Duke Ellington in New York City - the 1920's

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: 15 August, 2022

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

Date/Time the 1920's
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