Milton Mesirow, better known as Mezz Mezzrow (9 November, 1899–5 August, 1972) was an American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist from Chicago, Illinois.Mezzrow is well-known for organizing and financing historic recording sessions with Tommy Ladnier and Sidney Bechet. Mezzrow also recorded a number of times with Bechet and briefly acted as manager for Louis Armstrong. However, he is remembered as much for being a colorful character in his autobiography Really The Blues as for his music.
Mezzrow has never been ranked as one of the best jazz musicians (some critics have ranked his musical abilities as below mediocre), but he organized and took part in some magnificent recording sessions involving the very best black musicians of the 1930s and '40s, including Benny Carter, Teddy Wilson, Frankie Newton, Tommy Ladnier and - most importantly - Sidney Bechet. Mezzrow's superb 1938 sessions for the French jazz critic Hugues Panassie involved Bechet and Ladnier and helped