Danny Barker in New Orleans - early 20th Century

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 52-53:

And then there was Black Benny, the drummer--six foot six--nothing but muscle. […] Black Benny was a great drummer. He had an African beat. He was something to see on the street with his bass drum that looked like a snare drum in front. You'd have to ask all the drummers how he did it, but he could move a whole band with just that bass drum. All the drummers could do it, but he had the reputation for being best at it. Everybody in New Orleans--for it was a very competitive city--had the reputation for doing something best.

cite as

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. 52-53. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433682451814 accessed: 29 May, 2022

location of experience: New Orleans

Listeners

Danny Barker
banjoist, Composer, Guitarist, Singing […]
1909-1994

Listening to

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New Orleans street parade music performed by Black Benny

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sun, 07 Jun 2015 14:07:32 +0100
Approved on Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:16:40 +0100