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
Did You Know?
Reportedly, during the filming of this short Bette Davis
and Humphrey Bogart
paid a visit to the set and observed filming (hearing that something great was happening). According to one musician, Bogart came up to him and said "Are you getting paid good money for this? If you aren't, you should strike!" See more
Referenced in Sweet and Lowdown