Mary Lou Williams in City of Kansas City - between early 20th Century and mid 20th Century

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 311:

Two other pianists I met in Kaycee [Kansas City, Missouri] during the mid-thirties were Tadd Dameron and Thelonious Monk. I was to get to know both of them well in New York in later years.

Tadd, who came from Cleveland, was just starting out playing and writing for a band from Kansas. Though very young, he had ideas even then that were 'way ahead of his time.

Thelonius, still in his teens, came into town with either an evangelist or a medicine show--I forget which. While Monk was in Kaycee, he jammed every night, used to really blow on piano, employing a lot more technique …   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. 311. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435835717029 accessed: 6 July, 2022

location of experience: City of Kansas City

Listeners

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

Listening to

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unknown jazz piano performed by Thelonious Monk

Experience Information

Date/Time between early 20th Century and mid 20th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:15:17 +0100
Approved on Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:08:56 +0100