Joe Turner in New York City - the 1920's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 175-176:

[…] I went there [to 'a buffet flat' where Art Tatum played after hours] and waited for Art to come.

[…]

Art arrived at two o'clock sharp. I got up from the piano and greeted him. He asked me if I was the Joe Turner who had made a reputation with a fine arrangement of "Liza". I said it was me and begged him to play piano for me. After he had refused to play before hearing me (and, of course, with Art I lost the argument), I played first "Dinah" for warmin' up and then my "Liza".

When I had finished, Art Tatum said, "Pretty good." I was offended because …   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. 175-176. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435055280725 accessed: 23 September, 2021

location of experience: New York City

Listeners

Joe Turner
jazz pianist
1907-1990

Listening to

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Three little words performed by Art Tatum
Liza
written by Joe Turner
performed by Art Tatum

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1920's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public, solitary

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:28:00 +0100
Approved on Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:44:42 +0100