Tony Scott in New York City - the 1940's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 359-360:

I used to hear Bird [Charlie Parker] on Fifty-second Street [The Street] in 1942… There was a place that later turned out to be the Spotlite Club, next to the Famous Door. And Bird came in one night and sat in with Don Byas. He blew "Cherokee", and everybody just flipped. That was probably about his first time on The Street. When Bird and Diz [Dizzy Gillespie] hit The Street regularly a couple of years later, everybody was astounded and nobody could get near their way of playing music. Finally, Bird and Diz made records, and then guys could imitate it and go on from there.
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. 359-360. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435923901067 accessed: 27 January, 2023

location of experience: New York City

Listeners

Tony Scott
Clarinetist
1921-2007

Listening to

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jazz horn music performed by Charlie Parker

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:45:01 +0100
Approved on Mon, 05 Sep 2016 15:46:23 +0100