Music has a way of triggering powerful memories and feelings with just a few simple notes. Julian Lee is a jazz and swing musician who became a legend in the industry thanks to his seemingly effortless mastery of the keys. Born blind, he earned the nickname “Golden Ears” and spent his career playing multiple instruments as well as producing for other artists.
The 94-year-old had to retire after suffering a stroke, so in 2018, two old friends, jazz icons James Morrison and Don Burrows, visited Julian at his home. They couldn’t resist playing a little music together, even though Julian hadn’t touched a piano since his stroke.
In a video James shared online, we get to sit with these legendary performers as they take on Ella Fitzgerald’s “After You’ve Gone.” Julian plays the melody with one hand, while James plays the flugelhorn and helps Julian out on piano with his other hand. You can see the joy that crosses Julian’s face as the music flows from his fingertips!
He was clearly born with this talent, and it’s beautiful to see it emerge after all this time! See these legends in action in the video below, and don’t forget to share this story.
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