Jammin' the Blues

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Jammin' the Blues
Directed byGjon Mili
Produced byGordon Hollingshead
Narrated byKnox Manning
CinematographyRobert Burks[1]
Edited byEverett Dodd
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • May 5, 1944 (1944-05-05)
Running time
10 minutes
CountryUnited States
Portrait of Lester Young, Famous Door, New York, N.Y. by William Gottlieb circa September, 1946

Jammin' the Blues is a 1944 American short film in which several prominent jazz musicians got together for a rare filmed jam session. It features Lester Young, Red Callender, Harry Edison, Marlowe Morris, Sid Catlett, Barney Kessel, Jo Jones, John Simmons, Illinois Jacquet, Marie Bryant and Archie Savage.[2]




Barney Kessel was the only white musician in the film. He was seated in the shadows to shade his skin.[3]

Reception and legacy[edit]

Producer Gordon Hollingshead was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Short Subject, One-reel.[4]

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".[5][6]

The short was released on both DVDs of the film Blues in the Night (1941) and Passage to Marseille (1944), the latter starring Humphrey Bogart.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ What to Stream This Weekend: Five Standout Oscar-Nominated Shorts|The New Yorker
  2. ^ AllMusic
  3. ^ Keepnews, Peter (8 May 2004). "Barney Kessel, 80, a Guitarist With Legends of Jazz, Dies". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "The 17th Academy Awards (1945) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "The 25 Films for '95 (February 5, 1996) – Library of Congress Information Bulletin". www.loc.gov. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  6. ^ "Complete National Film Registry Listing | Film Registry | National Film Preservation Board | Programs at the Library of Congress | Library of Congress". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  7. ^ Blues in the Night: DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video
  8. ^ Humphrey Bogart – The Signature Collection, Vol.2: DVD Talk of the DVD Video

External links[edit]

  • Jammin' the Blues at IMDb
  • Jammin’ the Blues essay by Daniel Eagan in America's Film Legacy: The Authoritative Guide to the Landmark Movies in the National Film Registry, A&C Black, 2010 ISBN 0826429777, pages 374-375 [1]