Duke Ellington in Saint-Louis (Missouri) - 1939

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 164:

In 1939 we were playing the Coronado Hotel in St. Louis. After the gig one night, the cats in the band went out jumpin' in the after-hours joints. They landed up in a hot spot on the second floor of Jesse Johnson's restaurant, where they heard and jammed with a young bass player--Jimmy Blanton. Billy Strayhorn and Ben Webster dashed over to my hotel and came into my room raving about him. I had to get up and go with them to hear him, and I flipped like everybody else. It seemed that Jimmy had done most of his playing with his mother, a pianist, and his big band experience was limited. But …   more >>

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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 164. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429446060517 accessed: 18 July, 2024

location of experience: Saint-Louis (Missouri)


Duke Ellington
lyricist, performer, piantist, Composer […]

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Bass music performed by Jimmy Blanton

Experience Information

Date/Time 1939
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:21:00 +0100
Approved on Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:34:37 +0100