Tommy Brookins in Chicago

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 99:

One of the things that struck me most at the Royal Gardens was the smile of Baby Dodds. When he played drums he had the most patched-up material for a drum set that I'd ever seen in my life, but he had a rhythm entirely his own, and I feel that as a drummer he has more personality than any other specialist on any other instrument. He was a man of natural playfulness, possessed by rhythm. Just to see him smile and to hear his beat would make you happy.

As for Johnny Dodds, his brother, I sincerely believe that he was the greatest clarinetist that ever lived and I've never heard any …   more >>

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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. 99. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1434554475323 accessed: 7 February, 2023

location of experience: Chicago

Listeners

Tommy Brookins
Singing

Listening to

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Jazz band music performed by Baby Dodds, Johnny Dodds, King Oliver and His Creole Jazz Band

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:21:16 +0100
Approved on Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:29:01 +0100