Excerpts included from The Sound of Jazz, which Fresh Sound Records calls “one of the great glorious moments on television,” this collection set contains performances from Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Thelonious Monk, the Count Basie Orchestra, and more. Also included are excerpts from a 1959 television special called Jazz From Studio 61, featuring the original Ahmad Jamal Trio with the Ben Webster Quintet. The Greatest Jazz Films Ever is an impressive and enduring collection of documents from the golden age of jazz. While the emphasis here is generally on musicianship, not filmmaking, it’s a collection that also demonstrates jazz’s close relationship to film and television in the mid-20th century.
1. The Sound of Jazz ft. Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Jimmy Giuffre, and many others. (54 mins)
2. Jazz from Studio 61 (18 mins)