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Baby is still working, I believe, for I saw her in Jersey City in 1952: but she never received the recognition she merits.
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He explained how ridiculous the clowning was, and there and then I decided to settle down and play seriously.
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I have been tied up with music for about as long as I can remember. By the time I was four I was picking out little tunes my mother played on the reed organ in the living-room.
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I played in the pit with this band, doubling on stage in the second half with a speciality that was slightly sensational.
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I stayed in New York, eyes and ears open to all the attractions Harlem had to offer. Like most other pianists I revered the amazing Fats Waller, who had lately made a splash wailing on organ at the Lincoln.
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I was at high school when my first big chance came along. Hits And Bits, a traveling TOBA show, had just hit town, and the pianist had failed to show up. 'Buzzin'' Harris, the owner, was frantic for a replacement.
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I was playing quite a bit of jazz now, and beginning to give it my own interpretation. Of course, my playing was influenced by favourite pianists: principally by Jack Howard, Earl Hines and Jelly Roll Morton.
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I've known musicians so enthused about playing that they would walk all the way from the Kansas side to attend a jam session.
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Kaycee was really jumping now - so many great bands having sprung up there or moved in from over the river. I should explain that Kansas City, Missouri, wasn't too prejudiced for a Mid-western town.
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My travels had not taken me to New York until now, when we played the 81st Theatre on Broadway and a few weekend gigs.
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Next stop, St Louis: and there I met Charlie Creath, the river-boat king, who was known all over the Middle West for his crazy growl trumpet playing. Besides being a top jazz performer, Charlie was a most handsome cat.
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Now it happened he was known as a professional gambler, and he sometimes took me with him at nights - to bring him luck, he said.
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Offers for me to play dances, society parties, even churches, were now coming in regularly. For most dates I was paid the sum of one dollar per hour, and they always tipped me at the end of the night.
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One Saturday night I went to a theatre on Frankstown Avenue where all the Negro shows were booked. But I hardly noticed any part of the show, for my attention was focused on the lady pianist who worked there.
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One way and another I was having a ball - playing gigs, jamming and listening to fine musicians. Then came a crisis at home. My stepfather fell sick, and it meant I had to support the family.
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Quite a few musicians came to our house. And my ma took me to hear many more, hoping to encourage in me a love of music. But she wouldn't consent to my having music lessons, for she feared I might end up as she had done - unable to play except from paper.
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There were two children, me and my older sister Mamie. My father I had never seen. A year or two later, the family moved to a neighbourhood in Pittsburgh which brought me my first experience of inter-racial feeling.
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Through the neighbourhood grapevine we heard one day that a young man was in town looking for work as a teacher.
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When Seymour saw me seated at the piano at that first rehearsal, he shouted: 'What's that kid doing here? Call your piano player and let's get started.'
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With two sisters, Lucille and Louise, who knew every speak-easy in town, I began to make the rounds from 'Hell's Kitchen' on 5th Avenue to a club on 18th where I met Sam Price.
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Within a few hours I had them off, was about ready to play the shows. That night I opened, and during the week Harris was over to the house to talk my mother into letting me leave home.
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