Jammin' the Blues
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.
This Warner Bros. short is a jam session with several outstanding African-American jazz musicians, including
. 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.
Prominent jazz musicians of the 1940's get together for a rare filming of a jam session.
has a vocal, and dancer
does the jitterbug. It is notable that for several cast members, this is their only known appearance in a theatrical film.
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