Jammin' the Blues
|Jammin' the Blues|
|Directed by||Gjon Mili|
|Produced by||Gordon Hollingshead|
|Narrated by||Knox Manning|
|Edited by||Everett Dodd|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures
Associated Artists Productions (1949-1958)
United Artists (1958-1981)
MGM/UA Entertainment Co. (1981-1986)
Turner Entertainment Co. (1986-present)
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, Archie Savage and Garland Finney. Barney Kessel is the only white musician in the film. He was seated in the shadows to shade his skin.
The movie was directed by still photographer Gjon Mili, edited by Everett Dodd, with lighting and photography directed by Robert Burks (his first credit in this field), and released by Warner Bros. Producer Gordon Hollingshead was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Short Subject, One-reel.
Working with Harold Eugene Edgerton of MIT, Mili was a pioneer in the use of stroboscopic instruments to capture a sequence of actions in one photograph. Mili did not serve as cinematographer for this film, but Blues uses multiplied images that in many ways recall the multi-image still-frames done with the strobe.
Jammin' the Blues appears on the DVDs Passage to Marseille (2006) and Norman Granz: Improvisation (2007).
- Lester Young - Tenor saxophone
- Red Callender - Bass
- Harry "Sweets" Edison - Trumpet
- Marlowe Morris - Piano
- "Big" Sid Catlett - Drums (First two songs, and intro of third)
- Jo Jones - Drums (for final song)
- Barney Kessel - Guitar
- John Simmons - Double bass
- Illinois Jacquet - Tenor saxophone
- Marie Bryant - Vocals & Female Dancer
- Archie Savage - Male Dancer
- Keepnews, Peter (8 May 2004). "Barney Kessel, 80, a Guitarist With Legends of Jazz, Dies". The New York Times.
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- Meeker, David (1982). Jazz in the Movies. Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0306761478.