Duke Ellington - the 1930's

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 122:

Lawrence Brown was born in Lawrence, Kansas, and he acquired a wonderful background in all kinds of music--classical, radio, television, show music, gospel, spiritual, pop, and so-called jazz. He had been playing in Les Hite's band with Louis Armstrong at Sebastian's Cotton Club in Los Angeles before he joined us in 1932, and he had quite a reputation as a kind of "strolling violin," going from table to table playing very soft, beautiful melody.

As a soloist, his taste is impeccable, but his greatest role is that of an accompanist. The old-timers used to say, "Soloists are made, but…   more >>

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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 122. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429376699910 accessed: 19 October, 2021

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

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unknown music performed by Lawrence Brown

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Date/Time the 1930's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:04:59 +0100
Approved on Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:15:21 +0100