Mary Lou Williams in Harlem - the 1920's
The Savoy was a place of tremendous enthusiasm, a home of fantastic dancing. And Webb was acknowledged King of the Savoy. Any visiting band could depend on catching hell from little Chick, for he was a crazy drummer and shrewd to boot. The way I made it out, Chick would wait until the opposition had blown its hottest numbers and then--during a so-so set--would unexpectedly bring his band fresh to the stand and wham into a fine arrangement, like Benny Carter's "Liza", that was hard to beat. Few visiting bands could stand up to this.
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. 194. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435061962032 accessed: 20 May, 2022
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|Jazz band music||performed by Chick Webb|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, indoors, in public|
Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:19:22 +0100
Approved on Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:09:49 +0100