Muggsy Spanier in Chicago - 1915

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 116:

I knew the owner of the Dreamland and was allowed to sit in a dark corner of the balcony to listen to the music. I was only fourteen then, not old enough to be allowed in a public dance hall. But as long as I heard the music, the conditions didn't matter. The band played from about nine thirty to one a.m. and after hours they played the Pekin Cafe, one of the worst gangster hangouts in Chicago‚Ķ In the summer the Pekin kept its windows open, so I'd sneak from home just about every night and sit outside on the curbstone listening to the music. Sometimes the goings-on would get rough inside, …   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. 116. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1434718246310 accessed: 7 April, 2020

location of experience: Chicago

Listeners

Muggsy Spanier
jazz cornetist
1901-1967

Listening to

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jazz dance music

Experience Information

Date/Time 1915
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, outdoors, in public, solitary

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:50:47 +0100
Approved on Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:27:47 +0100