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Lush Life (1993)

R | | Drama | TV Movie October 1993
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Superb drama about two best friends who play jazz in night clubs.



Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernie Andrews ...
Al Gorky
Buddy Arnold ...
Buddy Chester
Janice Oliver
Valerie Bickford ...
Trombone #1
Lester (as Alex Desert)
Pat Distefano ...
Session Leader
Charlie Heath ...
Young Man
Tom La Grua ...
Howard (as Tom LaGrua)
Laraine Mestman ...
Party Guest #1


Superb drama about two best friends who play jazz in night clubs.

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Release Date:

October 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jazz dans la nuit  »

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1.78 : 1
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The musicians featured throughout the film are members of the Hollywood Studio Symphony orchestra. See more »


References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »


I'm Old Fashioned
by Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer
Sung by Sue Raney
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A superb celebration of modern jazz
14 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a real modern jazz movie; there are precious few of those, notwithstanding the efforts of those who have gone before or since. The "buddy" aspect, ala "Brian's Song" is well done, but for me, the energy is in the music, which is given as much rein as a drama from Hollywood permits.This music is mainstream hard bop, superbly performed by Chuck Findlay (trumpet) among others.I believed in the musicians' love of the music for its own sake.

I think it very strange that in the entire history of "modern" jazz, which for most musicologists occupies the period 1942-present, only "Round Midnight" and "Bird" and (maybe)"Giant Steps" address the music in a meaningful way on a par with this film, documentaries and concert films excluded.

One sees clearly that "Lush Life" is a labor born of love, destined to be a largely overlooked made for TV film.

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