Mary Lou Williams in Harlem - the 1920's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 194:

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.
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. 194. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435061962032 accessed: 4 December, 2022

location of experience: Harlem

Listeners

Mary Lou Williams
jazz pianist, Composer, Pianist
1910-1981

Listening to

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Jazz band music performed by Chick Webb

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1920's
Medium live
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