Duke Ellington in New York City

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, pages 109-111:

Willie "The Lion" Smith--would that I were sufficiently prolific to expound on the endless excitement and adventure of my first meeting and total exposure to this melodic, harmonic kaleidoscope. My first impression of The Lion--even before I saw him--was the thing I felt as I walked down those steps [to the Capitol Palace, NY]. A strange thing… To those who had become acclimatized --the tempo was the lope--actually everything and everybody seemed to be doing whatever they were doing in the tempo The Lion's group was laying down. The walls and furniture seemed to lean understandingly--one …   more >>
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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 109-111. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429105731883 accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: New York City


Duke Ellington
lyricist, performer, piantist, Composer […]

Listening to

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Piano music
written by Mozart
performed by Willie "The Lion" Smith

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:48:52 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:23:38 +0100