Duke Ellington in City of Toledo - early 20th Century

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, pages 169-170:

I first met Art Tatum in Toledo, Ohio, which was his home and base at the time. Friends had been talking about him, telling me how terrific he was, yet I was unprepared for what I heard. I immediately began telling him that he should be in New York. Quite a lot of what he was doing was taken right off the player-piano rolls, and I felt that the action and competition would do much good in helping to project that part of himself which was covered up by the carbon-copy things he did so perfectly. Also, I knew that once in New York he would be drawn into the Gladiator Scene with some real bad …   more >>

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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 169-170. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429446528591 accessed: 21 June, 2024

location of experience: City of Toledo


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

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Piano music performed by Art Tatum

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:28:48 +0100
Approved on Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:39:58 +0100