Up the Lazy River – Gerry Mulligan 1963
Dinah Shore ranks as one of the important on-air musical stars of the first two decades of television in the United States. Indeed from 1956 through 1963 there were few more well-known TV personalities.. As hostess, she sometimes danced and frequently participated in comedy skits, but was best loved as a smooth vocalist reminiscent of a style associated with the 1940s.
We see her here in a show where she is backed up by the young Gerry Mulligan on bariton sax.
Though Mulligan is primarily known as one of the leading baritone saxophonists in jazz history - playing the instrument with a light and airy tone in the era of cool jazz - he was also a notable arranger, working with Claude Thornhill, Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, and others. Mulligan's pianoless quartet of the early 1950s with trumpeter Chet Baker is still regarded as one of the more important cool jazz groups.