Tommy Brookins in Chicago - the 1920's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 98-99:

Although he didn't have what is usually called a "personality", Joe Oliver impressed me from the first the I saw him. He was a tranquil man and it was surprising to see him blow such joyous music.

In this era [1920's prohibition era, the Royal Garden, Chicago], Louis Armstrong played in the ensemble and Oliver took the majority of solos. He had a real 'gutbucket tone' and really moved. Armstrong was only rarely heard playing solo [... When he did solo,] Louis really played, showing everyone present all he knew, all his tricks, and he received after each song tremendous …   more >>

cite as

Nat Hentoff and Nat Shapiro, Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It (London, 1992), p. 98-99. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1434553968409 accessed: 30 November, 2021

location of experience: Chicago

Listeners

Tommy Brookins
Singing

Listening to

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Jazz band music performed by King Oliver and His Creole Jazz Band
jazz horn music performed by Louis Armstrong

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, 17 Jun 2015 16:12:48 +0100
Approved on Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:22:08 +0100