Felix Mayerhofer et al. in New York - at the end of 1948

from Diary of a Young Musician: Final Days of the Big Band Era, page 24:

The head usher [at the Capitol Theater on Broadway] was named Mr. Brooks, a genial easy-going person, slightly bent and a true Runyanesque character. Mr. Brooks went to the races every day during the season, placed bets with his personal bookie, had a copy of the racing form handy at all times— and he loved jazz. When he found out I was a musician and liked big bands, he invited me to see a new English import, George Shearing, on the piano at the “Royal Roost Jazz Club.” Seeing this outstanding jazz pianist was a revelation to me. It was even more so for Mr. Brooks. He was in absolute …   more >>
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Felix Mayerhofer, Diary of a Young Musician: Final Days of the Big Band Era (2006), p. 24. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1417780414639 accessed: 23 May, 2024

location of experience: New York


Felix Mayerhofer
trombonist, Bandmaster, Writer
Mr. Brooks
theatre usher

Listening to

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jazz piano music performed by George Shearing

Experience Information

Date/Time at the end of 1948
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Fri, 05 Dec 2014 11:53:34 +0000