Duke Ellington in District of Columbia

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 72:

When Elmer Snowden came to Washington in Joe Rochester's band, all the banjo and banjorine players were playing everything right, right on the nose, according to the city's disciplinary climate. It seemed that he was not playing according to Hoyle, yet he had something extra going on that really upset everybody in Washington--musicians and audience. He had a flair for soul, plus ragtime, and a jumping thing that tore us all up. He immediately became the No. 1 Banjorine Player, and he had a tremendous influence on all the local banjorinists, and a kind of fusion resulted that was really …   more >>
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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 72. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429002319779 accessed: 13 April, 2024

location of experience: District of Columbia


Duke Ellington
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Banjorine music performed by Elmer Snowden

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Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:05:20 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:19:56 +0100