Tag: jazz

Me, myself and I

April 9, 2016 0 Comments
Me, myself and I

Billie Holiday and Lester Young had as close and creative a musical friendship as any two people could.  All agree: the pair themselves, their friends and musical colleagues, their biographers, and anyone else with a view. How can you get a proper sense of that friendship, 70 and 80 years after the event?  The scattered […]

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Lester Young and ‘Oh! Lady be Good’

July 4, 2013 3 Comments
Lester Young and ‘Oh! Lady be Good’

At 10 o’clock in the morning of Monday 9 November 1936 – an unlikely day and an even unlikelier hour for jazz musicians – five people assembled in the studios of the American Record Corporation in Chicago.  They played just four short pieces.  Two of them, the first appearance of Lester Young on record, constitute […]

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