Edison thereafter pursued a varied career as leader of his own groups, traveling with Jazz at the Philharmonic and freelancing with other orchestras. In , he recorded the first of three albums with Ben Webster. According to the Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Seventies , Edison in the s and s continued to work in many orchestras on television shows, including Hollywood Palace and The Leslie Uggams Show , specials with Frank Sinatra; prominently featured on the sound track and in the sound track album of the film, Lady Sings the Blues.
He appeared frequently in Europe and Japan until shortly before his death. Edison died of prostate cancer at his home in Columbus, Ohio at the age of From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Sweets Edison. Harry Edison. In the s, Edison toured with Jazz at the Philharmonic , settled in Los Angeles, and was well-featured both as a studio musician most noticeably on Frank Sinatra records and on jazz dates.
He had several reunions with Count Basie in the s and by the '70s was often teamed with Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis ; Edison also recorded an excellent duet album for Pablo with Oscar Peterson.
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Night at the Concord Pavilion. Metronome All-Star Bands. Young played clarinet as well as tenor in these sessions. Young is described as playing the clarinet in a "liquid, nervous style. Billie and Lester met at a Harlem jam session in the early 30s and worked together in the Count Basie band and in nightclubs on New York's 52nd St.
At one point Lester moved into the apartment Billie shared with her mother, Sadie Fagan. Holiday always insisted their relationship was strictly platonic. After Young's clarinet was stolen in , he abandoned the instrument until about That year Norman Granz gave him one and urged him to play it with far different results at that stage in Young's life—see below.
Young left the Basie band in late He is rumored to have refused to play with the band on Friday, December 13 of that year for superstitious reasons spurring his dismissal,  although Young and drummer Jo Jones would later state that his departure had been in the works for months. He subsequently led a number of small groups that often included his brother, drummer Lee Young , for the next couple of years; live and broadcast recordings from this period exist.
During this period Young accompanied the singer Billie Holiday in a couple of studio sessions during - period and also made a small set of recordings with Nat "King" Cole their first of several collaborations in June His studio recordings are relatively sparse during the to period, largely due to the recording ban by the American Federation of Musicians. Small record labels not bound by union contracts continued to record and he recorded some sessions for Harry Lim's Keynote label in In December Young returned to the Basie fold for a month stint, cut short by his being drafted into the army during World War II see below.
Recordings made during this and subsequent periods suggest Young was beginning to make much greater use of a plastic reed, which tended to give his playing a somewhat heavier, breathier tone although still quite smooth compared to that of many other players.
While he never abandoned the cane reed, he used the plastic reed a significant share of the time from until the end of his life. Another cause for the thickening of his tone around this time was a change in saxophone mouthpiece from a metal Otto Link to an ebonite Brilhart. Unlike many white musicians, who were placed in band outfits such as the ones led by Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw , Young was assigned to the regular army where he was not allowed to play his saxophone.
McClellan , Alabama, Young was found with marijuana and alcohol among his possessions. He was soon court-martialed. Young did not fight the charges and was convicted. He served one traumatic year in a detention barracks  and was dishonorably discharged in late His experience inspired his composition "D.
Blues" with D. Young's career after World War II was far more prolific and lucrative than in the pre-war years in terms of recordings made, live performances, and annual income. He made many studio recordings under Granz's supervision as well, including more trio recordings with Nat King Cole.
Young also recorded extensively in the late s for Aladdin Records , where he had made the Cole recordings in and for Savoy , '49 and '50 , some sessions of which included Basie on piano. While the quality and consistency of his playing ebbed gradually in the latter half of the s and into the early s, he also gave some brilliant performances during this stretch. Especially noteworthy are his performances with JATP in , , andOct 30, · Pres & Sweets, an Album by Lester Young & Harry Edison. Released in September on Norgran (catalog no. MGN ; Vinyl LP). Genres: Bebop. Featured peformers: Harry Edison (trumpet), Lester Young (tenor saxophone), Oscar Peterson (piano), Herb Ellis (guitar), Ray Brown (bass), Buddy Rich (drums)/5(2).