Leora Henderson in Roseland Ballroom - the 1920's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 221:

After the [Fletcher Henderson] band would finish playin' at Roseland about one a.m., they'd sometimes play for dances in Harlem, till about three-thirty in the morning. There'd be a band on before Fletcher got there, but when he and the men arrived, everything would stop. Folks would get out of the way, and then Fletcher would start off with "Sugar Foot Stomp" and the crowd would go wild.

And there were no singers then like there are now. We didn't need 'em. Oh, Louis [Armstrong] would carry on with a lot of foolishness--jump up and down and shout like a down-South preacher. And …   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. 221. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435225099663 accessed: 1 December, 2021

location of experience: Roseland Ballroom

Listeners

Leora Henderson
classically trained musician, Jazz trumpeter

Listening to

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Jazz band music performed by Fletcher Henderson band

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:38:20 +0100
Approved on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:31:24 +0100