So I wanted to do something about the blues. I love how blues music feels, and I love how it sounds. So I came across this video on YouTube, called Jammin’ the Blues. It was a short film, made in 1944, featuring many prominent jazz musicians of the day just jamming.
The cast is as follows (courtesy of IMDB):
- Lester Young – Himself – on Tenor Sax
- George ‘Red’ Callender – Himself – on Bass (as Red Callender)
- Harry Edison – Himself – on Trumpet
- Marlowe Morris – Himself – on Piano
- Sidney Catlett – Himself – on Drums
- Barney Kessel – Himself – on Guitar
- Jo Jones – Himself – on Drums (as Joe Jones)
- John Simmons – Himself – on Bass
- Illinois Jacquet – Himself – on Tenor Sax
- Marie Bryant – Herself – Singer and Dancer
- Archie Savage – Himself – Dancer
While I guess it is more jazz than blues, I think you can definitely feel that blues vibe running through it. I don’t know why it just cuts off at the end, but it does, and this is one of the longest ones I could find. Even IMDB says that it was only a 10 minute short, so I guess this is how it ended when it was released. Regardless I do dig it man.