Lester Young

Dennis C. Owsley / Copyright William Gottleib

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, August 23 will be “The Norman Granz Labels-Part 3.”  Entrepreneur-Promoter Norman Granz founded the Clef, Norgran, Down Home, Verve and Pablo record labels.  Part 3 of this series presents recordings by Joe Pass, Lionel Hampton, Gerry Mulligan, Lester Young, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Bryant, Lee Konitz, Betty Carter, Bud Powell, John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Kenny Burrell, Benny Carter, Roy Eldridge and Billie Holiday, among others.

The Slide Show has my photographs of three of the artists heard on this show.

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Jazz Unlimited for April 26 will be “The Billie Centenary and New Music.”  Vocalist Billie Holiday set the standards for jazz vocals from the 1930’s up until today.  They are emotional honesty, good time and swing.  Very few have even attempted (unsuccessfully) to imitate her.  She will be heard singing both live and in studio singing from 1935 to 1957.  Her accompanists include Roy Eldridge, Lester Young, Benny Goodman, Ben Webster, Teddy Wilson, the Esquire All-Stars, the Jazz at the Philharmonic All-Stars, the Count Basie Band, the Artie Shaw band, the Eddie Heywood Orchestra, Carl Drink

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On December 2, 2012, our series on jazz recorded in left coast clubs continues with part four.  The featured artists will be Lester Young, Oscar Peterson, Joe Williams, Chet Baker, Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Haden, The Capp-Pierce Orchestra with Ernie Andrews, The Chico Hamilton Quintet, Les McCann, Ltd., the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, The Jazz Crusaders, the Don Ellis Orchestra, Nat Adderley, Joe Henderson, Bill Evans, Joe Zawinul, Weather Report and Max Roach.  Featured clubs inclide "The Haig" in Los Angeles, "Shelly's Manne Hole" and "The Bit" in Hollywood, "The Tradewinds" i