Ethel Waters et al. in Chicago - the 1910's

from His Eye Is On the Sparrow, page 147:

All during the tour I kept nagging at him. I said he couldn't play as I wanted him to. When we reached Chicago I got some piano rolls that Jimmy Johnson had made and pounded out each passage to Henderson. To prove to me he could do it, Fletch began to practice. He got so perfect, listening to James P. Johnson play on the player piano, that he could press down the keys as the roll played, never missing a note. Naturally, he began to be identified with that kind of music, which isn't his kind at all. Even today, almost thirty years later, I practically have to insult Fletcher Henderson to …   more >>
cite as

Charles Samuels and Ethel Waters, His Eye Is On the Sparrow (1950), p. 147. accessed: 3 March, 2024

location of experience: Chicago


Ethel Waters
dancer, Singing
Fletcher Henderson
Arranger, Bandleader, Pianist

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by Gill on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:31:39 +0100
Approved on Fri, 25 Sep 2015 20:10:30 +0100