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Azz Izz Jazz


Jacqueline Frazier’s Azz Izz Jazz showcases jazz legend Billie Harris who performs in studio with a quartet featuring Harris on soprano sax.  Among the songs performed is “I Want Some Water,” a composition that Harris, in voice-over, credits, as with all his songs, to his young children who were his inspiration.  In 1970, Harris, who died last year, founded the Venice, CA jazz club the Azz Izz which hosted such luminaries as Art Blakey, Horace Tapscott, Bobby Hutcherson and Billy Higgins.  —Trisha Lendo

Digital preservation from 3/4” U-matic tape by UCLA Film & Television Archive, Digital Lab.