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, page 295:

In Kaycee [Kansas City] we had a kind of counterpart of [Art] Tatum, an ear man called Sleepy, who played almost as much as Art, and in the hard key--A natural, B natural, E natural. Another unsung piano player was Lincoln, known as a three chord man. His harmonies were the worst, yet he was terrific with the beat. Martha Raye, then eighteen, stopped in Kansas City on her way to California and got hung up listening to Lincoln's nasty beat. She stayed close on to two weeks, and was down at the clubs digging the music and singing like mad, night after night. Martha hated to leave and nearly…   more >>
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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. 295. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435762720577 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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Female Jazz singing performed by Martha Raye
Kansas City jazz piano performed by Sleepy, Lincoln

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 15:58:40 +0100
Approved on Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:37:05 +0100