Duke Ellington in Turf Hotel - the 1940's

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 223:

I first met Al Hibbler in Little Rock, Arkansas. I knew he was a singer but had never heard him sing. Our paths crossed several times before 1943, when we were playing the Hurricane Club at Forty-ninth and Broadway. Mary Lou Williams and Shorty Baker came up and told me that Al Hibbler was downstairs in the Turf, and that there was a possibility of getting him to sing for us. So they brought him up, and he sang something. I naturally liked it, but the thought of adding to the payroll was a cause of concern, and a smart business mind would not have considered it. But me--well, my ear makes …   more >>

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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 223. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429610532692 accessed: 18 June, 2024

location of experience: Turf Hotel


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

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male singing performed by Al Hibbler

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:02:12 +0100
Approved on Wed, 17 May 2017 10:40:57 +0100