Joe Marsala in Chicago

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 126-127:

I started playing around 1924. Never could afford to go in, but would listen outside the Friar's Inn [Chicago]. Then at Columbia Hall, where Muggsy [Spanier] played, Johnny Lane was clarinetist and had an orchestra there. I liked that kind of music. The others would go to dance, but my brother, Marty, and I used to listen to the band, and hear them jam.

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Most of the playing I did in those days was for nothing--I just stayed up all night and did so much sitting in, they didn't have to pay me. I got to know about the different styles--Rappolo was finest clarinetist I …   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. 126-127. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1434813824946 accessed: 9 February, 2023

location of experience: Chicago

Listeners

Joe Marsala
Bandleader, Clarinetist
1907-1978

Listening to

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Jazz band music performed by Johnny Lane Band, Muggsy Spanier
jazz clarinet performances performed by Teschemacher, Jimmie Noone, Leon Rappolo

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 20 Jun 2015 16:23:45 +0100
Approved on Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:54:02 +0100