Teddy Hill in Minton's Playhouse - the 1940's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 342:

[Thelonius Monk will] come in here [Minton's Playhouse, Harlem] any time and play for hours with only a dim light and the funny thing is he'll never play a complete tune. You never know what he's playing. Many times he's gone on so long I've had to come back and plead with him to quit playin' the piano so I could close up the place 'cause it was against the law to keep it open any longer.

Monk seemed more like the guy who manufactured the product rather than commercialized it. Dizzy had gotten all the exploitation because Dizzy branched out and got started. Monk stayed right in the …   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. 342. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435839758591 accessed: 26 September, 2021

location of experience: Minton's Playhouse

Listeners

Teddy Hill
drum player, jazz club manager, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone […]
1909-1978

Listening to

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jazz piano music performed by Thelonious Monk

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1940's
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public, solitary

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:22:38 +0100
Approved on Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:05:47 +0100