Benny Green in Chicago - the 1940's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 346:

[In the summer of 1942 Benny Green and then Dizzy Gillespie joined a band in Chicago that included Earl Hines, Billy Eckstine, Budd Johnson, Charlie Parker and Shadow Wilson]. I used to listen to Diz a lot. He sat right behind me. Quite a few of the men in the band couldn't understand what he was doing, though they admired his control and execution. I didn't understand too much of it either, but I liked it. Dizzy would take me to his house and show me on piano the alternate chords and other things he was doing. It was like going to school. I remember starting to ad lib around an …   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. 346. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435851723493 accessed: 23 September, 2021

location of experience: Chicago

Listeners

Benny Green
jazz saxophonist, radio broadcaster, Writer
1927-1998

Listening to

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Jazz band music performed by Dizzy Gillespie

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:42:03 +0100
Approved on Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:32:27 +0100