Rex Stewart in Nightsy Johnson's, New York - 1939

from Jazz Anecdotes, page 269:

You could have heard a pin drop after that remark, but the Hawk ignored it, turning to the piano player and saying, “Play me a few choruses of -.” I've forgotten the name of the tune, but I do recall that the tempo Hawk set was almost unbelievable, it was so fast and he had the tune all to himself.

Then he sauntered to the bar, had a big drink, and waited to see how the cats would follow this avalanche of virtuosity. For some reason, nobody felt like blowing at the moment. So Coleman picked up where he had left off, …   more >>

cite as

Bill Crow, Jazz Anecdotes (New York, 1990), p. 269. accessed: 17 June, 2024

location of experience: Nightsy Johnson's, New York


Rex Stewart
jazz cornetist

Listening to

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performance of 'Unknown' performed by Coleman Hawkins

Experience Information

Date/Time 1939
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Gorwel Owen on Thu, 03 Dec 2015 09:52:32 +0000
Approved on Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:44:08 +0100