The musicians seen on screen throughout the film are actual Los Angeles musicians who perform and record film scores, with the exception of actors Jeff Goldblum, Forest Whitaker, Don Cheadle and 'Alex Desert'. Everette Harp seen early in the film at a recording session is an actual jazz saxophonist with a complete discography. Forest Whitaker also starred in another film based on jazz, "Bird" in which he played late jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker who is refernced in this film several times and plays the trumpet in reference to another great jazz musician, Clifford Brown. Lennie Niehaus, the film's composer and arranger's voice can be heard counting down the orchestra in the opening recording session that Jeff Goldblum and Forest Whitaker open the film with. Jack Sheldon who plays Norman, was a jazz trumpet player performing with the likes of Johnny Mandel and Stan Getz.