Jimmy McPartland in Chicago Loop

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 120-121:

What we used to do was put the record on--one of the [New Orleans] Rhythm Kings', naturally--play a few bars, and then all get our notes. We'd have to tune our instruments up to the record machine, to the pitch, and go ahead with a few notes. Then stop! A few more bars of the record, each guy would pick out his notes and boom! we would go on and play it. Two bars, or four bars or eight--we would get in on each phrase then all play it.


It was a funny way to learn but in three or four weeks we could finally play one tune all the way through-- "Farewell Blues". Boy, that …   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. 120-121. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1434721864341 accessed: 18 June, 2024

location of experience: Chicago Loop


Jimmy McPartland

Listening to

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Farewell Blues performed by Rhythm Kings

Experience Information

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


McPartland and others, including his brother, as young boys, were known first as the Austin High School Gang, before forming their band, the Blue Friars.

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:51:05 +0100
Approved on Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:00:50 +0100