A Must See: Gjon Mili's "Jammin' the Blues"

It seems that this week I'm finding some real film gems made by photographer. I found this one on the Turner Classic Movie channel, which often shows hard-to-find film shorts. You have to see it. The film, was made in 1944 by the famed Life magazine photographer Gjon Mili, who was one of the great photographic innovators of his time. In its special effects, and in its stylistic black-and-white look, the film perfectly captures Mili's photographic style.

It seems that this week I'm finding some real film gems made by photographer. I found this one on the Turner Classic Movie channel, which often shows hard-to-find film shorts. You have to see it. The film, "Jammin' the Blues," was made in 1944 by the famed Life magazine photographer Gjon Mili, who was one of the great photographic innovators of his time. In its special effects, and in its stylistic black-and-white look, the film perfectly captures Mili's photographic style. Mili's mini-documentary captures a jam session featuring such jazz greats as Lester Young,George "Red"Callender, and Illinois Jacquet. Enjoy this excerpt. For the full film, go here. --David Schonauer