Alberta Hunter in Chicago - early 20th Century

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 88:

That Dreamland was some place. It was big and always packed. And you had to be a singer then--there were no microphones and those bands were marvelous. King Oliver's band was there when I started (Louis [Armstrong] wasn't with him yet), and, I'm telling you, you could sing one chorus or fifty or sixty choruses and that band would never be a beat away. And they'd always end on the same note at the same time the singer did.

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Everybody would go to hear Tony Jackson after hours. Tony was just marvelous--a fine musician, spectacular, but still soft. He could …   more >>

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. 88. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433876013803 accessed: 16 October, 2021

location of experience: Chicago

Listeners

Alberta Hunter
blues singer, jazz singer
1895-1984

Listening to

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jazz band performed by Joe 'King' Oliver Band
jazz piano music performed by Tony Jackson

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 09 Jun 2015 19:53:34 +0100
Approved on Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:13:43 +0100