Joe Turner in New York City

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: 14 April, 2024

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

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