Zutty Singleton in Lyric Theatre, New orleans - between 1923 and 1924

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 244:

Now there was a woman! I mean Bessie Smith was ALL woman! I remember about 1923 or 1924 [… ,] the Lyric Theatre in New Orleans […] was her headquarters. I think she must have played there four or five times a year maybe. And man! She always did pack that house, every show, with big lines always waiting.

Her act was really something. She'd have a regular recording studio setup on the stage, with that big old horn they used to use and everything. Then she'd sing thing like "Gulf Coast Blues" and "Baby Won't You Please Come Home" in that big wonderful voice of hers, 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. 244. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435250831107 accessed: 4 February, 2023

location of experience: Lyric Theatre, New orleans

Listeners

Zutty Singleton
jazz drummer
1898-1975

Listening to

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blues singing performed by Bessie Smith

Experience Information

Date/Time between 1923 and 1924
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:47:11 +0100
Approved on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:08:20 +0100