Buck Clayton in Los Angeles - 20th Century

from Jazz Anecdotes, page 248:

I’ll never forget one day when I happened to be in a restaurant in the Dunbar. Most of Duke’s guys were in there too and they were all listening to the jukebox. It was the first time since leaving the East that they had heard their recording of It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing, and the restaurant was swinging like crazy. So much rhythm I’d never heard, as guys were beating on tables, instrument cases, or anything else that they could beat on with knives, forks, rolled up newspapers or anything they could find to make rhythm. It was absolutely crazy.

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Bill Crow, Jazz Anecdotes (New York, 1990), p. 248. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1444127368981 accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: Los Angeles


Listening to

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It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
written by Duke Ellington
performed by Duke Ellington

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by Gorwel Owen on Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:29:29 +0100
Approved on Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:42:10 +0100