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"Stars of JAZZ"

-- Synopsis:
    1940's prominent jazz musicians get together for a rare filming of a jam session and for some this is their only known appearance in a theatrical film. This film is " very cool" for its day. Barney Kessel is the only white performer in the film. Won Awards: U.S. National Film Registry (win) 1994 Library of Congress, Best Live Action Short (nominated) - Gordon Hollingshead - 1944 Academy Best One-Reel Short (nominated).

The DVD version also comes with the Stars of JAZZ: Count Basie Orchestra recorded in 1941 and Count Basie Septet recorded in 1950. The total time on the DVD is about 30 minutes.

* Features:
    Lindy Hop legends Archie Savage and Marie Bryant do the Lindy Hop (Jitterbug) dancing on the JAMMIN' THE BLUES footage. This is famous clips of them dancing.

Jammin' the Blues Screenshot 1 Jammin' the Blues Screenshot 2 Jammin' the Blues Screenshot 3 Jammin' the Blues Screenshot 4

More Film Information below





1944 Warner Brothers Gjon Mili


Country Made:



10 minutes USA English Black and White


Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Dance Rating

Music / Dance
Savage and Bryant Lindy Hop | Jitterbug EXCELLENT

Known Dancers


Actors / Actresses

Archie Savage n/a Knox Manning .... Narrator
Marie Bryant   Garland Finney

Dances performed in this film

Special Dance Interest

Jitterbug n/a n/a Lindy Hop | Jitterbug
Lindy Hop      

Some Music Titles in Film

Bands | Musicians | Singers

Posters | Lobby Cards

Jammin' The Blues Barney Kessel (guitar) n/a
On the Sunny Side of the Street Garland Finney    
The Midnight Symphony George 'Red' Callender (bass)    
  Harry " Sweets" Edison (trumpet)    
  Illinois Jacquet    
  Jonah " Jo" Jones (drums)    
  John Simmons (bass)    
  Lester Young (tenor sax)    
  Marie Bryant (singer)    
  Marlowe Morris (piano )    
  Red Callender    
  Sidney Catlett (drums)    

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n/a $ Jammin' The Blues Soundtrack + $ Swing, Swing, Swing n/a

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Date Published


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