Kenny Clarke et al. in New York City - 1940

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 354:

Bird [Charlie Parker] came into New York during the war with Jay McShann. He was working at Monroe's, and the sessions were between Monroe's and Milton's. […] They began to talk about Bird because he played like Pres [Lester Young] on alto. People became concerned about what he was doing. We thought that was something phenomenal because Lester Young was the style setter, the pace setter at the time.

We went to listen to Bird at Monroe's for no other reason except that he sounded like Pres. That is, until we found out that he had something of his own to offer. Well, by …   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. 354. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435922239972 accessed: 26 October, 2021

location of experience: New York City

Listeners

Kenny Clarke
jazz drummer, Bandleader
1914-1985
Thelonious Monk
Composer, Pianist
1917-1982
Dizzy Gillespie
Musician
1917-1993

Listening to

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jazz horn music performed by Charlie Parker

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:17:20 +0100
Approved on Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:21:39 +0100