Cultural Lesson #1  

Posted by Tony Guerrero

I recently showed this video to a friend. Its simply one of the best musical moments ever and features some of the great legends of jazz (primarily the amazing singer Billie Holiday, who would die from drug abuse less than two years after this footage) in a one-time only impromptu jam session televised in 1957. I don't have room to tell you each musician's story, but each of these people led storied lives. This music is ripe with their life experiences, their sufferings, their joys. As Louis Armstrong said, “You blows who you is."

Cool things to watch for:
1. Billie's facial reaction to Lester Young's sax solo at 2:55
2. Roy Eldridge's screaming trumpet at 7:05
3. Note how each musician has their own unique "voice" - for instance, the first two sax players are on the same instrument, but sound vastly different.

Kick back and let it draw you in for a few moments.
You'll be richer for it.
Let me know what you thought...


(If all you see is black space, click in the space
and it will take you to the clip on YouTube)

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3 comments

"love will make you do things that you know is wrong"...

such a great video.
thank you.

4/04/2008 11:48 PM

Thanks for sharing this, Tony. Great jazz piece. The internet is great to preserve things like this and share with people who never heard the original. Very interesting piece. Thanks.

4/06/2008 8:46 AM

Very very cool. What a great "tune", as you would say. The synergy between players and Billie is amazing. Pretty cool.

4/10/2008 3:31 PM

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