The third issue of the Bulletin is now on its way to the DESS members. As usual, it is full of interesting articles within a broad range of Ellington subjects. The fact that the editor and his team manage to do this quarter after quarter is really impressive.
This time, the cover article is about Russell Procope – the clarinet and alto sax player, who was a solid part of the Ellington orchestra for more than 25 years.
In a four-page article, Bo Haufman – the Bulletin editor – let us follow the career of Procope from his early days on the New York big band scene in the 1920 and 1930s to the John Kirby Sextet and military service before focusing on his years with Ellington, whom he joined in 1946. Of course, the author goes more into detail as regards the Ellington period and separately deals with Procope – the altosaxophonist and Procope – the clarinettist.
The article lists many of the recordings in which Procope participated both with Ellington but also other bands like Clarence Williams, Fletcher Henderson and John Kirby. They can be listened to in the (right) music player of the website. Details of the songs are listed in a comment to this article.
The Swedish readers of the Bulletin can also enjoy a reprint from Orkesterjournal of a review by Bo Scherman of the concert by Cootie Williams and Russell Procope in the Stockholm jazz club Fasching on February 22, 1978.
Other articles in the new issue of the Bulletin cover topics as diverse as the Mae West 1934 film Belle of the Nineties (Fred Glueckstein), Ellington’s tenorsax players between Ben Webster and Paul Gonsalves (Bo Haufman) and Ellington’s recordings/performances of the song ”Frankie and Johnny” (Bo Haufman).
There are also a reprint of an article about Sonny Greer’s drumkits and an interview by Göran Wallén with baritone saxophonist John Williams about Willie Cook and other musicians.