in New York City - in the beginning of 1949

from Diary of a Young Musician: Final Days of the Big Band Era, page 36:

The end of my first year at Juilliard was coming to a close, and my six months of residency was long past, so I decided to go to the musician’s union to apply for my American Federation of Musician’s card. A bunch of old union guys with Italian accents led me into a musty hall for my trombone audition. The first song I decided to play was, “Torno Sorrento,” an Italian folk song I was positive they knew. As I played they literally melted before my eyes with smiles, heads nodding, and after the song they acted like I was one of the “Sons of Italy.” It came as no surprise …   more >>
cite as

Felix Mayerhofer, Diary of a Young Musician: Final Days of the Big Band Era (2006), p. 36. accessed: 15 April, 2024

location of experience: New York City

Listening to

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Torna a Surriento
written by Ernesto De Curtis
performed by Felix Mayerhofer

Experience Information

Date/Time in the beginning of 1949
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:38:07 +0000