Duke Ellington in New York City - the 1920's

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, pages 112-113:

Later, when I showed up in New York, I found him [James P. Johnson] there, and I met Lippy, too, his dear friend, his pal… James was doing pretty good [but] he never lost contact with his foundations, with the real, wonderful people in Harlem. Harlem had its own rich, special folklore… So there in that atmosphere I became one of the close disciples of the James P. Johnson style. Some nights we'd wind up--James, Fats Waller, Sonny Greer, and I--and go down to Mexico's to hear The Lion… So we would sit around, and during intermission I would move over to the piano. Then it would be …   more >>
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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 112-113. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429301384763 accessed: 2 October, 2022

location of experience: New York City


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

Listening to

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'Ivie' performed by Fats Waller
piano combat performed by J.P. Johnson, 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 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:09:44 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:25:29 +0100