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DR Ellington Broadcasts – Program 20

The second ”goodie” for December is program 20 in the Duke Ellington series broadcasted by the Danish Radio in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. The broadcast is available in the ”Goodies” section of the website.

The program was broadcasted on June 7, 1985.

The program starts with music recorded for the English theatre play ”The Jay Walker”. After a short excerpt of ”The Queen” and a part of a CBC interview from 1967 in which Ellington tells how he came to write the music for the play, we hear ”Mac” which is the musical charactarization of the main character in the play also called Mac. Ellington later reused this piece in his Second Sacred Concert as ”TGTT”.

The ”The Jay Walker” part of the broadcast ends with ”Policia” (take 1) and an untitled blues which was never used in the play. In the Ellington discographies it appears as Blues no. 16

Next in the program comes stockpile music recorded on the same date (April 14, 1965) as some of the songs for the ”Concert in Virgin Island” album. We hear ”Rod la Roque” (take 4), ”Love Scene” (take 2) and Rhythm Section Blues (aka ”Big Fat Alice’s Blues) (take 1). All three have been issued in the Private Collection series (vol. 8).

The broadcast ends with three selections from the June 15, 1970 stockpile session – ”Hard” (aka ”Mendoza”) (take , ”Ballad” (aka ”Mixt”) (take 24) and ”Just A-Settin’ And A-Rockin'” (take 42). This session also produced some of the movements for ”The River”.

 

 

 

 

DESS-mötet den 7 december 2017

Här kommer en kort rapport från mötet baserad på uppgifter från några av deltagarna och med foton tagna av Bo Haufman.

Kvällens föredragshållare var Ivan Sundberg, som under många år drev skivbolaget Ad Lib.

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Han presenterade en intervju som den amerikanske journalisten Ed Bridges gjorde med Alice Babs vid ett besök i Stockholm och interfolierade den med personligt vald Babs- och Ellington-musik. Det var ett innehålls- och perspektivrikt föredrag framfört med stor elegans. DESS’ chefstekniker (och mycket annat) Göran Axelsson spelade in föredraget som man kan lyssna på här.

Bridges intervju publicerades i Bulletinen 2002:3 men har också lagts upp separat på webbplatsen i Ellington-arkivet när vi skrev om den i vår artikel om Alice Babs den 17 november 2016.

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Efter pausen tog Stockholm Jazz Trio över och bjöd på ett varierat program som berättade om den moderna pianotrions födelse och utveckling. Daniel Tilling vid pianot, Jan Adefelt på bas och Jesper Kviberg bakom trummorna bjöd publiken på sina tolkningar av bl.a. Moten Swing, Johnny Come Lately, Moonglow, Star-Crossed Lovers, Ellington Sound of Love och Jubilation.

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Sammanfattningsvis fick publiken sig till livs ett  högkvalitativt program som få jazzklubbar kan bjuda på. Varför får då inte fler medlemmar ändan ur vagnen och kommer på mötena?

Stockholm 1994 (4)

Richard Wang, director of the jazz ensemble at the University of Illinois, gave the last presentation of the first day. He talked about the 1994 revival in Chicago of Ellington’s Beggar’s Opera.

 

The second day of the conference included a presentation by the English trumpeter and musicologist, Ken Rattenbury, on Ellington’s method of composition. The result of his research work was later publish in the book, ”Duke Ellington, Jazz Composer”.

 

In the afternoon, Lawrence H. Lawrence talked about Bubber Miley. Unfortunately, only about 30 minutes of his presentation was taped. The beginning part is missing.

Deep South Suite

Vdisk 2

In the 1940’s, from 1943 to 1948, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC no less than on seven different occasions. On each of these occasions newly written extended works were played. In 1943 there were two concerts, one on Jan 23 where Black Brown And Beige was played in its entirety and one on Nov 11 which featured New World A-Comin’.

The 1944 performance included Blutopia and Perfume Suite. Then again, in 1946, there were two concerts, one on Jan 4, where Duke presented A Tonal Group and one on Nov. 23 presenting Deep South Suite.

For the 1947 performance in Dec 26-27, Ellington had been commissioned to write his Liberian Suite, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Liberian republic in Africa. There was one more concert at Carnegie Hall before the end of the decade, in Nov. 1948, which included performances of Symphomaniac and The Tattooed Bride. Billy Strayhorn contributed to most of these works, exceptions being New World A-Comin’ and The Tattooed Bride.

Deep South Suite is highlighting  Ellington’s  interpretation of the racial situation in the South in the forties and earlier, and below you’ll find a presentation of the contents of the suite by Leonard Feather for the subsequent V-Disc issue

Leonard Feather introduces Deep South Suite

The complete suite is available for downloading and listening in the Goodies Room. (mer…)

Smått och gott / Bits and Pieces

An Irving Mills Advertising Manual for Ellington

To promote Ellington, Irving Mills, amongst other things, had his publicity people prepare advertising manuals with ”stories”, quotes and pictures, which newspapers could easily reuse.

According to Steven Lasker in a recent article in Blue Light, the first manual was produced for the six month’s tour which started at the end of October 1931 and had 23 pages incl. the cover. It is reprinted in the 2017 Autumn issue of Blue Light.

A new manual was produced for Ellington’s 1933 tour to England and it apparently exists in different versions. It will be reprinted in the Winter issue of Blue Light.

Thanks to Lars Westin, the DESS website is able to show an example of what an advertising manual looked like. It seems to be a version produced in 1934 since it on page 7 refers to the England tour.

The full manual is available in the Ellington Archive.

DESS-bulletinen 1995-4

Eftersom det nu gått två år sedan numret publicerades är det nu tillgängligt också för icke DESS-medlemmar under fliken ”Bulletinen”.

Som framgår av omslaget är det tillägnat Billy Strayhorn med fyra mycket läsvärda artiklar om honom plus en Strayhorn-diskografi. I övrigt presenteras Olle Edströms bok ”Duke Ellington och jazz i Sverige” och serieboken om Lena Junoff.

Alice Babs och Maj Ödman

Hösten 1974 startade programserien ”Vetandets värld” i Sveriges Radio och i ett av de första programmen samtalade programledaren Maj Ödman och Alice Babs om Duke Ellington. Det var en del av en programvecka om ljud men verkar också ha varit föranlett av att Ellingtons självbiografi ”Music Is My Mistress” kommit ut på svenska under namnet ”Jag älskar musik”.

Programmet finns tillgängligt på Sveriges Radios webbplats på adressen http://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/324103?programid=412 men kan också avlyssnas i Ellington-arkivet.

Ellington ’94 (3)

After the lunch at the Stockholm Town Hall, the conference participants enjoyed, among others a presentation by the French jazz critic and record producer Alexandre Rado on his friend Cat Anderson, and to what Nils Lindberg, the Swedish jazz musician and composer, had to say about Dalecarlia and African influences in the orchestral arrangement he wrote for Duke and which was recorded as Far Away Star

The next morning, after having recovered from the gala concert at the Stockholm Concert Hall (where among others Clark Terry performed), they could listen to Klaus Stratemen talking about Ellington on film and showing some goodies from his archive.

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