KBOO/Clinton Jazz Series presents I AM THE BLUES

We Real Cool


We Real Cool
Gwendolyn Brooks, 1917 - 2000

                    THE POOL PLAYERS.
                   SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL.

We real cool. We
Left school. We

Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We

Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We

Jazz June. We
Die soon.

Welcome to the new Jazz series at the Clinton Street Theater: REEL Cool. Every month a new film about jazz--might be a documentary, concert video, or narrative feature. We'll have guest speakers and live music, too. Stay tuned.

Many thanks to our media partner, KBOO Community Radio.kboo radio tower


KBOO/Clinton Jazz Series presents I AM THE BLUES



IMDB User Review

17 July 2016 | by Sean

This is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the greatest documentaries ever produced; and certainly the greatest regarding the lives of musicians. It's a film that stays with you long after you've watched it. Relatively devoid of any simple narrative structure, it consists of a series of interviews and observations of social gatherings of some of history's (wrongly) forgotten blues musicians. Almost equal to the music is the protagonists' capacity to talk endlessly about any issue under the sun. More than recording the thought and process of writing songs, the film ultimately becomes a meditation on the value of life as death approaches. It is inspiring to see how a group of tough old guys and girls have succeeded in transcending their material circumstances to create something truly beautiful.

I am the Blues movie poster
Daniel Cross
United States
106 minutes

I AM THE BLUES takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visiting the last original blues devils, many in their 80's, still living in the deep south, working without management and touring the Chitlin' Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, RL Boyce, Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes, Lil Buck Sinegal, LC Ulmer and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.

Special Admission

$7-10 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds.