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Prez And Lady Day. Lester Young And Billie Holiday

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One of the most exciting teams in jazz featured singing sensation Billie Holiday and famed tenor saxophonist Lester Young. The pair first recorded together in 1937, a session that included the Irving Berlin composition This Year's Kisses. Other recordings followed, earning praise from critics and audiences who proclaimed the brief partnership a "musical romance." It was a landmark collaboration. 

In the 30s Billie Holiday and Lester Young recorded a series of memorable sides together.  "He's Funny That Way," "Travlin' All Alone" and "Easy Livin," are just a few. This edition of Riverwalk Jazz touches on their musical collaboration and the personal friendship between these two titans of jazz.