The DGA Theater was swingin’ on Saturday as the Pakistani group featured in the documentary Song Of Lahore played its international hit version of “Take Five” live at Deadline’s the Contenders. The Sachal Jazz Ensemble took to the stage to perform its take on the jazz standard made famous by Dave Brubeck, which they infuse with tabla and other regional instruments. The sellout crowd responded to the stirring song with a standing ovation.
Song Of Lahore, which premiered at Tribeca last summer, revolves around the unlikely jazz collective whose unique sound got the attention of music lovers not just in Pakistan but around the world. The film chronicles its roots in Lahore, a musical hotbed for centuries before the Taliban assumed control, through landing a surprise gig with Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. The docu captures the group’s rehearsals with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and crescendos with the big concert.
Broad Green Pictures opens directors Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken’s film in theaters on November 13. In the meantime, take a listen to this exclusive live video as one of jazz’s most familiar tunes given is a worldly spin. It was a highlight amid a day of highlights. Erik Pedersen contributed to this post.