Leora Henderson 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, pages 221-222:

[W]hen the time came to do the show [at the Lafayette Theatre, New York], he came into the pit with me. I didn't know it then, but he had hidden a trumpet there, and when some blues singer (I just can't remember her name) began to sing, Joe [Smith] played. And the people started to howl. I'm telling you, I couldn't play another note that night!

He came to the theatre every day after that band I helped to make him read and he really could play anything. […] Joe had such a big soft beautiful sound. Bessie Smith was just crazy about his playing and he was on lots of her …   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. 221-222. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435225924323 accessed: 6 July, 2022

location of experience: New York City

Listeners

Leora Henderson
classically trained musician, Jazz trumpeter

Listening to

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Blues performed by Joe Smith

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:52:04 +0100
Approved on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:59:12 +0100