About Harry "Sweets" Edison
Sweets Edison earned his moniker from Lester Young when they played together in Count Basie's band. A mainstay of the Swing generation, Edison's economical, perfectly phrased trumpet sound fit in with Bop and West Coast Cool (where Edison became a studio powerhouse after being handpicked by Frank Sinatra as his main soloist in the early 50s). Sweets recorded a sterling set of albums on his own, but is best known for his work with Sinatra, Charlie Parker, Nat Cole, Ben Webster, Quincy Jones, Ella Fitzgerald and just about every other big name in mainstream jazz. A great raconteur, Sweets has brightened up countless jazz documentaries and oral histories.