark on the projected 60 min film: “like Keith himself, the Jazz Cafe was becoming old and worn and my gut feeling told me it was time someone documented Keith and the history of the venue before it was too late. I wanted to capture the venue for posterity and all that it means to all the people who regularly go there.” With footage shot over a two year period, the film will draw not only on contributions from the club’s regulars but on Lewis’ deep knowledge of her subject (Crombie was also also her Godfather).
Lewis has worked in the television industry for nearly a decade on television dram and online content, largely for 21st Century Media. The Jazz Man will be her debut film.
To watch the official teaser click here. You can follow Abi’s progress on Twitter @TheJazzManDoc or on the film’s Facebook page.