Allen Keller et al. in City of Savannah - at the end of 1958

from Diary of a Young Musician: Final Days of the Big Band Era, pages 300-301:

Allen then commenced to unpack the cello and handed it to me. It felt strange even though I’d played a legitimate cello for a semester at college. He pulled out a large pad filled with chord symbols to standard songs and had me play them. It was easy to do as they were the root of each chord. They were both exuberant that I could do it so easily, but it didn’t take any real musicianship to play something so simple. This wasn’t real bass playing, not with a cello! A real bass player has to get around his instrument with great technique, improvise, play the chord changes by ear and …   more >>
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Felix Mayerhofer, Diary of a Young Musician: Final Days of the Big Band Era (2006), p. 300-301. accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: City of Savannah


Allen Keller
jazz pianist
Felix Mayerhofer
trombonist, Bandmaster, Writer
Jeannie Parker
jazz singer

Listening to

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Lullaby of Birdland performed by Allen Keller, Felix Mayerhofer, Jeannie Parker

Experience Information

Date/Time at the end of 1958
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


The hotel was the General Oglethorpe Hotel.

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:11:00 +0000