Joe Marsala in Chicago - the 1920's

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: 13 July, 2020

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

Date/Time the 1920's
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