Duke Ellington in New York City - the 1920's

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, pages 109-111:

Willie "The Lion" Smith--would that I were sufficiently prolific to expound on the endless excitement and adventure of my first meeting and total exposure to this melodic, harmonic kaleidoscope. My first impression of The Lion--even before I saw him--was the thing I felt as I walked down those steps [to the Capitol Palace, NY]. A strange thing… To those who had become acclimatized --the tempo was the lope--actually everything and everybody seemed to be doing whatever they were doing in the tempo The Lion's group was laying down. The walls and furniture seemed to lean understandingly--one …   more >>
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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 109-111. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429105731883 accessed: 24 September, 2022

location of experience: New York City


Duke Ellington
lyricist, performer, piantist, Composer […]

Listening to

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Piano music
written by Mozart
performed by Willie "The Lion" Smith

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1920's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:48:52 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:23:38 +0100