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 294-295:

…[A]t one place we ran into Art Tatum. Art had a radio program, also a job in a dicty private club, but preferred wailing after hours.

It was this place every night then. Whenever I wasn't listening to Tatum, I was playing--Art inspired me so much. Chords he was throwing in then, the boppers are using now. And his mind was the quickest.

Art usually drank a bottle of beer while the other pianists took over, and didn't miss a thing. For instance, there was a run that Buck Washington showed me. (Buck, of the Buck and Bubbles team, played a lot of piano, especially when …   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. 294-295. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435761826368 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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jazz piano music performed by Mary Lou Williams, Buck Washington, Art Tatum

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 15:43:47 +0100
Approved on Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:35:10 +0100