John A. Provenzano in Bourbon Street - mid 20th Century

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 71:

Today the spotlight in New Orleans nightlife is Bourbon Street… Casually strolling in a nightery on Bourbon Street, with its elaborate front, well-stocked bar, and clean, roomy dancing floors, one finds it difficult to understand the music. In this particular outfit, the drummer appears to be the leader. He wants to play a piece all by himself, and he does. How the patrons of the place stand the racket is more than I can explain. No one can understand what the band is trying to play; but that doesn't worry the boys much; they think Hollywood is their next port of call.

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. 71. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1436022689476 accessed: 24 June, 2024

location of experience: Bourbon Street

Listeners

John A. Provenzano
Clarinetist
1897-1972

Listening to

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jazz performance
written by John Coltrane

Experience Information

Date/Time mid 20th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:11:29 +0100
Approved on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:29:17 +0100