Wednesday, December 19th, 2007 at 9:43 pm in Uncategorized.
Rhythm guitarist Lawrence Lucie, who is the last living person to have played with Duke Ellington at New York’s Cotton Club, was living it up this week to celebrate his 100th birthday, according to the New York Times. Happy Birthday, Mr. Lucie, who played with Benny Carter in 1934 at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem — the year black customers were allowed inside, as well as with Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Coleman Hawkins, Jelly Roll Morton and Billie Holiday, the NYT article said. His advice for longevity (his last gig was 2005) as quoted in the story: “I didn’t have but one woman at a time. I didn’t drink a lot of whiskey. I did what my father (a jazz musician and barber) told me to do.”