Jelly Roll Morton in New York City - 1926

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 181:

Not until 1926 did they get a faint idea of real jazz, when I decided to live in New York. In spite of the fact that there were a few great dispensers, [such] as Sidney Bechet, clarinet, William Brand, bass, New York's idea of jazz was taken from the dictionary's definition--loud, blary, noise, discordant tones, et cetera, which really doesn't spell jazz music. Music is music. Regardless of type, it is supposed to be soothing, not unbearable--which was a specialty with most of them. […] Very often you could hear the New York (supposed-to-be) jazz bands, have …   more >>

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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. 181. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435060712810 accessed: 17 October, 2021

location of experience: New York City

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New York jazz

Experience Information

Date/Time 1926
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:58:33 +0100
Approved on Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:51:16 +0100