Portrait of Pee Wee Russell
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This phenomenal DVD release includes rare documentaries of two of the most extraordinary figures in jazz, clarinettist Pee Wee Russell and jazz tap extraordinaire Baby Laurence.
Pee Wee Russell career encompasses the entire history of jazz, ranging from his early days with such important traditionalists as Jack teagarden, Louis Prima, Eddie Condon and Bobby Hackett, to his later work with the likes of Jimmy Giuffre and Thelonious Monk.
A musician of unparalleled sensitivity and imagination, Russell's life took an unexpected turn when he discovered his love for painting.
This documentary focuses on him in the act of painting, with his breathtaking music providing the soundtrack.
Baby Laurence's life and work of the indisputable king of jazz tap. He was busy pioneering a new style of tap jazz designed to accompany the likes of such legendary figures as Art Tatum, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Bud Powell.