Mary Lou Williams in City of Kansas City - the 1930's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 291-292:

A wild Twelfth Street spot we fell in regularly was the Sunset, owned by Piney Brown, who loved jazz and was very liberal with musicians. Pianist Pete Johnson worked there with bass and drums, sometimes Baby Lovett, a New Orleans drummer who became one of Kansas City's best.

Now the Sunset had a bartender named Joe Turner, and while Joe was serving drinks he would suddenly pick up a cue for a blues and sing it right where he stood, with Pete playing piano for him. I don't think I'll ever forget the thrill of listening to big Joe Turner shouting and sending everybody, night after …   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. 291-292. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435758677749 accessed: 17 May, 2022

location of experience: City of Kansas City

Listeners

Mary Lou Williams
jazz pianist, Composer, Pianist
1910-1981

Listening to

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blues singing performed by Pete Johnson, Big Joe Turner
piano boogie performed by Pete Johnson

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1930's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:51:18 +0100
Approved on Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:07:32 +0100