BIlly Eckstine in Chicago - the 1930's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 352-353:

Let me tell you about Bird and how I first heard him play. […]

The vogue before the war was to have a breakfast dance on one day of the week. Every club in Chicago […] would [...], with the show going on at six thirty in the morning.

One spot there, 65 Club, [...] had a little combo with King Kolax on trumpet; a kid named Goon Gardner, who could swing like mad, on alto; John Simmons on bass; and Kansas Fields, drums.

It was more or less a jam show, for after the show all the musicians would blow in there. We were standing around one morning when a guy …   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. 352-353. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435921502830 accessed: 17 May, 2022

location of experience: Chicago

Listeners

BIlly Eckstine
blues singer, popular-music singer, Bandleader
1914-1993

Listening to

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jazz horn music performed by Charlie Parker

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1930's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:05:02 +0100
Approved on Thu, 01 Sep 2016 10:58:08 +0100