Paul Desmond in San Francisco - 1944

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 392:

I met Dave [Brubeck] in 1944 when he was coming through San Francisco on his way overseas as a rifleman. We had a quick session, started playing the blues in B-flat, and the first chord played was G-major. Knowing absolutely nothing at the time about polytonality, I thought he was stark, raving mad. His appearance at the time supported this point of view admirably. Wild-haired, ferocious-looking, with a pile-driver approach to the piano, and the expression of a surly Sioux. It took much patient explaining and several more listenings before I began to understand what he was up to. Since …   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. 392. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1436011016234 accessed: 21 September, 2021

location of experience: San Francisco

Listeners

Paul Desmond
jazz alto saxophonist, jazz composer
1924-1977

Listening to

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jazz piano music performed by Dave Brubeck

Experience Information

Date/Time 1944
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:56:56 +0100
Approved on Mon, 05 Sep 2016 15:17:37 +0100