Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Five Video Examples of Jazz Jam Sessions

Edited by Azizi Powell

Jammin' The Blues 1944 Historic Black Jazz Jam Session HD

Rob Johnson, Published on Apr 21, 2012

Jammin' The Blues 1944 Historic Black Jazz Jam Session

This post showcases five videos of different types of jazz jam sessions. This post also provides some information about jam sessions.

The content of this post is presented for historical, folkloric, entertainment, educational, and aesthetic purposes. The copyrights remain with their owners.

My thanks to the performers, musicians, and producers of these featured videos. Thanks also to the uploaders of these videos, the authors of the information that is quoted in this post.

Definition of "to jam" = to perform music; to listen to music, to have a good time in a social setting

A jam session is a musical act where musicians play (i.e. "jam") by improvising without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements. Jam sessions are often used by musicians to develop new material, find suitable arrangements, or simply as a social gathering and communal practice session. Jam sessions may be based upon existing songs or forms, may be loosely based on an agreed chord progression or chart suggested by one participant, or may be wholly improvisational. Jam sessions can range from very loose gatherings of amateurs to sophisticated improvised recording sessions intended to be edited and released to the public.

Video #1: Jammin' The Blues 1944 Historic Black Jazz Jam Session HD

This video is presented at the top of this page.

This summary is from an upload of this video that is no longer available:
"HD Jammin' the Blues is a 1944 short film in which several prominent jazz musicians got together for a rare filmed jam session. It features Lester Young, Red Callender, Harry Edison, Marlowe Morris, Sid Catlett, Barney Kessel, Joe Jones, John Simmons, Illinois Jacquet, Marie Bryant, Archie Savage and Garland Finney. For some, this is their only known appearance in a theatrical film. Barney Kessel is the only white performer in the film. He was seated in the shadows to shade his skin, and for closeups, his hands were stained with berry juice. Lindy Hop legends Archie Savage and Marie Bryant do the Lindy Hop (Jitterbug) on this footage. Directed by Gjon Mili and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry."

Video #2: Charlie Parker & Coleman Hawkins 1950.wmv

Uploaded by joesaxophon on Dec 4, 2008

Session I Improvisation of Genius of Jazz CHARLIE PARKER alto sax and COLEMAN HAWKINS tenor sax (date 1950) with: Hank Jones - Piano,
Ray Brown - Double bass, Buddy Rich - Drums.
By Peppe Ruotolo

Video #3: Jam session: trumpets fighting at Vitoria Jazz Festival 06

Uploaded by polinomio on Jul 13, 2006

Late night, in a small venue, Sean Jones and Marcus Printup fight with their trumpets. It happened at Vitoria Jazz Festival 2006.

Video #4: Bilal - Tainted Love (Improv Jam)

Uploaded by PlugResearch on Feb 16, 2011

This is a jam session. An act of improvisation without preparation.

This is a video continuation of the Bilal and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Bomb Shelter saga entitled, "Tainted Love."...

Video #5: After Church Jam - Originals

Uploaded by 1NewLifeMinistries on Jan 19, 2009

GNJ - jamming after church.

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