TODAY would be the 100th birthday of one of the greatest musicians in history.
I’ve been watching this 1957 video of “Fine and Mellow” for more than 20 years now and continue to love it.
There are so many great musicians on this track, but let me point out that Holiday’s greatest-even musical partner Lester Young, plays tenor saxophone here. The melancholy and understated saxophonist may be my all-time favorite musician, and his late-’30s recordings with her are simply peerless. (Young also gave Holiday her famous nickname.)
For now, a happy 100th to Lady Day.