Duke Ellington in Detroit - early 20th Century

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, pages 166-7:

Herb Jeffries was a kid we knew around Detroit. When he got involved in a series of movies as a singing cowboy, he became known as the "Bronze Buckeroo." His style inclined to the falsetto then, but it was very well accepted. We knew his family, and one day we agreed that he would come with us just for the fun of it, expenses, and a little plus. While he was with us, we played quite a few theatres and picture houses. Between shows, while everybody else was playing poker, Herb would be ad-libbing and doing imitations all over the place. He did all the singers of that time, as well as Amos …   more >>

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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 166-7. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429446293800 accessed: 20 June, 2024

location of experience: Detroit


Duke Ellington
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singing in the style of Bing Crosby performed by Herb Jeffries

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:24:53 +0100
Approved on Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:40:26 +0100