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Gothenburg Nov 6, 1958, 2nd concert, part 2


Göteborgs konserthus

First few tunes of the ”long” medley

The 2nd part of the concert starts with two versions of Boo-Dah, with Duke telling a small story about the composer of this tune, Billy Strayhorn. This has been issued on Musica Jazz LP MJP 1005, a fairly long time ago.

The next number, Hi Fi Fo Fum is mainly a drum solo for Sam Woodyard which was first heard at the Newport Jazz Festival in July the same year. It was obviously an attempt to repeat the success from the early 50-ies with Skin Deep and Louie Bellson. This version of Hi Fi Fo Fum has not been commercially issued. (mer…)

Gothenburg Nov 6, 1958, 2nd concert, part 1

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Göteborgs konserthus

In June 2017, the website published an article about Ellington’s tour of Europe in October- November 1958 and particularly about his two appearances in Sweden – the one in Stockholm on Nov. 4th and the one in Gothenburg on Nov. 6th.

As part of the article we made available to DESS members the first concert at the Gothenburg Concert Hall. This month, they can once again enjoy it in the Goodies Room.

Whereas this concert mainly has remained unissued, parts of the second concert have been issued on a number of labels, but not in its entirety anywhere before. This is probably one of the best recordings made on Ellington’s 1958 European tour and we are therefore happy to make the first part of  it available in the Goodies Room to DESS members together with the full first concert.

The second part of the concert will be published later this week.

The 1958 version of the Duke Ellington orchestra was impressive: On trumpets Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Harold Baker and Ray Nance, on trombones Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman and John Sanders, the reeds were Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves and Harry Carney, and besides Duke in the rhythm section are Jimmy Woode and Sam Woodyard. Ozzie Bailey is the singer. (mer…)

Hertigens spelmän – program 3

Det tredje programmet i Jan Bruérs radioserie Hertigens spelmän sändes den 10 aug. 1981.

Det handlar om trombonisterna i Ellingtons orkester. Fokus är på trombontrion Tricky-Sam Nanton, Lawrence Brown och Juan Tizol. Men programmet bjuder också på Tyree Glenn och Booty Wood.

DESS’ medlemmar kan lyssna till det här.

Hoppas att programmet smakar!

Hertigens spelmän – program 2

Det andra programmet i Jan Bruérs radioserie Hertigens spelmän sändes den 3 aug. 1981.

Det handlar om trumpetarna i Ellingtons orkester.

DESS’ medlemmar kan lyssna till det här.

Bubber Miley, Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart, Ray Nance och Clark Terry hörs i programmet.

God lyssning!

Hertigens spelmän – program 1

Sensommaren 1981 sände P2 en programserie av Jan Bruér om några av de viktigaste medlemmarna i Duke Ellingtons orkester.

Serien hette Hertigens spelmän och varje program handlade om en viss grupp av blåsare.

Det första programmet, som sändes den 27 juli 1981, handlade om rörblåsarna i Ellingtons orkester.

DESS’ medlemmar kan lyssna till det här.

Jan hade valt Russell Procope, Jimmy Hamilton, Barney Bigard, Harry Carney och Johnny Hodges som exempel.

Mycket nöje!


Autumn 2019 Issue of DESS Bulletin

The new Bulletin with a lot of good reading was sent out to DESS members a couple of days ago.

Betty Roché is the featured artist this time.

Bo Haufman has written the main article about her. For him she is Duke’s ”unforgettable vocalist”. The article is supplemented by a discography of Betty Roché outside the Ellington organization.

The second installment of Nigel Haslewood’s article about Al Sears is also another major read in the new Bulletin.

Two well-known Ellington compositions – Rocks In My Bed and Mood Indigo – are presented in separate articles. From his website ”Swing and Beyond” Mike Zirpolo has contributed the article on Rocks In My Bed while the one about Mood Indigo is written by Bo Haufman.

He has also contributed an article about Frank Sebastian’s Cotton Club in Culver City in Los Angeles. In later incarnations it is also known as Casa Mañana and Meadowbrook Gardens Café.

The new Bulletin also reprints (with some changes) Anders Asplund’s article about Duke Ellington’s concert in Storvik on April 23, 1939, which  was published on the DESS website last year.

In addition to all this, readers can find in information about the 2020 Duke Ellington Conference in Washington D.C. and a review of a DVD with one of Ellington’s last concerts in the next to last issue of  DESS Bulletin for 2019.


Smått och gott i augusti / Bits and Pieces in August

New Ellington Books (2)

The American writer and jazz columist Con Chapman has written a biography about Johnny Hodges. The title is Rabbit’s Blues – The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges.

It is not entirely clear if it has been published yet. According to the website of the publisher – Oxford University Press – the book will be published Nov. 1 but both new and used copies of it are available at amazon.com. The price for a hardcopy is 27,95 USD. It is also available as an e-book (Kindle) for 14 USD less. However, the book is currently not available on the European Amazon websites.

The web editor has taken advantage of the e-book offer and has read it this week.

It gives a very complete story of the life and career of Johnny Hodges. The book  takes the reader the from Hodges’ birth to his death with almost overwhelming details. His references and footnotes indicates that he has read everything that has already been written about Hodges and used it to a very comprehensive book.

The website will not review the book in detail but recommend its vistors to read the excellent review, which former Blue Light editor Ian Bradly published on his website a couple of days ago. The url is http://villesville.blogspot.com/.

Ellingtonkonferensen 2020

The 26th Duke Ellington Study Group Conference will take place in Washington D.C. at Georgetown University on March 11-15 next year. The organiser of the conference is Professor Anna Celenza, who holds the Thomas E. Caestecker Chair in Music at Georgetown University and had written extensively about Duke Ellington.

With this it is obvious that academic musicologists have taken over the relay as regards Ellington conferences. Out of the last three only one – New York 2016 – has been organised by a Duke Ellington Society or equivalent.

The web editor spoke to Dr. Matthias Heyman about this at the 2018 Ellington Conference in Birmingham. He had just before the conference obtained a PhD of Arts at the University of Antwerp in 2018 with his doctorial thesis on Jimmy Blanton.


The theme for the 2020 conference is Mapping Duke Ellington’s World.

This theme is broadly conceived by the organizers and can include presentations and performances on a range of topics including Ellington’s travels/tours, Ellington’s collaborators, Ellington collections/archives around the world, transcription as a form of musical mapping, musical landscapes in Ellington’s works, mapping the Ellington imagination, Ellington and film, Ellington iconography, and the reception history of Ellington’s works/performances”.

The deadline for proposing papers was August 15 but possibly proposals can still be submitted.

In addition to presentations of academic papers, panels and roundtables there will be cultural walks and visits in Washington D.C. as well as a program of performances by local Washington DC performers.

Keynote speakers will be

Professor Thomas Brothers, Duke University who has published books on Louis Armstrong as well as Duke Ellington

Dr. John E. Hasse, Curator Emeritus at Smithsonian and author of Beyond Categories: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington and many other books.

Professor Tammy Kernodle, Society of American Music

The conference will open with a concert at the classical jazz club Blues Alley in Georgetown.

A website – http://www.ellington2020.org – is already in place. There one can find more information about the conference and buy conference tickets, book hotel and more.

A ticket to the five-day conference is 75 USD for those retired and 100 USD for younger participants. The prices are valid until Dec. 15

Ellington’s Sacred Concerts

The Jazz History Online blog (https://jazzhistoryonline.com), with Thomas Cunniffe as editor, published a very extensive article on Ellington’s Sacred Concerts before the summer. It is highly recommended for everyone interested in the concerts.

Cunniff writes about how each concert developed and about the main songs in each of them. It is richly illustrated by photos and video clips (including some provided by DESS from the Second Sacred Consert in the Gustaf Vasa Cathedral

The article can be read at https://jazzhistoryonline.com/duke-ellingtons-sacred-concerts.

New pods at Ellington Reflections

The website Ellington Reflections  (https://ellingtonreflections.com/) continues tirelessly to produce podcasts on  different topics related to Ellington. During the summer it has published five new ones.

Portrait of Lawrence Brown 1 and 2 (July 21 and August 4 2019)

The Treasury Shows 4 (July 7 2019)

Old Wine and New Bottles (June 16 2019)

Portrait of Otto Hardwicke (June 2 2019

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