John Lewis - mid 20th Century

from The Great Jazz Pianists: Speaking of Their Lives and Music, page 76:

Which improvisers made an impression on you when you were starting out? 

Earl Hines. Several local pianists, because this was before there were many records available. Our principle local pianist though, was also influenced by Earl Hines. Jay McShann lived in town too, so that was another influence, and I remember having some lessons from Jay. Then I listened to broadcasts, mainly from the Grand Terrace in Chicago, though there were also some from L.A. There was much more good live jazz on the radio then than there is now. Live musicians were also employed by the radio…   more >>

cite as

Len Lyons, The Great Jazz Pianists: Speaking of Their Lives and Music (New York, ), p. 76. accessed: 24 June, 2024


John Lewis
Composer, Pianist

Listening to

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written by Miles Davis, Robert "Bumps" Blackwell
performed by Jay McShann, Earl Hines

Experience Information

Date/Time mid 20th Century
Medium live, playback
Listening Environment indoors

Originally submitted by Gill on Fri, 08 May 2015 10:55:36 +0100
Approved on Sat, 26 Sep 2015 12:49:54 +0100