Lemmony Snippet: Jack’s Jazz Piano At Cafe Carlyle

We close our tribute to Jazz Appreciation Month with the short clip above, in which Jack Lemmon demonstrates his impressive piano chops at Cafe Carlyle with Bobby Short. Not one sour note.

Lemmon was born to play the sack-suited, dyspeptic advertising man of the Atomic Age. We’ve previously done posts on his films “Good Neighbor Sam,” “Bell, Book And Candle,” and “The Days Of Wine And Roses.” And from the early days of Ivy Style, check out our collection of LIFE Magazine shots, “When LIFE Gives You Lemmons.”

Since some of you may find the above clip aurally offensive, we’ve provided some photos to look at while you protect your delicate eardrums. — CC

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7 Comments on "Lemmony Snippet: Jack’s Jazz Piano At Cafe Carlyle"

  1. Seems to me that the suit from “Bell book and candle” is a Brooks Brothers gray flannel suit.
    The iconic American suit of 50s!

  2. Enough with the Zazz!

  3. It can’t get any better than this. Thanks for more than the memory.

  4. Jack Lemmon, a class act all the way. Not many could act so goofy when called to (Felix Unger) and play so elegantly.

  5. A. E. W. Mason | April 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm |

    Quite honestly, that almost brought tears to my eyes. Lemmon is a genius. Favorite movie: “Save the Tiger,” for which, I think, he got an Oscar. For me, it’s THE movie about middle-age, the world moving past your own generation, and life throwing a bucket of cold water on your “ideals.” It opens, and closes I think, with that amazing tune, “I Can’t Get Started.” For this (somewhat lapsed) musician certain jazz expresses, in a uniquely American way, the cosmic sadness (if that’s the right description) that for most of us attends at least some part of the time between birth and death. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lemmon chose the music for “Save the Tiger.”

    CC, a thousand thanks.

  6. Richard Meyer | April 30, 2013 at 4:19 pm |

    Bobby Short’s bowtie is deliberately slighly askew (See his bio “Saloon Singer”)

  7. Beautiful. Would love to see or hear of a contemporary major Hollywood actor doing something like this but sadly not sure I can imagine it. In the olden days my family would go every year to Pebble Beach to see what was then called the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am. Lemmon played every year and was famous for never having made the cut. If I remember right he had a very quick and flat golf swing. Always friendly to the spectators. I second Bob’s remark…class. He always felt to me a tad vulnerable. I think that is what makes his genius deeper than some of the others, for me. Thank you so much for posting this.

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