Jo Jones in City of Kansas City - early 20th Century

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 289-290:

You would hear music twenty-four hours a day in Kansas City. Practically all the little places had piano and a set of drums. I had a little group in one of them with Lester Young and George Hunt on trombone (he later took the solo on the Basie record of "One O'Clock Jump") and Ed Durham on guitar. Any drummer who wanted to could sit in because I could play piano.

The place was run by "The Chief". His name was Ellis Burton. He was a father to a lot of musicians […, who] could always go to him to get a favor or food.

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. 289-290. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435588192490 accessed: 29 May, 2022

location of experience: City of Kansas City

Listeners

Jo Jones
jazz drummer
1911-1985

Experience Information

Date/Time early 20th Century
Medium live, playback
Listening Environment indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:29:52 +0100
Approved on Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:00:54 +0100