Joe Turner in New York City - the 1920's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, page 175:

This was also the time when we had the world's most exciting piano contests, night after night, with the following pianists regularly present--James P. Johnson, Willie 'The Lion' Smith, Thomas 'Fats' Waller, and Joe Turner. Very rarely did other pianists dare to play. Of course there were times when Stephen 'The Beetle' Henderson was getting in on the contest, and he demanded the greatest repeat for his perfect left hand. And there would be two others who would try their luck occasionally in the contests-- 'Corky' Williams and, especially, Willie Gant.
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. 175. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435054330154 accessed: 14 August, 2022

location of experience: New York City

Listeners

Joe Turner
jazz pianist
1907-1990

Listening to

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jazz piano contests performed by 'Corky' Williams, Joe Turner, Willie Gant, J.P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Willie "The Lion" Smith, Stephen Henderson

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:12:10 +0100
Approved on Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:36:03 +0100