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 Mez Mezzrow

Mez Mezzrow

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 5 Aug 1972 (aged 72)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Plot Division 87 (columbarium), urn 14571
Memorial ID 7658 · View Source
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Musician. Born Milton Mesirow in Chicago, Illinois, he was a jazz clarinetist and saxophonist dubbed as Mezz the Hipster. During the 1920s and 1930s, he was a respected player known for organizing and financing historic recording sessions. With his own record label, King Jazz Records, which featured himself in groups that included Sidney Bechet, Tommy Ladnier, Louis Armstrong, Benny Carter and many more, he recorded some of the best mainstream jazz music of all time. In 1953, he moved to Paris with ex-Count Basie trumpeter Buck Clayton, where he made what is probably his best ever album, the classic "West End Blues". For the next twenty years, he was a regular fixture on the International scene appearing at jazz festival and fairs until his death.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 12 Dec 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7658
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mez Mezzrow (9 Nov 1899–5 Aug 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7658, citing Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .