Duke Ellington in New York City

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, pages 112-113:

Later, when I showed up in New York, I found him [James P. Johnson] there, and I met Lippy, too, his dear friend, his pal… James was doing pretty good [but] he never lost contact with his foundations, with the real, wonderful people in Harlem. Harlem had its own rich, special folklore… So there in that atmosphere I became one of the close disciples of the James P. Johnson style. Some nights we'd wind up--James, Fats Waller, Sonny Greer, and I--and go down to Mexico's to hear The Lion… So we would sit around, and during intermission I would move over to the piano. Then it would be …   more >>
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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 112-113. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429301384763 accessed: 16 June, 2024

location of experience: New York City


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

Listening to

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'Ivie' performed by Fats Waller
piano combat performed by J.P. Johnson, Willie "The Lion" Smith

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:09:44 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:25:29 +0100