Duke Ellington in New York City

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: 14 July, 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 Count Basie

Experience Information

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