The Sound of Jazz | Chicago Reader

The Sound of Jazz

54 minutes 1957

A historic black-and-white TV show, broadcast live in December 1957, that brought together Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Henry "Red" Allen, Jimmy Rushing, Gerry Mulligan, the Jimmy Giuffre Trio, and Mal Waldron, among others. Young, making one of his last appearances, was well past his prime, but Holiday watching him play is reason enough to see this—and there are plenty of other reasons. Curiously, the LP album of this show released in the 50s wasn't the actual broadcast but a "re-creation."

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