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From Jazz '34: Remembrances of Kansas City Swing


Robert Altman did a lot of great things behind a lens and this was one of the greatest.

He gathered top contemporary musicians (see list below) and set them in 1934 Kansas City.

Kansas City was one of the top drivers of the music during this period.

A quirky prosperity based on graft, vice and slaughterhouses gave the city immunity to the worst of the ravages of the Great Depression and music joints and musicians packed the city morning, noon and night.

A musical paradise recreated by a genius director who loved the music.


Joshua Redman as Lester Young - tenor sax
Craig Handy as Coleman Hawkins - tenor sax
James Carter as Ben Webster - tenor sax
Dadid Murray - tenor sax
Jesse Davis - alto sax
David "Fathead" Newman Jr. - alto sax
Don Byron - clarinet/baritone sax
Olu Dara - cornet
Nicholas Payton - trumpet
James Zollar - trumpet
Curtis Fowlkes - trombone
Clark Gayton - trombone
Victor Lewis as Joe Jones - drums
Geri Allen as Mary Lou Williams - piano
Cyrus Chestnut as Count Basie - piano
Ron Carter - bass
Christian McBride - bass
Tyron Clarke - bass
Russell Malone - guitar
Mark Whitefield - guitar
Kevin Mahogany - vocal

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