It’s April First. We have no Rifftides April Fool jokes, tricks, cartoons or gag shots. We have Billie Holiday. This is a 1937 recording with Buck Clayton, trumpet; Buster Bailey, clarinet; Lester Young, tenor saxophone; Teddy Wilson, piano; Freddie Green, guitar; Walter Page, bass; and Jo Jones, drums. Ms. Holiday sings about the saddest kind of fooling.
Twenty-one years later, Art Ford featured Billie Holiday on his Jazz Party television program. She revisited “Foolin’ Myself” and two other songs indelibly associated with her. This was July 10, 1958, a year—almost to the day—before she died.
Mal Waldron, Ms. Holiday’s last music director, was at the piano. The other players were her old pal Buck Clayton, trumpet; Tyree Glenn, trombone; Hank D’Amico, clarinet; Georgie Auld, tenor saxophone; Mary Osborne, guitar; Vinnie Burke, bass; and Osie Johnson, drums.