BIlly Eckstine in Saint-Louis (Missouri) - the 1940's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 369-370:

I'd like to tell you about Miles [Davis]. When I first heard him, he was working in St Louis, which is Miles' home. He used to ask to sit in with the band. I'd let him so as not to hurt his feelings, because then Miles was awful. He sounded terrible; he couldn't play at all. But by the time we got to California, he had blossomed out. He'd been going to Juilliard, in New York, and playing with Bird [Charlie Parker], so he came in and took over the same songbook, the solo book which was originally Dizzy's Miles stayed with me until I broke up, which was in 1947.

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. 369-370. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1436009646373 accessed: 24 October, 2021

location of experience: Saint-Louis (Missouri)

Listeners

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

Listening to

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jazz trumpet music
written by Dizzy Gillespie
performed by Miles Davis

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:34:06 +0100
Approved on Mon, 05 Sep 2016 15:17:43 +0100