Clarence Williams in Louisiana - 1906

from Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Classic Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It, pages 31-32:

I came to New Orleans in 1906, when I was fourteen years old. It was after I heard Buddy Bolden, when he came through my hometown, Plaquemine, Louisiana, on an excursion, and his trumpet playin' excited me so that I said, "I'm goin' to New Orleans." I had never heard anything like that before in my whole life[.]

[... In] New Orleans […] my first musical job was singin' and playin' the piano at a spaghetti place[. …] At that time piano players would come in from all over the South for the races, and all the local piano players would listen to 'em to catch ideas. …   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. 31-32. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1436019108291 accessed: 5 December, 2021

location of experience: Louisiana

Listeners

Clarence Williams
jazz pianist, promoter, theatrical producer, vocalist […]
1893-1965

Listening to

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jazz piano music
jazz trumpet performance
written by Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis
performed by Buddy Bolden

Experience Information

Date/Time 1906
Medium live
Listening Environment in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:11:48 +0100
Approved on Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:20:34 +0100