Follow this link to see and hear Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Cozy Cole, Johnny Guarnieri, Milt Hinton and others jamming in 1958.
While this film features a cheesy voiceover and singing that isn't to my taste, the musicians seem genuinely relaxed. Hawkins plays a remarkable version of Lover Man, while Eldridge keeps the lid on his excellent but sometimes histrionic trumpet playing.
I can now say I've watched with awe as Coleman Hawkins arrived at a gig and set up his horn. Is this how Ben Webster, Chu Berry, Prince Robinson and so many other sax players going way back to the early 1920s felt?