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Jammin' the Blues (1944)

 -  Short | Music  -  5 May 1944 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Lester Young ...
Himself - on Tenor Sax
George 'Red' Callender ...
Himself - on Bass (as Red Callender)
Harry Edison ...
Himself - on Trumpet
Marlowe Morris ...
Himself - on Piano
Sidney Catlett ...
Himself - on Drums
Barney Kessel ...
Himself - on Guitar
Jo Jones ...
Himself - on Drums (as Joe Jones)
John Simmons ...
Himself - on Bass
Illinois Jacquet ...
Himself - on Tenor Sax
Marie Bryant ...
Herself - Singer and Dancer
Archie Savage ...
Himself - Dancer
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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 garykmcd

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jitterbug | musician | jazz | session | dancer | See more »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Clips from this short were used in U2's music video for "Angel of Harlem". See more »

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Featured in Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) See more »

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Midnight Symphony
(uncredited)
Written by Lester Young
Performed by Lester Young and group
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This is a filmed jam session with some of the best Jazz musicians around. Excellent!

This short was nominated for an Academy Award and I wish it had won! Basically a filmed jam session between some very talented musicians, including Lester Young and Joe Jones, the music is incredible! Hollywood quite often embraced Jazz (particularly animation, believe it or not) but this is a rare look on film at an improvisational jam. This has been added to the Film Preservation list and deservedly so. TCM runs this as filler periodically and runs it every March sometime for its' "31 Days of Oscar" tribute. From downtown at the buzzer, swish, nothing but net and the shot's so smooth, the net barely moved. Most solidly and highly recommended!!!


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