Jammin’ the Blues (1944)

Directed by Gjon Mili
Produced by Norman Granz
10 minutes
1944
This film of top jazz musicians is beautiful to the ears and the eyes. The photographer Gjon Mili, who is responsible for the 1943 LIFE Magazine cover story on Lindy Hop, shot this film as though it were a series of photographs.
There are some short scenes with beautifully executed choreographed Lindy Hop.

Dancers:

Marie Bryant – Singer and Dancer
Archie Savage – (a Katherine Dunham dancer)

Мusicians in this sequence:

Lester Young (ts)
Illinois Jacquet (ts)
Harry “Sweets” Edison (tr)
Jonah “Jo” Jones (dr)
Marlowe Morris (p)
John Simmons (b)
Barney Kessel (g)

 

This content was originally written by Judy Pritchett with Frankie Manning. Copyright, 1995, 1996, 1997  for savoystyle.com. It may not be reproduced without written permission. Please use the contact form on this website to get in touch. This was originally part of the World Lindy Hop Federation Archives of biographies and films created by Keith Hughes.

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