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Jantzen Beach Ballroom, Nov. 13, 1954, part 2

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It’s time for the second visit to the Jantzen Beach Ball Room in Portland, Oregon. First a tidbit as to what you can find in the Goodies Room.

Harry Carney

Harry Carney in Serious Serenade

In addition to this song, DESS members will be able to hear and download the following numbers in the Goodies Room.

*Smada*In The Mood*If I Give My Heart To You*Sophisticated Lady*Serious Serenade*Perdiso*Caravan*

This session starts with a Strayhorn composition named Smada with Jimmy Hamilton soloing on calarinet. The next item that we present is a tune attributed to Joe Garland, called In The Mood. Everybody of course knows that this was a number made popular by Glenn Miller’s orchestra in 1939 and Ellington made a studio recording of it in 1954. After Duke’s piano introduction, we hear Peck Morrison in a couple of breaks and Clark Terry, Russel Procope,Jimmy Hamilton and Ray Nance  soloing. In If I GiveMy Heart To You, a popular song at the time, Ellington and Harry Carney share the solos, and in Sophisticated Lady we hear Harry Carney’s impressive bass clarinet playing.

Serious Serenade is a composition by Ellington for Carney’s powerful baryton playing, is a joy to hear. This tune was only played during the years 1953-55 and after that it dissappeared from the repertoire. In Perdido we hear Ray Nance and Clark Terry as solists. This part of the dance date ends with Caravan, and Ellington, Hamilton. Quentin Jackson, Ray Nance and Cat Anderson are heard soloing.

We’ll be back in two weeks time with the third part of this dance date.

In the meantime: Enjoy the music!

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