Biography
Mezz Mezzrow occupies an odd and unique place in jazz history. Although an enthusiastic clarinetist, he was never much of a player, sounding best on the blues. A passionate proponent for Chicago and New Orleans jazz and a protagonist for the rights of Blacks (he meant well, but tended to overstate his case), Mezzrow was actually most significant for writing his colorful and somewhat fanciful memoirs, Really the Blues, and for being a reliable supplier of marijuana in the 1930s and '40s. In the 1920s, he was part of the Chicago jazz scene, at first helping the young white players and then annoying them with his inflexible musical opinions. Mezzrow recorded with the Jungle Kings, the Chicago Rhythm Kings, and Eddie Condon during 1927 and 1928, often on tenor. In the 1930s, he led a few swing-oriented dates that featured all-star integrated bands in 1933 and 1934 and in 1936 and 1937. The French critic Hugues Panassie was always a big supporter of Mezzrow's playing, and Mezz was well-featured on sessions in 1938 with Tommy Ladnier and Sidney Bechet: "Really the Blues" is a near-classic. Mezzrow had his own King Jazz label between 1945 and 1947, mostly documenting ensemble-oriented blues jams with Bechet and occasionally Hot Lips Page. After appearing at the 1948 Nice Jazz Festival, Mezzrow eventually moved to France, where he recorded fairly regularly between 1951 and 1955 (including with Lee Collins and Buck Clayton), along with a final album in 1959. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi



 
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Mezz Mezzrow & Sidney Bechet - Tommy's Blues
Mezz Mezzrow - Mineur Avec Un Pont
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Mezz Mezzrow - Blues Avec Un Pont (Lent)
Mezz Mezzrow - House Party - 1945
Mezz Mezzrow American Swing in Paris
Mezz Mezzrow and his orchestra - Hot Club Stomp - 1937
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