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In 1944, Norman Granz and Gjon Mili collaborated on a film about jazz music called Jammin' the Blues. In 1950 they collaborated again on a film about jazz improvisation that was never completed (Jazz At The Philharmonic). This footage has now been combined with other film of jazz improvisation shot by Granz at different times and locations to create this new film. Included is material by Mili in 1950, Duke Ellington at the Cote D'Azur, Count Basie at Montreux Jazz Festival in 1977, Joe Pass in 1979, Ella Fitzgerald in 1979, and Oscar Peterson with Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis at Montreux in 1977.

JAMMIN' THE BLUES 1944: Lester Young - tenor sax; Illinois Jacquet - tenor sax; Harry "Sweets" Edison - trumpet; Barney Kessel - guitar; Marlowe Morris - piano; Sid Catlett - drums; Jo Jones - drums; Mary Bryant - vocal
JAZZ AT THE PHILHARMONIC 1950: Charlie Parker - alto sax; Lester Young - tenor sax; Coleman Hawkins - tenor sax; Flip Phillips - tenor sax; Harry "Sweets" Edison - trumpet; Bill Harris - trombone; Hank Jones - piano; Ray Brown - bass; Buddy Rich - drums; Ella Fitzgerald - vocal.

Item# MX42


Charlie Parker - Improvisation

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Bonus features: Portrait of Norman Granz narrated by Nat Hentoff; portraits by David Stone Martin; extra rushes of JATP session; interviews about JATP session & Charlie Parker; photo gallery.

Jammin' The Blues 1944: Jammin' The Blues, Midnight Symphony, On The Sunny Side Of The Street

Jazz At The Philharmonic 1950:
Ballade, Celebrity, Ad Lib, Pennies From Heaven, Blues For Greasy 

Duke Ellington Trio 1966: Blues for Joan Miro 

Count Basie Big Band 1977: Nob's Blues, Kidney Stew, These Foolish Things 

Joe Pass 1979: Ain't Misbehavin', Prelude To a Kiss

Ella Fitzgerald 1979: Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good 

Oscar Peterson 1977 with Dizzy, C Terry, E Davis: Ali & Frazier