Fletcher Henderson in New York City

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 203:

The band at first was inclined to be a bit reserved toward the new arrival [Louis Armstrong] and there seemed to be a little tension in the air. At rehearsal he was perplexed by the trumpet part I gave him to a new arrangement of a medley of beautiful Irish waltzes. Now, those parts were well marked with all the dynamics of the music, and at one point the orchestration was indicated as fff with a diminuendo down to pp. The band followed these notations and was playing very softly, while Louis still played his part at full volume. I stopped the band and said, "Louis, you are not following …   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. 203. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435065195093 accessed: 4 February, 2023

location of experience: New York City

Listeners

Fletcher Henderson
Arranger, Bandleader, Pianist
1897-1952

Listening to

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medley of Irish waltzes, jazz style performed by Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:13:15 +0100
Approved on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:52:23 +0100