Duke Ellington in New York City - the 1920's

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, pages 120-121:

When I first came to New York, Count Basie was playing piano over on Fifth Avenue between 134th and 135th at a place called Edmond's… I used to go over there every night and stand on the opposite side of Fifth Avenue and listen to Count Basie wail. It was wonderful except for the fact that I was too young to be allowed into a place like that. One day, I shed my adolescence by putting on long pants. They thought I was a grown man and let me in. I fooled them, and I'm glad, because I finally got to stand alongside the piano and watch the great Count Basie.
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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 120-121. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429302198583 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 Count Basie

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1920's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:23:18 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:27:11 +0100