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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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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 ... Self - Singer and Dancer
Archie Savage ... Self - Dancer


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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Clips from this short were used in U2's music video for "Angel of Harlem". See more »


[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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Jammin' the Blues
Written by Lester Young
Performed by Lester Young, John Simmons, Harry Edison, Marlowe Morris, Jo Jones, Barney Kessel, and Illinois Jacquet
Jitterbug danced by Marie Bryant and Archie Savage
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HARDCORE JAM SESSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1 October 2003 | by JAZZMAN24See all my reviews

I have seen this ten minute short several times on T.C.M.it is a swinging jam session featuring some of the GREATEST jazz musicians that every lived. It has been told that when they filmed this short at the Warner Bro.studio lot that some of the great actors with Warner Bro. such as Humphrey Bogart, Bettie Davis, Edward G. Robinson Etc. stopped what they where doing to hear this jam session through out the day. One damper on this short was the fact that Barney Kessell was filmed silhouetted so that a white musician was not identified playing with black musicians.

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Release Date:

5 May 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Играя блюз See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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