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place New York City
is_reported_in Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress
time the 1920's
agent Duke Ellington
Subject performance of 'horn and piano music'
has_evidence_text George James was known in Harlem as "Mexico." He was born in the South, but at one time he had fought in Mexico as a mercenary. He had a little after-hours spot on 133rd Street in the late '20s… Willie "The Lion" Smith played there, so it was a natural place for all piano players to hang out… Mexico's was the scene of many battles of music. Every Wednesday night there would be an open blowing competition. A different instrument was featured each Wednesday. One week it would be cornets, another alto saxophones, a third clarinets, and so on, until it became the turn of the tuba players. The joint was so small, only one or two tubas could be in the place at one time… Virtuoso combat was the most popular form of sport for the professional musician in those days. I shall never forget the night Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, and The Lion tangled there. Too bad there were no tape recorders in those days.
has_medium Medium.Live
initial_graph claims
pages 111-112
Approved 2015-09-01T09:24:24.000Z
Submitted 2015-04-17T20:03:14.000Z
Type Experience