Jo Jones in City of Kansas City - 1933

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 285-286:

After I got into Kansas City, I remember walking into the Sunset, and there was Pete Johnson and a drummer named Merrill and an alto player named Walter Knight. This was about 1933. I have never heard anybody play a sax like he did in my life. I can hear a little of it in Charlie Parker today. They only had three pieces in that group. But since that club had sessions so late and the other clubs closed early, they would soon have an augmented bandstand. There were jam sessions that I used to watch there in Kansas City, even before I got with the Basie band, that were unlike any other jam …   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. 285-286. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435570859629 accessed: 28 November, 2022

location of experience: City of Kansas City

Listeners

Jo Jones
jazz drummer
1911-1985

Listening to

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Kansas City Jazz music performed by Merrill, Peter Johnson, Walter Knight

Experience Information

Date/Time 1933
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:40:59 +0100
Approved on Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:41:17 +0100