Mezz Mezzrow in Harlem - the 1920's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 255-256:

Can you imagine hearing Louis Armstrong playing the trumpet with Fats Waller at the piano, getting the flavor of the numbers together? The late Leonard Harper (one of the greatest Negro producers that ever lived) calling his chorus to the floor, and giving them the routine. Comedians repeating their parts on the side. All gaiety, laughter, enthusiasm. Yet, what stood out most was Louis and Fats. To see these two geniuses at work, two of the most magnetic personalities in the world, to me, is something I'll treasure for the rest of my life. Louis would play the tunes at first in the lower …   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. 255-256. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435418101924 accessed: 4 December, 2022

location of experience: Harlem

Listeners

Mezz Mezzrow
jazz alto saxophonist, jazz tenor saxophonist, Clarinetist
1819-1972

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1920's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:15:02 +0100
Approved on Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:09:28 +0100