Gene Krupa 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 188-189:

There was a band that had few equals in those years, McKinney's Cotton Pickers. Came my first lesson in showmanship, for which Cuba Austin was responsible. Question any musician who knew that wonderful organisation and be assured that Cuba played no little part in the success of the outfit from the standpoints of commercialism and musicianship. Years later, when asked by people about the antics of jitterbugs and so-called ickies, I always tempered my replies, remembering that one night in Chicago, when I stood open-mouthed, completely awed and fascinated, and cheered more lustily, grew far …   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. 188-189. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435061402850 accessed: 12 August, 2022

location of experience: Chicago

Listeners

Gene Krupa
jazz drummer, Bandleader
1909-1973

Listening to

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jazz performed by Cuba Austin, McKinney's Cotton Pickers

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:10:06 +0100
Approved on Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:08:31 +0100