We will finish our series of articles from Ellington ’90 in Ottawa with another three selections from the rich program of the conference.
Our first selection is the presentation of Kurt Dietrich on Joe ”Tricky Sam” Nanton. He did a presention on Ellington’s trombonists at the Ellington ’89 in Washington D.C. and his presentation in Ottawa was in a sense a follow-up to it.
His two books Ellington’s Trombonists and Jazz Trombonists are highly recommended.
By the time of the Ottawa conference, John E. Haase had been Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History for six years. In this capacity, he was leading the work to turn the big collection of Duke Ellington documents and papers, which were transferred to the Smithsonian in 1988, into the Ellington Archive.
On the first day of the conference he chaired a panel of key members of his team, who presented different aspects of the Ellington Archive. On the last day of the conference, Haase put on his research cloths and gave a presentation titled Ellington Storms Europe, 1939 on Ellington’s second visit to Europe.
As in some earlier Ellington Study Group conferences, there was also a panel with mostly Ellington alumni. Harold Ashby, Butch Ballard, Bobby Boyd, Kenny Burrell, Wild Bill Davis and John Lamb was part of it and Patricia Willard was the moderator.