Duke Ellington in Harlem

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 224-225:

The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician. [...] 

[... T]ake my "Harlem Air Shaft." So much goes on in a Harlem air shaft. You get the full essence of Harlem in an air shaft. You hear fights, you smell dinner, you hear people making love. You hear intimate gossip floating down. You hear the radio. The air shaft is one great big loudspeaker. You see your neighbour's laundry. You hear the janitor's dogs. The man upstairs' aerial falls down and breaks your window. You smell coffee. A wonderful thing, that smell. An air shaft has got every contrast. One guy is …   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. 224-225. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435232089610 accessed: 5 April, 2020

location of experience: Harlem

Listeners

Duke Ellington
lyricist, performer, piantist, Composer […]
1899-1974

Experience Information

Medium live, playback
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, outdoors, in public, solitary

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:34:49 +0100
Approved on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:02:02 +0100