Louis Metcalf in Apollo Theater - the 1920's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 205:

To my mind, the controversy about the two different styles of playing, Eastern and Western, came to a head when Louis Armstrong joined Fletcher Henderson [early 1920's], taking Joe Smith's chair. It was a real jazz feud with all the musicians taking sides. Louis represented the Western style of jazz, while Joe Smith was the Eastern. It was the most terrific thing I ever heard--that midnight show at the Apollo Theatre when Henderson showed off Louis. I don't remember if anybody knew about it in advance, but Joe Smith was sitting in the pit with the house band, and, believe me, when he opened…   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. 205. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435066737377 accessed: 24 October, 2021

location of experience: Apollo Theater

Listeners

Louis Metcalf
cornetist, trumpeter
1905-1981

Listening to

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East coast jazz performed by Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra, Joe Smith

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 14:38:57 +0100
Approved on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:57:10 +0100