Jammin the blues

Lester Young with Harry “Sweets” Edison, “Big” Sid Catlett, Illinois Jacquet

Produced in 1944

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I sure wish that a lot more of this had been done, but I’m grateful for the existence of this.

Gjon Mili directed it, Everett Dodd edited it, Robert Burks did the camera and light, and it was released by Warner Brothers. Gordon Hollingshead produced it and the film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Short Subject, One-reel.


Lester Young, Tenor Sax
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, Bass
Illinois Jacquet, Tenor Sax
Marie Bryant, Female Dancer
Archie Savage, Male Dancer


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