Jimmy McPartland in Chicago - the 1910's

from Interview with Jimmy McPartland, jazz cornetist, pages 16-17:

Now one night, it was a mixed neighborhood as I say, on Lake and Polina Street on the West Side of Chicago. And there were eight colored men, blind colored men.... Two or three basses and banjos and a guitar, mandolin and guitar. And they were singing spirituals. Gospel music. And my brother and I were, let me preface this by saying this. We were tough little monkeys in those days. Rough kids, you know, that's a tough neighborhood. And we would steal everything we could lay our hands on. We were bad.... So we could hear this music and go over to see these eight guys...playing this music which …   more >>
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Jimmy McPartland, Interview with Jimmy McPartland, jazz cornetist. In Jazz Oral History Project, Rutgers University, number 70.4.1, p. 16-17. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1368806907 accessed: 18 June, 2024

location of experience: Chicago


Jimmy McPartland

Listening to

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Gospel music

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1910's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:10:31 +0000