Lester Young – Blues for Greasy (1950)

From YouTube, how ‘bout a little Friday jazz. It’s been that kind of week.

Life Magazine photographer Gjon Mili joined with jazz producer and Verve-label owner Norman Granz to produce the short film "Jammin

‘ the Blues" in 1944 with Lester Young, Red Callendar, Harry Edison, "Big" Sid Catlett, Illinois Jacquet, Barney Kessel, Jo Jones and Marie Bryant. The film was nominated for Best Short Subject at the 1945 Academy Awards, but didn’t win.

The pair came together again in 1950 to shoot footage of leading jazz artists of the day, but when funding dried up, the film ceased production and sat on shelves for 50 years (except for a few snippets which found their way onto bootlegs).
Blues For Greasy is one of those pieces shot by Gjon Mili and Norman Granz, using musicians from his Jazz at the Philharmonic tour.

Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison: trumpet, Lester Young: Tenor Sax, Flip Phillips: Tenor Sax, Bill Harris: Trombone, Hank Jones: Piano, Ray Brown: Bass, Buddy Rich: Drums, Ella Fitzgerald: Vocals

There so much goodness in this video. If this doesn’t start your toes tappin’, nothing will.  :o)


About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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One Response to Lester Young – Blues for Greasy (1950)

  1. kitten says:

    Jim Darling,Jazz on any day is always a delight but this is a wonderfully sweet post, this piece not only packs a wallop but what a treat I did indeed tap my toes. I love Ella too; she most certainly has that unmistakable voice… grand post darling so nice I listened twice…Stevens father was a trumpet player played with some of the greats…he recently found packed away in a old dusty trunk his sax, flute, two trumpets, a soprano sax and a trombone when I get around to it I am going to take a picture of the group for my blog.Just goes to show one, you never know what you will find buried in the attic…I was smiling finding such a family treasure…I leave you with my wish for a most wondrous fall day and an equally smashing weekend darling again thank you for a most delightful moment.Hugs Catherine

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