Lil Armstrong in Chicago - early 20th Century

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 91-93:

In the sumer of 1918, my folks moved from Memphis to Chicago, and I made it my business to go out for a daily stroll and look this 'heaven' over.

[… Lil Armstrong then got a job at Mrs Jones' Music Store, where musicians gathered to play. Armstrong played piano and was referred to as 'The Jazz Wonder Child' ...]

[O]ne day the great Jelly Roll Morton from New Orleans came in and I was in for a little trouble. I had never heard such music before, they were all his original tunes. Jelly Roll sat down, the piano rocked, the floor shivered, the people swayed while he …   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. 91-93. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1434548230985 accessed: 26 January, 2022

location of experience: Chicago

Listeners

Lil Armstrong
Composer, Pianist, Singing
1898-1971

Listening to

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jazz piano music performed by Jelly Roll Morton

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:37:11 +0100
Approved on Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:30:41 +0100