Jam Session (1942 film)

Jam Session is a 1942 short film, directed by Josef Berne, which shows Duke Ellington and his orchestra performing "C Jam Blues".

Original titleJam Session
Directed byJosef Berne
StarringDuke Ellington and his orchestra
Music by"C Jam Blues"
Distributed bySoundie Distributing Corporation
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In 2001, the United States Library of Congress deemed the 3-minute, black-and-white film "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.[1][2][3]

The short 16 mm film was a "Soundie",[4][5] distributed by the Soundie Distributing Corporation[6] for playback in the "Panoram" film jukebox. Jam Session is included on the DVD Duke Ellington: Early Tracks from the Master of Swing (2006).

Musicians in Order of Appearance:[7]


  1. ^ "Complete National Film Registry Listing | Film Registry | National Film Preservation Board | Programs at the Library of Congress | Library of Congress". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  2. ^ Cantor, Mark (2015-12-01). "Duke Ellington on the National Film Registry: Jam Session (1942) | Now See Hear!". blogs.loc.gov. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  3. ^ "Librarian of Congress Names 25 More Films to National Film Registry". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  4. ^ MacGillivray, Scott, 1957- (2007). The soundies book : a revised and expanded guide. Okuda, Ted, 1953-, Terenzio, Maurice, 1954-. New York: iUniverse. p. 82. ISBN 978-0-595-67969-0. OCLC 180852174.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ Terenzio, Maurice, 1954- (1991). The Soundies Distributing Corporation of America : a history and filmography of their "jukebox" musical films of the 1940s. MacGillivray, Scott, 1957-, Okuda, Ted, 1953-. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. p. 66. ISBN 0-89950-578-3. OCLC 22543173.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Eagan, Daniel (2010-01-01). America's Film Legacy: The Authoritative Guide to the Landmark Movies in the National Film Registry. A&C Black. p. 347. ISBN 978-0-8264-2977-3.
  7. ^ Jam Session, retrieved 2020-02-04

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