Lester Young at Philo label(2)

June 30.2017

Granz PR Photo

Photo above of Norman Granz by courtesy of Penn State News

Norman Granz had helped Lester young land a recording contract for the Philo label.

Actually  Norman Granz served as Supervisor for the Philo recordings.

Lester Young had a relation with Norman in the early 1940s.

In the late 1930s Lester Young had risen to prominence with Count Basie’s big band.

But Lester Young had left Basie in 1940.

Ella Fitzgerald with drummer Lee Young, and husband Ray Brown and Hank Jones (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Then Lester and his brother, Lee Young had appeared in the clubs on Central Avenue in Los Angeles.

When Norman was a student at UCLA, he often had listened to Lester’s performance.

Since then, he became close to Lester.

Photo by Discogs

Photo by Wikipedia

Also Norman had a relation with Nat Cole in the early 1940s .

In those days Norman had been in Hollywood and used to hang out at the Swanee Inn.

The Swanee Inn was a nightclub where Nat Cole had been playing.

Fortunately Norman Granz and Nat Cole had a close friendship.

So the supervisor Norman arranged for them to meet for Philo’s recordings.

Norman GranzはLester YoungのPhilo録音に深く関わっています。
実際、Norman Granzはこのレコーディングのsupervisor(録音監督者)を務めました。
1940年代初めNorman GranzとLester Young は知り合いになっていました。
1930年代後半、Lester Young はCount Basie big Bandで大活躍していましたが、1940年に退団してしまいました。(退団の理由は諸説あります)
その後、弟のLee Young(ds)とバンドを結成しロサンゼルスのセントラルアベニューにあるクラブに出演していました。
同時期にNorman GranzはUCLAの学生で、Lester Young の演奏を熱心聞いていました。
それ以来Norman GranzとLester Young は懇意になリました。
又、Norman GranzはNat Coleとも仲の良い関係でした。
1940年代初期、Norman GranzはハリウッドにあったナイトクラブSwanee Innの常連でした。
Swanee InnではNat Coleがレギュラー出演しており、二人は気の置けない関係になりました。
そういうわけでNorman GranzはPhiloでの録音に二人を引き合わせました。

Here is Body Lester Young plays “Body and Soul”.

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