Meanwhile, Hollywood sound stages were forged in the Teaneck, New Jersey Armory; and the gas station were Emmet witnesses gangster gunplay was shot on Highway 9W in upstate New York.
Other locations included Camp Ramah, a Jewish summer camp; the landmark Brooklyn restaurant Gage & Tollners; an Elks Club in Queens; a private home in Piermont, New York; and Rockland State Park in Congers, New York. Laura Cunningham Bauer beautifully brought the 1930s costumes to life.
Woody Allen and his musical supervisor Dick Hyman chose the music for Sweet and Lowdown in collaboration. It was Hyman who suggested virtuoso guitarist Howard Alden, considered one of the most versatile and masterful jazz guitar players at work today, to provide the music for Emmet Ray. The soundtrack, released by Sony Classical Records, also includes original recordings of Django Reinhardt, as well as violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang, among others who made up the colorful jazz scene in the 1930s.