Harlem Hotshots

Harlem Hotshots is an American short film from 1940 produced by Sack Amusements.[1] The 20 minute film is a musical.[2][3] One poster for the film includes a skyline of buildings and street sign for Lenox Avenue and 125th Street.[4] The film was reissued in 1986 as part of Jazz Classics, No. 110; Harlem Harmonies Volume 1, 1940–1945.[5]

PerformancesEdit

The film includes Leon Gross and his Orchestra playing "The Swingeroo Stomp", " Dear Old Southland", and "I Found a New Baby", as well as Cora Harris singing "Heaven Help That Heart of Mine". "Dance of the Bellhops" is performed by Stringbean Jackson and the Red Lily Chorus.[6][7]

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Later influencesEdit

A 1953 film of the same name compiles the work of rhythm & blues and jazz musicians including Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner, and Bill Bailey. It runs 50 minutes.[10]

Harlem Hotshots was also the name of a jazz group fronted by Freddie Webster.[11][12]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Webb, Graham (July 13, 2020). Encyclopedia of American Short Films, 1926–1959. McFarland. ISBN 9781476681184 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b c d Cyr, Helen W. (1976). A Filmography of the Third World: An Annotated List of 16mm Films, Volume 1. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-8108-0940-6.
  3. ^ "Harlem Hot Shots". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2021-11-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "ACADEMY COLLECTIONS | details". collections.new.oscars.org.
  5. ^ Clear, Rebecca D. (November 14, 1993). Jazz on Film and Video in the Library of Congress. DIANE Publishing. ISBN 9780788114366 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Webb, Graham (July 13, 2020). Encyclopedia of American Short Films, 1926–1959. McFarland. ISBN 9781476681184 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Clear, Rebecca D. (November 14, 1993). Jazz on Film and Video in the Library of Congress. DIANE Publishing. ISBN 9780788114366 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ Clear, Rebecca D. (1993). Jazz on Film and Video in the Library of Congress. Diane Publishing. p. 68. ISBN 978-0-7881-1436-6.
  9. ^ Stratemann, Klaus (1981). Negro Bands on Film: Big bands, 1928–1950. Lübbecke, Germany: Verlag Uhle & Kleimann. p. 123. ISBN 978-3-922657-18-7.
  10. ^ Ogle, Patrick (1994). Facets African-American video guide. Facets Multimedia, Inc. / Academy Chicago Publishers. p. 197. ISBN 978-0-89733-402-0.
  11. ^ "Ebony". Johnson Publishing Company. January 1950. p. 28. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
  12. ^ Cooper, B. Lee (15 April 2019). "I Want a Bowlegged Woman: The Greatest Hits, 1945–1955". Popular Music and Society: 2–3. doi:10.1080/03007766.2019.1598749. ISSN 0300-7766. S2CID 194641264.

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