The Hustler

from The Life and Music of Kenny Davern: Just Four Bars by Edward N. Meyer (Scarecrow Press, 2010, p. 49)

The Hustler was a movie starring Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott, and Piper Laurie in the story of a self-destructive pool hustler, played by Newman, who gets involved with Laurie, an alcoholic cripple. George C. Scott portrayed the cruel and devious manager of a pool shark named Minnesota Fats, played by Jackie Gleason.

One of the scenes takes place at a party in Louisville, Kentucky. Director Robert Rossen hired trumpeter Dan Terry to put together a dixieland band and to write a piece of music for them to play. Terry hired Roswell Rudd on trombone, [clarinetist Kenny] Davern, Phil Woods on alto saxophone, guitarist Billy Bauer, and drummer Bunny Shawker. The tune he wrote was titled Louisville, and they shot the scene about a year before the movie was released in the fall of 1961.

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