John Collins in Cafe Society Downtown, New York - 20th Century

from Jazz Anecdotes, page 279:

There was a guy there, I think he was a little effeminate, that lived there. He was a bartender or something, and he played piano. He was a traditionalist. The pure chords, you know, one, three, five chords. Art would upset him so badly sometimes. Art would tell me, “Say, watch John. Watch what I'm going to do.”

So he would start playing Danny Boy. This was one of this guy’s favorite tunes. He'd start playing it and then about four bars in, he'd hit one of these …   more >>

cite as

Bill Crow, Jazz Anecdotes (New York, 1990), p. 279. accessed: 20 June, 2024

location of experience: Cafe Society Downtown, New York


Listening to

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Danny Boy performed by Art Tatum

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by Gorwel Owen on Thu, 03 Dec 2015 10:07:45 +0000
Approved on Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:52:37 +0100