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Jazz Ball (1956)

TV Movie  -   -  Musical | Documentary  -  1956 (USA)
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A made-for-TV musical revue, compiled from soundies and film and TV performances by jazz greats from the 1930s to the 1950s.

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Johnnie Davis ...
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Jimmy Dorsey ...
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A made-for-TV musical revue, compiled from soundies and film and TV performances by jazz greats and popular music successes from the 1930s to the 1950s, among them Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington (excerpted from 'Bundle of Blues'), Gene Krupa, The Dorsey Brothers, Peggy Lee, Cab Calloway, Artie Shaw, Sammy Davis Jr. (from 'Sweet and Low'), Red Nichols, the Mills Brothers (from 'I Ain't Got Nobody'), Bob Crosby, and Ina Rae Hutton (among many others). Written by seanax

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It's now on DVD under different title
18 September 2004 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

This film was on VHS but out of print. I found it packaged as a different title on DVD. "The Golden Age of Jazz" from Music Video Distributors is Part of the Quantum Leap video series from the UK but distributed in US. Print is not great but the performances are. Wait'll you see Sammy Davis Jr. in the finale dance up a storm!Ben Graurer's narration is good once but I don't remember seeing these performances on many other videos. The DVD is priced cheap so is worth picking up. Krupa is great as is the Ina Ray Hutton sequence. She's ALWAYS great on the eyes. The typos on the package are weird. Rudy Vallee is Spelled Rudee Valley!


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