Ned Elliot Williams in Cotton Club - the 1920's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 235-236:

There was the unforgettable night when Ethel Waters stood in the spotlight with the Ellington Band pulsating behind her, and sang, for the first time in public, a song by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler called Stormy Weather. I heard Ed Sullivan introduce Arlen on television the other night merely as the writer of Over the Rainbow! Oh, well.

Then there was that later night at the Cotton Club, when the entire brass section of the Ellington band arose and delivered such an intricate and unbelievably integrated chorus that the late Eddie Duchin, usually a poised 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. 235-236. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435246769606 accessed: 29 November, 2022

location of experience: Cotton Club

Listeners

Ned Elliot Williams
entertainment publicist, music journalist and managing editor
1897-1981

Listening to

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Jazz band music performed by Ethel Waters, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

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 16:39:29 +0100
Approved on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:35:34 +0100