Louis Metcalf in Harlem - the 1920's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 234:

In those days they almost came to blows in Harlem-- musicians I mean, about the two styles of playing. Why, when I joined Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club, about 1925 I guess, the men in the band were always fighting about which was the better style, Eastern or Western. 'Course, when I say Western, I mean everything that came out of New Orleans, Chicago, St Louis, Kansas City and places like that. The Western style was more open-- open horns and running chords and running changes. With Ellington it was the new men like myself and Johnny Hodges and Bigard against guys like Bubber Miley 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. 234. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435234366965 accessed: 4 December, 2022

location of experience: Harlem

Listeners

Louis Metcalf
cornetist, trumpeter
1905-1981

Listening to

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styles of jazz music performed by Bubber Miley, Johnny Hodges, Louis Metcalf, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, Tricky Sam Nanton

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 13:12:47 +0100
Approved on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:10:49 +0100