Bunk Johnson in New Orleans - early 20th Century
That was the Crescent City [New Orleans] in them days, full of bars, honky-tonks, and barrel houses. A barrel house was just a piano in a hall. There was always a piano player working. When I was a kid, I'd go into a barrel house and play 'long with them piano players 'til early in the mornin'. We used to play nothin' but the blues.
I knew Mamie Desdoumes real well. Played many a concert with her singing those same blues. She was pretty good-looking, quite fair, with a nice head of hair. She was a hustlin' woman. A blues-singing poor gal. Used to play pretty passable piano … more >>
Nat Hentoff and Nat Shapiro, Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It (London, 1992), p. 7-8. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433339501662 accessed: 23 September, 2023
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|Blues||performed by Mamie Desdoumes|
|Date/Time||early 20th Century|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, indoors, in public|