Hoagy Carmichael in Chicago - 1923

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 142:

Louis Armstrong was Bix Beiderbecke's idol, and when we went out the next night to crash an S.A.E. dance where Bix was playing with the Wolverines, I learned that Bix was no imitation of Armstrong. The Wolverines sounded better to me than the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Theirs was a stronger rhythm and the licks that Jimmy Hartwell, George Johnson, and Bix played were precise and beautiful.

Bix's breaks were not as wild as Armstrong's, but they were hot and he selected each note with musical care. He showed me that jazz could be musical and beautiful as well as hot. He showed me that …   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. 142. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1434818209645 accessed: 28 November, 2021

location of experience: Chicago

Listeners

Hoagy Carmichael
Bandleader, Pianist, Singing, Songwriter
1899-1981

Listening to

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jazz horn music performed by The Wolverines, Louis Armstrong, Bix Beidebecke

Experience Information

Date/Time 1923
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 20 Jun 2015 17:36:49 +0100
Approved on Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:24:51 +0100