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Mezz Mezzrow

American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist

1899   -   1972

genre: jazz
country of citizenship: United States of America
occupation: clarinetist, jazz musician, saxophonist
influenced by: Sidney Bechet

Milton Mesirow (November 9, 1899 – August 5, 1972), better known as Mezz Mezzrow, was an American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist from Chicago, Illinois. He is well known for organizing and financing historic recording sessions with Tommy Ladnier and Sidney Bechet. He also recorded a number of times with Bechet and briefly acted as manager for Louis Armstrong. Mezzrow is equally well remembered as a colorful character, as portrayed in his autobiography, Really the Blues (which takes its title from a Bechet composition), co-written with Bernard Wolfe and published in 1946.
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