Duke Ellington - between early 20th Century and mid 20th Century

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, pages 435-436:

As a young man in Washington, D.C., I was impressed by many fine local pianists, as well as by men like James P. Johnson and Luckey Roberts when they came visiting from New York. In those days, player pianos were extremely popular, and one of my major inspirations was a piano roll of "Carolina Shout" by Johnson. I also tried to copy the spectacular manner in which Luckey Roberts lifted his hands high above the keyboard as he played. Later, when I went to New York, I was enchanted by another pianist, Willie "The Lion" Smith, whose striking personality and individual style influenced me very …   more >>
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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 435-436. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1430226417956 accessed: 12 July, 2024


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

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New Orleans jazz performed by Sidney Bechet
Piano music
written by Mozart
performed by Willie "The Lion" Smith

Experience Information

Date/Time between early 20th Century and mid 20th Century
Medium live, playback
Listening Environment indoors

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:06:58 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:05:07 +0100