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Jam Session (1942)

Duke Ellington and Orchestra perform 'C Jam Blues'.


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Cast overview:
Duke Ellington ... Himself - Piano
Ray Nance Ray Nance ... Himself - Violin
Rex Stewart Rex Stewart ... Himself - Trumpet
Ben Webster ... Himself - Saxophone
Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton Joe 'Tricky Sam' Nanton ... Himself - Trombone (as Joe Nanton)
Barney Bigard Barney Bigard ... Himself - Clarinet
Sonny Greer Sonny Greer ... Himself - Drums


Duke Ellington and Orchestra perform 'C Jam Blues'.

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Release Date:

9 August 2003 (Switzerland) See more »

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RCM Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA)
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Music and Black History
17 May 2016 | by gavin6942See 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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