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More from Paris Nov. 16, 1969

In addition to the 40 minutes film we presented on the website the other day, there is about one hour of raw material from the filming of the Second Sacred Concert in Saint Sulpice in Paris on Nov. 16, 1969.

Some of this material is identical to what appears in the film but it also features some of the songs that were left out from the film.

News clips are available too, they were filmed by ORTF during the rehearsal for the concert and the website has located a segment of one of them. ORTF was the agency responsible for public radio and television in France between 1964 and 1974.

Because of technical WordPress limitations, we have decided to present the material in four separate segments rather than edit all of them together in one clip.

We start with a snapshot from the rehearsal.

Then we move on to the moment when the audience arrives and the orchestra gets on stage to the organ music of Wild Bill Davis.

Next comes the moment when Ellington enters and is welcomed by the chaplain of Saint Sulpice. Then the concert starts and Ellington announces Harry Carney in Praise God. After this follow Supreme Being , Something ‘Bout Believing, Almighty God, The Shepherd , Heaven. And finally the segment ends with Freedom.

The last segment is the final 13 minutes of the film we brought to our readers on Nov. 19. It starts with Ellington paying tribute to Alice Babs, Tony Watkins, Harry Carney and The Swingle Singers for their performance of Freedom. He then announces a break.  When he comes back, the film goes directly to Meditation and then continues with Alice Babs singing T.G.T.T and an incomplete version of Praise God And Dance.

With the four segments, we bring you most of what happened in Saint Sulpice on Nov. 16, 1969.

However, despite our efforts, we have not been able to find film clips with the performances of The Biggest, Dont Get Down On Your Knees and Father Forgive, which would have given us a complete version of the concert. Neither have we found clips with The Preacher’s Song and In The Beginning God, which, according to NDESOR, ended the concert.

Luckily, we have at our disposal a sound tape with the five missing songs. The tape seems to be the result of someone recording the concert from a television broadcast. There are two reasons we believe this. Firstly, the sound is very different from the two other film sources we have used; secondly, a French voice describes what is going on in the concert and interpret into French what Ellington says. This voice no doubt belongs to Phillipe Adler (see previous article) but we doubt that the tape was recorded from a Jazz 6 program. It simply does not sounds like one. So the sound on the tape must come from a telecast of the concert at the time.

The tape has everything that follows the performance of Freedom, that is The Biggest, Meditation (nc), Dont Get Down On Your Knees, Father ForgiveThe Preacher’s Song and In The Beginning God. The sound quality of the tape is inferior but we have decided to publish it anyhow.


Second Sacred Concert in Paris Nov. 16, 1969

When Ellington started his 1969 European tour at the end of October that year, three performances of the ”Second Sacred Concert ” was scheduled, The first one was to take place in Stockholm on November 6, the second in Paris on November 16 and the third one in Barcelona on November 24.

The website has published the full performance of the ”Second Sacred Concert” in the Gustav Vasa Church in Stockholm on November 6, 1969. It was done in two installments – the first one was published on December 8, 2016 and the second on April 27 this year.

Now the website turns to the second performance of the ”Second Sacred Concert” – one in Paris.

After having criss-crossed Europe after the visit to Stockholm, Ellington and the orchestra must have arrived in Paris on November 15 to be fully available for both a rehearsal and the concert in the Church of Saint Sulpice in the 6th arrondissement of Paris on November 16.

The Swingle Singers had been engaged to do the choir part at the concert and Wild Bill Davis was present as well.

Based on NDESOR, it seems that the program in Saint Sulpice was identical to the one in Stockholm except that two numbers were added to the program – ”The Preacher’s Song” sung by Tony Watkins and ”In The Beginning God” with Babs, Watkins and The Swingle Singers.

The website has not been able to locate a film with the full version of the concert but it was certainly filmed and the material used to produce a 40 minutes film. Possibly it was done by a company called Le Service des Variétés or as part of a series with this name.

The film covers about half of what was performed at the concert and includes the following songs: Praise GodThe ShephardHeavenFreedomMeditationTGTT Praise God and Dance.

We are happy to share it here with DESS’ members and our other readers. Unfortunately, the last 3 minutes of the film is missing. Perhaps someone can provide us with a complete version.

It is obviously recorded from one of Philippe Adler’s Jazz 6 programs on the French TV channel M6. His voice is heard in the beginning and in the middle of the film.

Fotograf: Christer Landergren

Av och till presenterar webbplatsen foton från Ellingtons besök i Sverige och vi kommer att fortsätta med det ett tag till.

Den här gången kan vi visa några Ellington-bilder tagna av Christer Landergren. De är hämtade från hans stora donation till Jazzarkivet i samband med hans bortgång och kan publiceras här tack vare tillmötesgående från Jazzarkivet och hans son Karl Landergren äger rättigheterna.

Landergrens jazzintresse väcktes tidigt och kombinerades med ett intresse för fotografi. Därför blev han en av Sveriges främsta jazzfotografer, om inte den främsta. I många år arbetade Landergren som fotograf för Orkesterjournalen vid sidan av sin yrkesverksamhet som lärare i fotografi.

Landergren hade ett starkt intresse för Ellington. I en minnesartikel på bloggen ”kassandra50” skriver författaren och den tidigare fotografen Anita Westin bl.a. om det.  ”Vi lyssnade mycket på jazzskivor tillsammans. Väldigt ofta handlade det om Duke Ellingtons storband. Då hände det att Christer fällde kommentarer om bortgångna Ellingtonmusiker; ”Snart är de fulltaliga igen i Ellingtonbandet, de sitter nog där uppe och lirar för fullt!”

Kanske är det därför som Landergrens Ellington-bilder är så uttrycksfulla men det var också hans stil.


Den som vill veta mer om honom rekommenderas att läsa artikeln på  ”kassandra50” (http://kassandra50.blogg.se/2006/september/christer-landergren-1941-2006.html) men också en artikel om om honom på Jazzarkivets webbplats https://musikverket.se/svensktvisarkiv/i-samlingarna/fotografier/christer-landergrens-samling/christer-landergren.

1987 gav han ut en jazzfotobok – ”Body and Soul” och bidrag med bilder också till antologin ”Den Gyllene Cirkeln” (redaktör Roger Bergner). Både finns att köpa i antikvariat och på Internet.





Bill Berry and Buster Cooper interview

Bildresultat för Bill Berry and Buster Cooper

In the November 2018 issue of the DESS Bulletin, Bill Berry (1930-2002), ex-Ellington trumpeter, was featured rather heavily. We came across an interview by doctor Michael Woods, where he was talking to not only Bill Berry, but also Buster Cooper (1929-1916) who played in Ellington’s trombone section from 1962 to 1969. Berry was a member of the trumpet section in the beginning in 1962 and also later on played with Ellington on a few other occasions, so the two men’s tenure with the band was over-lapping for a few months.


By clicking above you will be able to se and hear this interesting interview from 1995. We hope you will enjoy it!

New CD from DESS


DESS and its sister organization  in UK, DESUK, have together produced a CD as a gift to the members, just in time for Christmas. This year we have selected a dance date from the Holiday Ballroom in Chicago on November 10, 1957. The band is the same as appeared at the Newport Festival in the previous year, except that Harold Baker on trumpet and Ozzie Bailey, vocal, are added.

Blue Jean Beguine

The sound on the CD is quite all right, and above you’ll find a sample with Cat Anderson playing trumpet on his own composition. The sound of the audience adds to the autenticity of this real dance date. The contents can be seen on the copy of the CD booklet (top picture), which on its inside has got interesting liner notes by Roger Boyes. We find some rare numbers in the program, such as Mambo Jambo by Perez Prado, In The Mood by Joe Garland and Happy One by Duke himself. In the years just after the Newport ’56 Ferstival, Diminuendo And Crescendo In Blue with the Wailing Interval was more or less mandatory in any appearance by Duke Ellington and his orchestra.

We wish all DESS members happy listening!


DESS Bulletin 2018-4

The last 2018 issue of the DESS Bulletin should have reached the DESS members in Sweden by now but members in other countries might have to wait some more days.

Bill Berry – trumpeter and big band leader who played with Ellington from Dec. 4 1961 to mid-Sep. 1962 – is a key feature of the issue. He is covered in three articles.

The Swedish jazz critic Jan Olsson has contributed the longest one, in which he summaries Berry’s career and particulalrly his time with Ellington. It is supplemented by an interview of Berry by Steve Voce c 1979/1980 and a non-credited article about how got engaged with Ellington.

An article by Mike Zirpolo from his blog ”Swing & Beyond” about Ben Webster and Cotton Tail is another feature in the new Bulletin. It is both a short portrait of Webster before his time with Duke and a guide into of Cotton Tail.

For the rest, it is Bo Haufman’s pen, which has been working.

He contributes no less than five article. Bo gives the readers a portrait of Willie ”The Lion” Smith, presents the new DESS CD (see below), walks us through some of the Ellington memorials, look at the issue of Ellington and colours and tells us how some Ellington tunes got their names.

The Winter issue of the Bulletin comes with a new DESS CD. It is most of The Holiday Ballroon dance date from Nov. 10, 1957 and has been produced in collaboration with DESUK.

It will be presented in an article on the website in a couple of days.

Ellington-serie på Sveriges Radio 1994 (10)

Vi har nu kommit till det tionde och sista programmet i Jan Bruérs och Lars Westins serie om Duke Ellington. Det sändes den 16 maj 1994 och har titeln ”In a Mellotone”.

Det är ett sammanfattande program, som ger ett brett panorama över Ellingtons musik och verk och utgör en elegant slutpunkt för Jans och Lars uttömmande programserie om ”Mästaren”.

Med den har gav de alla Ellington- och andra jazzvänner i Sverige tio kvällar av lyssningsglädje inför Ellington ’94-konferensen.

Idag är programserien också ett fantastiskt verktyg för att introducera Ellington för dem som ännu inte hittat vägen till honom.

Ett varmt tack till Jan och Lars för båda dessa saker!

Liksom de tidigare programmen i serien finns det här programmet tillgängligt för DESS-medlemmar i radiodelen av Elllington-arkivet.

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