Duke Ellington in Harlem - mid 20th Century

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, pages 126-128:

[Everything 'Tricky Sam' Joe Nanton did] was up the top of the horn. Luckily we had Bubber Miley as his plunger mate. Tricky had been using the plunger before, and he had all those sounds, but they were a little too sophisticated to be appreciated by the average listener who would walk into a jam session. By sophisticated, I mean that he had had to devise a technique, because those sounds had to be precise. There were certain distances the plunger had to be away from the mute inside the bell, and there was the matter of when you squeezed it. There were certain tones and a certain pitch that …   more >>
cite as

Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 126-128. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429343026969 accessed: 16 October, 2021

location of experience: Harlem

Listeners

Duke Ellington
lyricist, performer, piantist, Composer […]
1899-1974

Listening to

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jazz music
written by Miles Davis
performed by Joe Nanton

Experience Information

Date/Time mid 20th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:43:47 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:32:16 +0100