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'The Eddy' Is Netflix's New Parisian Jazz Club-Set Drama Series From the Director of 'La La Land'

The eight-episode drama follows a New York jazz pianist who now co-owns a struggling Parisian club.
By Sarah Ward
March 08, 2020
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By Sarah Ward
March 08, 2020
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If there's one thing that director Damien Chazelle has made plain across his filmmaking career, it's that he loves jazz. His 2009 debut Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench focused on a jazz trumpeter. In his breakout 2014 drama Whiplash, he switched to a jazz drumming student. And with 2016's La La Land, he won the Best Director Oscar for his Los Angeles-set romance about an aspiring actress and a struggling jazz pianist.

Chazelle couldn't quite give 2018's Neil Armstrong biopic First Man a jazz spin but, making the leap to television for the first time, he's back in familiar territory with upcoming Netflix series The Eddy. Taking its title from a fictional Parisian jazz club, it follows the ex-New Yorker who co-owns the establishment — who, before he moved to France from the US, was a celebrated jazz pianist, obviously.

As well as trying to keep the club running, Elliot Udo (Moonlight's André Holland) manages The Eddy's house band, which is led by his on-again, off-again girlfriend Maja (Cold War's Joanna Kulig). And, just as he's trying to work through dramas with his business partner Farid (Mary Magdalene's Tahar Rahim), his daughter Julie (The Hate U Give's Amandla Stenberg) arrives to live with him out of the blue.

Given the premise, expect jazz music to feature heavily, with six-time Grammy Award-winner Glen Ballard — a co-writer and producing of Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill — responsible for the show's soundtrack.

An eight-part limited series, The Eddy hits Netflix in early May — and while it seems like classic Chazelle, he directs the first two episodes, with the rest of the show helmed by Divines' Houda Benyamina, Rock the Casbah's Laïla Marrakchi and Six Feet Under's Alan Poul.

Check out the first teaser trailer below:

The Eddy will be available to stream on Netflix from Friday, May 8.

Top image: Lou Faulon.

Published on March 08, 2020 by Sarah Ward

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