Zutty Singleton in The Bronx - the 1920's
We got to New York on Friday and by Sunday we'd lined up a job for that afternoon. Duke Ellington was playing the Audubon Theatre in the Bronx, but he couldn't make the first show… So our band played it. The pit band looked pretty surprised when the curtain went up and there we were on stage. But then Louis [Armstrong] played the "St. Louis Blues" and I saw something I'll never forget as long as I live. When he finished, even the band in the pit stood up and applauded for him. It was a wonderful, wonderful reception.
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. 171. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1436030933413 accessed: 9 December, 2022
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, indoors, in public|
Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:28:54 +0100
Approved on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:50:19 +0100