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Jazz musicians that have cameos in films.

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The the George Coleman thread, it was mentioned that George is in the film Freejack. He plays a saxophone player. That's a stretch. 

Any other jazz musicians that have had cameos in movies. 'Round Midnight can be left off. 

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Tubby Hayes and his Quintet in ‘Dr Terror’s House of Horrors’ (Amicus).

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A number of jazz musicians including Louis Armstrong, Barney Bigard and Gene Krupa appear briefly in "The Glenn Miller Story", the 1954 bio-pic starring Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson..

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Muhal Richard Abrams and John Jackson (early AACM official) are in Medium Cool.

The Art Ensemble of Chicago is in Les Stances a Sophie.

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The Benny Goodman Story was full of musician cameos including Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa, Harry James, Buck Clayton, Urbie Green, Stan Getz, Martha Tilton, Ziggy Elman, Ben Pollack, Kid Ory, Babe Russin and Alan Reuss.

Pete Kelly's Blues included Ella Fitzgerlad, Peggy Lee, George Van Eps, Nick Fatool, Matty Matlock and Joe Venuti.

Ella Fitzgerald also appeared (singing "A-Tisket, A-Tasket") in the Abbott & Costello film, Ride 'Em Cowboy.

Annie Ross was quite good in a more than cameo role in Robert Altman's Short Cuts.

The most classic cameo of all time must be Louis Armstrong's appearance in the film Hello Dolly.

Edit to add the second most classic cameo is probably Count Basie & His Orchestra in Blazing Saddles.

And then there was this:

I still gotta see that movie one of these days, no matter how awful it might be.

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New Orleans (1947) features Louis Armstrong with Billie Holiday, Woody Herman and also the Original New Orleans Ragtime Band (Kid Ory, Red Callender, etc).

Paris Blues - Louis Armstrong (again!) and Michel Portal.

Man With The Golden Arm (Sinatra) has Shelly Manne and Shorty Rogers and his Giants.

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What’s that weird ‘Western’ circa 1969(?) that Elvin was in?

And what’s the story behind that cameo? :wacko:

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26 minutes ago, Rooster_Ties said:

What’s that weird ‘Western’ circa 1969(?) that Elvin was in?

And what’s the story behind that cameo? :wacko:

ZACHARIAH!

 

Gerry Mulligan in BELLS ARE RINGING.

 

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Dexter Gordon in Awakenings.

Miles in Scrooged.

Chico Hamilton Quintet in Sweet Smell of Success.

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Duke in Anatomy of a Murder.

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Cannonball Adderley in Play Misty for Me. 

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Ben Webster in "Quiet Days in Clichy" belongs in that category ? 

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Benny Golson in ‘The Terminal’.

Miles in ‘Scrooged’.

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Art Tatum in the otherwise forgettable Those Fabulous Dorseys or whatever that awful biopic is called.

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There were a lot of musician cameos in Robert Altman's Kansas City, every one from David Murray to Ron Carter to Geri Allen to Russell Malone.

Bobby Troup was in Altman's M*A*S*H

Altman's version of A Prairie Home Companion included pianist/clarinetist Butch Thompson who was once the musical director for that radio program.

Bassist Putter Smith played Mr. Kidd in the James Bond flick, Diamonds Are Forever.

Anita O'Day was by far the best thing in The Gene Krupa Story.

Tito Puente was in Woody Allen's Radio Days and in The Mambo Kings.

Bobby Short was in Hannah and Her Sisters.

Peter Martin, Christoph Luty, Jeff Hamilton and Matt Catingub accompany Dianne Reeves in her scenes in Good Night and Good Luck.

Not film, but there was that one Kung Fu TV episode that Cannonball appeared in too.

 

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Cameo?

 

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Herbie Hancock in "Indecent Proposals"

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On 3/6/2020 at 8:19 AM, Jim Duckworth said:

Art Tatum in the otherwise forgettable Those Fabulous Dorseys or whatever that awful biopic is called.

That silly thing is available on youtube. The "jam session" scene with Tatum also includes Charlie Barnett, Ziggy Elman, both Dorseys, and Ray Bauduc, if memory serves.

 

 

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Graham Bond, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and John McLaughlin in ‘Gonks Go Beat’.

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Stan Getz is also in that “Get Yourself a College Girl,” as well as some grade c vigilante/revenge thing, the title was something like “The Exterminator” - embarrassing, poor Stan. 

And, of course, Cal Tjader in “For Singles Only.”

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On 3/5/2020 at 9:13 PM, Joe said:

ZACHARIAH!

 

 

That is either a M1877 or M1878 Colt double action revolver, also known as Colt Frontier.  

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4 hours ago, DMP said:

Stan Getz is also in that “Get Yourself a College Girl,” as well as some grade c vigilante/revenge thing, the title was something like “The Exterminator” - embarrassing, poor Stan. 

And, of course, Cal Tjader in “For Singles Only.”

I just watched Get Yourself a College Girl.   Jimmy Smith is in it too. 

Laurindo Almeida appears playing guitar in the 1954 A Star is Born.    I have a vague memory of someone of note playing piano on-screen in Bullitt but there's nothing in IMDB.   Maybe Lalo Schiffrin who did the music. 

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