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Jammin' the Blues (1944)

Approved | | Documentary, Short, Music | 5 May 1944 (USA)
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.

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

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Complete credited cast:
Lester Young ... Self - on Tenor Sax
George 'Red' Callender ... Self - on Bass (as Red Callender)
Harry Edison Harry Edison ... Self - on Trumpet
Marlowe Morris Marlowe Morris ... Self - on Piano
Sidney Catlett ... Self - on Drums
Barney Kessel ... Self - on Guitar
Jo Jones ... Self - on Drums (as Joe Jones)
John Simmons John Simmons ... Self - on Bass
Illinois Jacquet Illinois Jacquet ... Self - on Tenor Sax
Marie Bryant Marie Bryant ... Self - Singer and Dancer
Archie Savage ... Self - 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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In 1995, Jammin' the Blues was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: This - is a jam session. Quite often, these great artists gather and play, ad lib, hot music. It could be called a midnight symphony.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

On the Sunny Side of the Street
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Lester Young, George 'Red' Callender, Harry Edison, Marlowe Morris, Sidney Catlett and Barney Kessel with vocals by Marie Bryant
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This is a filmed jam session with some of the best Jazz musicians around. Excellent!
6 June 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Играя блюз See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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