Louis Armstrong in Chicago - the 1920's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 104-105:

She [pianist Lillian Hardin] knew Chicago like a book. I'll never forget the first time Lil took me to the Dreamland Cabaret on Thirty-fifth and State Streets to hear Ollie Powers and Mae Alix sing. Ollie had one of those high, sweet singing voices, and when he would sing songs like "What'll I Do?" he would really rock the whole house. Mae Alix had one of those fine, strong voices that everyone would also want to hear. Then she would go into her splits, and the customers would throw paper dollars on the floor, and she would make one of those running splits, picking them up one at a time.
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. 104-105. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1436025987331 accessed: 23 October, 2021

location of experience: Chicago

Listeners

Louis Armstrong
entertainer, trumpeter, Bandleader, Singing
1901-1971

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1920's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:06:27 +0100
Approved on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:06:43 +0100