George Wettling 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 117-118:

One of the best summers I ever had was when Louis [Armstrong] was at the Savoy Ballroom in Chicago. Muggsy [Spanier] and I were working with Floyd Town that summer, and Jess Stacy and Teschemacher were also in our band, but Muggsy and I had a standing date for every Sunday afternoon at the Savoy. When Louis started blowing the introduction to "West End Blues" (man, that was mellifluous), everybody in the ballroom started screaming and whistling, and then Louis lowered the boom and everybody got real groovy when we went into the first strains of "West End". Muggsy and I always got there …   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. 117-118. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1434720092951 accessed: 27 October, 2021

location of experience: Chicago

Listeners

George Wettling
Drum kit
1907-1968

Listening to

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West End Blues performed by Louis Armstrong

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:21:33 +0100
Approved on Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:50:19 +0100