in New York City - the 1920's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 208:

When I came into New York I was asking Louis [Armstrong] one night about the different guys in the Fletcher Henderson band. He told me about Big Charlie Green and about a tenor saxophone player--Hawkins--he said that guy really swings. That was the first time I heard the word used that way, and I didn't dig what he meant. Louis tried to explain it. He said, "Man, he swings! He swings out of this world!". I caught on to what he meant, because after I got to work that night I heard Hawkins. So I knew what he meant. How would I define it now? Swing. A guy that's… I still have to use the…   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. 208. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435153052078 accessed: 9 December, 2022

location of experience: New York City

Listening to

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tenor saxophone music performed by Coleman Hawkins

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:37:32 +0100
Approved on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:04:16 +0100