On New Years Day 2006 the telephone rang at home, and it was Jimmy Rosenberg calling. We had not spoken together for years, and it was good to hear from him. He had heard that I was putting together a music film for television, and asked if he could play. We agreed that he would do two tunes on the series, but he needed the payment in advance.
I couldn’t do that and a few days later he went to jail for not paying an overdue fine. He called us several times from jail, and we went to see him when it was allowed. On a particularly snowy morning in the south of Holland, whilst attempting to visit Jimmy in jail, we bumped into two guys who were there to see him as well. They turned out to be making a film documentary of the recent past life of Jimmy, and we fell into line with their production, filming Jimmy coming out of jail, and the hectic few months that followed 16h May 2006.
We had already become too emotionally involved to drop the idea of helping him, and it has been difficult for all of us who love Jimmy, some of the time, but the release of this privately produced DVD entitled Jimmy Rosenberg is Back, is the first time in Jimmys life, that he has ownership of his work, and therefore will benefit personally from its sucess amongst his fans and friends.
The film documentary begins with Jimmy playing a composition entitled “Improvisation No.1” by Django Reinhardt, which is fiercely technical, and can only be played by a few guitarists in the world today. Jimmy played it after not touching a guitar for five months, and he played it perfectly. The tune now features as Jimmys closing solo piece at his concerts, and sets Jimmy aside as one of the all time greatest guitarists, regardless of musical genre.
The award winning documentary film about Jimmys recent life entitled “Jimmy Rosenberg, The Father, the Son & the Talent” was premiered on 26th November 2006, and went on general release on 5th of March 2007 in Paradiso. The film company wanted Jimmy to play at the premiere of the film, and Jimmy obtained exclusive rights to film the concert.
It is that concert, at the film premiere in Paradiso, that we have pleasure in presenting to you, and we hope that you will enjoy the film, and pass Jimmys message around the world.
thanks to Anthony Williams