Tommy Brookins in Chicago - the 1920's

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: 27 October, 2021

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

Date/Time the 1920's
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