Sunday, January 22nd
Spirit of Memphis Quartet (feat. Jethroe Bledsoe), “Lord Jesus” (Parts 1 & 2), rec. 1952 (live, Memphis [Mason’s Temple])
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On a cold, snowy night forty-six years ago, at a church thirty miles north of Chicago, my wife, Suzanne, and I were married. Saxophonist Von Freeman (1923-2012) and pianist John Young (1922-2008) provided the music, playing before the ceremony (“Over the Rainbow,” “It Never Entered My Mind,” “More”), during (Duke Ellington’s “In a Sentimental Mood,” as Suzanne walked down the aisle [unaccompanied saxophone]), and after (“My Favorite Things,” “Song for My Father”). All of this can be heard here (0:14-).