Duke Ellington in New York City

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 113:

Other times [in New York], Lippy and the bunch would get together, get James [P. Johnson] cornered, find a taxi, or maybe walk over to someone's house, and ring the bell. This would be 3 or 4 a.m. … "This is Lippy," the answer would be. "I got James with me." Those doors flew open. Lights switched on. Cupboards emptied, and everybody took a little taste. Then it was me, or maybe Fats, who sat down to warm up the piano. After that, James took over. Then you got real invention --magic, sheer magic.
cite as

Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 113. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429301625362 accessed: 18 April, 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 J.P. Johnson, Fats Waller

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:13:45 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:26:00 +0100