Duke Ellington and Orchestra perform 'C Jam Blues'.

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Himself - Piano
Ray Nance ...
Himself - Violin
Rex Stewart ...
Himself - Trumpet
Ben Webster ...
Himself - Saxophone
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton ...
Himself - Trombone (as Joe Nanton)
Barney Bigard ...
Himself - Clarinet
Sonny Greer ...
Himself - Drums
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Duke Ellington and Orchestra perform 'C Jam Blues'.

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C-Jam Blues
Written by Duke Ellington
Performed by Duke Ellington and others
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Music and Black History
17 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Duke Ellington and Orchestra perform 'C Jam Blues'...

Although I know very little about jazz, I know that Duke Ellington was about as big a name as there ever was in the genre. And of what I know about film, it was rare for black people to be in a movie in the 1940s unless they were a servant or comic relief. So I see this short film as being doubly important: it captured black people performing and enjoying music in the 1940s, which is not common on film. And it captured one of the all-time greatest musicians performing. Are there many jazz films? I don't know. Are there many films of Ellington? I don't know. But I feel like even in these few minutes, we really capture the essence of the music.


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