This Warner Bros. short is a jam session with several outstanding African-American jazz musicians, including Lester Young. Darkly lit and with a mood that matches the music, the film was groundbreaking in its day and was a showcase for then lesser-known musicians and entertainers who would not otherwise have had exposure to a much larger audience. Written by
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Guitarist Barney Kessel
is the only white performer in this film. He was seated in the shadows to shade his skin, and for close-ups, his hands were stained with berry juice. See more
"On the Sunny Side of the Street"
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Marie Bryant See more