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Anybody here see Lester Young, Billie Holiday or Bird?

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 I'm old enough to have seen them when I was a  teenager  but they weren't likely to have shown up in the small town I  Iived in.  

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Larry Kart recently mentioned having seen Lester Young at a mid-1950s JATP concert iirc.

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18 minutes ago, Brad said:

Only in my dreams. 

Right - all dead by the time I was listening.

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I wonder how many people in general are still alive who saw all three.  Roy Haynes, obviously (he *played* with two of them--did he ever gig with Billie?), Sonny Rollins, and Dan Morgenstern come to mind in terms of jazz world figures; I'm sure there are some others--fans who were teenagers when JATP was on the road in the late 1940s and throughout much of the 1950s.    

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There is a broadcast of Billie Holiday from April, 1959 from Boston with Mal Waldron, Champ Jones, and Roy Haynes.

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11 minutes ago, John L said:

There is a broadcast of Billie Holiday from April, 1959 from Boston with Mal Waldron, Champ Jones, and Roy Haynes.

Sadly, I didn't move to the Boston area until 1973.

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I guess the two people I saw whom you'd have to be just about as old as me to have seen were Coltrane and Wes Montgomery. 

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I saw Billie Holiday live on British television in the Spring of 1959 when I was 19.

I was in Manchester. I guess she was in London.

Another I saw (1957) who's been gone a very long time (1964) was Jack Teagarden.

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Already mentioned  here several years ago that I was to accompany  François Postif when he interviewed Lester Young but had to abstain because I had to prépare an important school  examination. My eternal  regrets!

As for Lady Day,  caught her when she .sang at the Paris Olympia in November 1958. She was not in top form .but I found her beautiful.

Saw  her also shortly after when she and Mal Waldron had dinner   with Postif and à couple of friends at  Chez Gaby’s near Pigalle.  She was in top form that night.

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On 27/04/2022 at 3:26 PM, BillF said:

I saw Billie Holiday live on British television in the Spring of 1959 when I was 19.

I was in Manchester. I guess she was in London.

A clip of that was on the recent Billie Holiday documentary, I think the engagement was at the London Palladium. Mal Waldron was on piano and is visible in the clip.

They ‘colourised’ the clip in the documentary.

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