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Jammin' the Blues
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Release Date:
5 May 1944 (USA) See more »
Created under the guidance of jazz impresario and Verve Records founder Norman Granz, this short captures the spontaneity of a jam session and is one of few film records of black jazzers of the day including tenor sax legend Lester Young. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Garland Finney ... Himself (uncredited)
Knox Manning ... Narrator (uncredited)

Directed by
Gjon Mili 
Produced by
Gordon Hollingshead .... producer
Cinematography by
Robert Burks (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Everett Dodd (film editor)
Art Direction by
Roland E. Hill Sr.  (as Roland Hill)
Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound
Other crew
Norman Granz .... technical director
Crew verified as complete

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10 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #10495)

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Director Gjon Mili had been an award-winning still photographer for Life magazine but had never made a movie before.See more »
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Cool for cats, 8 September 2003
Author: kennethwright45 from glasgow, scotland

Simply but imaginatively filmed studio-set performance short, a perfect match of music and images that defines the very coolness of cool and the hipness of hip. The precise visual and musical arrangements give the lie to its claim to be a record of a jam session: what it is, is a pop video - every bit as stylised and knowing as that implies, and all the better for it. Among the very best music films ever made, and almost certainly the most cinematic. These cats are solid gone, daddy-o ...

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