This month saw the passing, at the astonishing age of 103, of the last of the iconic actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age. There is no need for a full obituary here or summation of Kirk Douglas’s storied career and status as true colossus of the silver screen (and the stage — a fact oft forgotten). That work is best done and has been done by many others since the news of his passing on Feb. 5.

The most appropriate tribute we can pay at JAZZ.FM91 is to call attention to Douglas’s performance as troubled jazz trumpeter Rick Martin in the 1950 film Young Man with a Horn, directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca) and co-starring Doris Day (in only her fourth screen appearance), Lauren Bacall (Douglas’s old friend from AMDA in New York) and pianist-composer Hoagy Carmichael as the narrator and Martin’s loyal friend and sideman.

The film is based on a 1938 novel of the same name by Dorothy Baker, which in turn was loosely based on the tragic life of Bix Beiderbecke (a friend of Carmichael’s) who died in 1931 of causes related to alcohol abuse at age 28. Beiderbecke, in the words of jazz critic Terry Teachout, was (along with Armstrong) one of “the twin lines of descent from which most of today’s jazz can be traced.”