Mary Lou Williams in City of Kansas City - between early 20th Century and mid 20th Century
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 >>
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: 2 March, 2024
Listening tohide composers
|unknown jazz piano
|performed by Thelonious Monk
|between early 20th Century and mid 20th Century
|in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public