Tommy Brookins in Chicago - 1923

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 107:

During this time [1923], we never missed going every Sunday to the Vendome Theatre to hear the orchestra of Erskine Tate. It was the pit orchestra of the Vendome Theatre. Erskine was an absolutely extraordinary leader. He directed symphonic works like Toscanini would, and I'm convinced that if he had wanted to leave Chicago for New York, he would have rapidly acquired world-wide recognition.

Tate's orchestra not only accompanied acts, but played its own selections, going from classical music to jazz. He had collected the best musicians and was able to interpret to perfection any …   more >>

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. 107. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1436028792161 accessed: 28 November, 2021

location of experience: Chicago

Listeners

Tommy Brookins
Singing

Listening to

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classical music performance performed by Erskine Tate’s Vendome Orchestra
jazz (, performance of)
written by Miles Davis, Richard Rodgers
performed by Erskine Tate’s Vendome Orchestra

Experience Information

Date/Time 1923
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:53:12 +0100
Approved on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:57:26 +0100