Mary Lou Williams in City of Kansas City - the 1930's

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 287-288:

So I found Kansas City to be a heavenly city-- music everywhere in the Negro section of town, and fifty or more cabarets rocking on Twelfth and Eighteenth Streets.

[...] This was my first visit to Missouri's jazz metropolis, a city that was to have a big influence on my career.

With my sisters, Lucille and Louise, who knew every speak-easy in town, I began to make the rounds from Hell's Kitchen on Fifth Avenue to a club on Eighteenth where I met Sam Price. Sammy was playing an unusual type of blues piano, which I thought could hardly be improved upon. I had the luck to hear …   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. 287-288. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435586226328 accessed: 4 December, 2022

location of experience: City of Kansas City

Listeners

Mary Lou Williams
jazz pianist, Composer, Pianist
1910-1981

Listening to

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Blues singing, male voice performed by Sam Price, Jack Teagarden

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1930's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:57:06 +0100
Approved on Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:49:18 +0100