I’m repeating this “Jazz Is” entry from “How We Lived on It” (2), but it is so exceptional, no collection of jazz riches should be without it. The better quality of the two full-length versions available at Daily Motion is ad defaced, while the other has very poor video quality, and Mili’s filmmaking is too fine to show so poorly, so I have stuck with the driving second half. The first half is well worth putting up with the ads for the splendid film opening and Marie Bryant’s slow tempo-phrasing of the lyrics. Here, we get more Jazz greats than you can count in your dreams, and Bryant and Archie Savage dancing like you don’t even dream about.
Ladies and gentleman, mesdames et messieurs, mentches un maidels – get ready to swing.
from Jammin’ the Blues
Directed by Gjon Mili
Trumpet: Harry “Sweets” Edison
Piano: Marlowe Morris
Drums: Philly Joe Jones & “Big Sid” Catlett
Guitar: Barney Kessell
Bass: Red Callender
Dancers: Lindy Hop legends Archie Savage and Marie Bryant
Full ten minute short film available at Daily Motion.
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