Irving Mills 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 233-234:

The first time I heard Duke Ellington was at the Kentucky Club in New York, where he had come in with the five-piece band he had been appearing with in Washington D.C. ... I think the number that caught my attention that night was "Black and Tan Fantasy". When I learned that it was Duke's composition, I immediately recognised that I had encountered a great creative artist--and the first American composer to catch in his music the true jazz spirit. Shortly after that, when I was producing a new show for the Cotton Club, I built as much of it as possible around Duke's band and his music…I …   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. 233-234. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435233202783 accessed: 9 December, 2022

location of experience: New York City

Listeners

Irving Mills
Impresario, Music publisher, record producer, Singing […]
1884-1985

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 12:53:23 +0100
Approved on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:09:23 +0100