Jack Chambers was also among the presenters on the fourth and last day of Ellington 2021.
He is currently in the early stages of working on another book on Ellington and had chosen to give the participants in Ellington 2021 a snapshot of one of the chapters in the forthcoming book.
His presentation focused particularily on Wild Bill Davis’ and Ron Collier’s work as arrangers for Ellington in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.
Brian is a man full of knowledge about jazz and among other things about Duke Ellington. When he was asked to make a presentation to Ellington 2021, he thought a lot about it and finally said: “Yes, I like to do one and it will be about Duke Ellington’s Sound of Africa”.
But the title was developed into a multifaceted presentation, in which Brian in a very pedagogical way highlighted Ellington’s musical approach in the the five Ellington recordings he played in his presentation.
At the end, Brian said: .”Maybe you will listen more carefully to some of these things” and he certainly challenged wth his presentation to do so!
At one point in the presentation, Brian referred to an article in “an upcoming issue of Blue Light”. Since Ellington 2021, the issue has been published and all DESUK members can read “Keys to the Kingdom”. Brian says it is a “reseach in progress” and it has quite some links to his presentation.
Jan Bruér – Swedish jazz critic and writer, record producer and DESS member – was one of the speakers on the last day of Ellington 2021. Back in 1960’s, he did a long interview with Harry Carney in Stockholm with a particular focus on Otto Hardwick. The interview is the basis of Jan’s presentation. In it he focus on Hardwick’s hot side rather than the sweet one and tries to identify when Carney played his first baritone solo with Duke Ellington.