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Ellington in Europe 1939

Duke Ellington’s monthlong tour of Europe between April 1 and May 1, 1939 took him and the orchestra to France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

They spent most of the time in Sweden, where Ellington gave 22 concerts in 14 cities. He played three times in both Stockholm and Göteborg.

In addition, Ellington and the orchestra performed in Oslo, Norway and in Copenhagen, Denmark, (two concerts in each city).

The tour meant that thousands of Swedes, most of them young, experienced Ellington and his music directly. Many of them also made contact with Ellington and band members  to shake hands and get their concert programs autographed.

The website has published two articles about the tour in Sweden with some quite unique photos. One is about Ellington’s concerts in Stockholm on April 16, April 24 and April 29 and the other about the concert in Storvik on April 23, 1939

Ellington’s European tour is well documented in The Duke – Where and When with links to what has been witten about the tour and lists of the music played at the concerts in The Netherlands.

Preparing for the Ellington ’90 conference, John E. Hasse researched the Ellington Archive for material about the 1939 tour and on the last day of the conference he made an hourlong presentation on it.

As a true pedagog, Hasse had prepared an eight pages handout with essential information from his presentation. Roger Boyes of DESUK has very kindly shared his copy of the handout with the website to allow us to share it with our readers.

Ellington in Europe 1939 handout

 

 

 

Gothenburg Nov 6, 1958, 2nd concert, part 2

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Göteborgs konserthus

First few tunes of the “long” medley

The 2nd part of the concert starts with two versions of Boo-Dah, with Duke telling a small story about the composer of this tune, Billy Strayhorn. This has been issued on Musica Jazz LP MJP 1005, a fairly long time ago.

The next number, Hi Fi Fo Fum is mainly a drum solo for Sam Woodyard which was first heard at the Newport Jazz Festival in July the same year. It was obviously an attempt to repeat the success from the early 50-ies with Skin Deep and Louie Bellson. This version of Hi Fi Fo Fum has not been commercially issued. (more…)

Gothenburg Nov 6, 1958, 2nd concert, part 1

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Göteborgs konserthus

In June 2017, the website published an article about Ellington’s tour of Europe in October- November 1958 and particularly about his two appearances in Sweden – the one in Stockholm on Nov. 4th and the one in Gothenburg on Nov. 6th.

As part of the article we made available to DESS members the first concert at the Gothenburg Concert Hall. This month, they can once again enjoy it in the Goodies Room.

Whereas this concert mainly has remained unissued, parts of the second concert have been issued on a number of labels, but not in its entirety anywhere before. This is probably one of the best recordings made on Ellington’s 1958 European tour and we are therefore happy to make the first part of  it available in the Goodies Room to DESS members together with the full first concert.

The second part of the concert will be published later this week.

The 1958 version of the Duke Ellington orchestra was impressive: On trumpets Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Harold Baker and Ray Nance, on trombones Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman and John Sanders, the reeds were Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves and Harry Carney, and besides Duke in the rhythm section are Jimmy Woode and Sam Woodyard. Ozzie Bailey is the singer. (more…)

Recordings in Sweden 1939-1973

Apr 29, 1939 Stockholm
DUKE ELLINGTON
40th birthday interview by Manne Berggren, SR, Dagens Eko´s evening

DUKE ELLINGTON & HIS FAMOUS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Stockholms Konserthus, recorded by Nils Castegren  

June 4, 1950 Stockholm
AL KILLIAN´S JAZZ GROUP
Rec in Stockholm

Nov 4, 1958 Stockholm
DUKE ELLINGTON
Interview by Bo Holmqvist SR BC in Journalen

Nov 6, 1958 Göteborg
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Göteborgs Konserthus

Sep 26, 1959 Stockholm
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Stockholms Konserthus

Mars 14, 1961 Stockholm
JOHNNY HODGES
SR BC from Stockholms Konserthus

Feb 3, 1963 Stockholm
DUKE ELLINGTON
Interview by Sven Lindahl, SVT, Aktuellt – Apropå

Feb 6, 1963 Stockholm
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Stockholms Konserthus

Feb 7, 1963 Stockholm
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Stockholms Konserthus

LAWRENCE BROWN
Interview by Leif “Smoke Rings” Andersson SR BC, Stockholm

DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA with Stockholm Symphony Orchestra
SR TC Indigo, Circus, Stockholm

Feb 8, 1963 Stockholm
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Stockholms Konserthus

Feb 9, 1963 Kalmar
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Kalmar Sporthall

June 4-9, 1963 Stockholm
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Gröna Lund, Stockholm

June 19, 1963 Malmö
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Amiralen, Malmö

Mars 9, 1964 Stockholm
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Stockholms Konserthus

Mars 11, 1964 Göteborg
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Göteborgs Konserthus

Febr 2, 1965 Stockholm
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Stockholms Konserthus

Febr 7, 1966 Stockholm
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Stockholms Konserthus

Febr 8, 1966 Stockholm
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC/TC from Cirkus Stockholm

Jan 24, 1967 Stockholm
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Stockholms Konserthus

Jan 19, 1968 New York
Interview by Leif “Smoke Rings” Andersson SR BC, Stockholm

Nov 4, 1969 Stockholm
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Kongresshallen Stockholm

Nov 5, 1969 Stockholm
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC Rehearsals Gustav Vasa kyrka

Nov 6, 1969 Stockholm
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR TC from Gustav Vasa kyrka, Stockholm

Nov 9, 1969 Malmö
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Stadsteatern, Malmö

July 8, 1970 Göteborg
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Liseberg Konserthall, Göteborg

Nov 8, 1971 Malmö
DR? TC, interview by Per Möller Hansen
from Savoy Hotell, Malmö

Nov 9, 1971 Uppsala
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Universitetsaulan, Uppsala

SR BC interview by Gunilla Marcus from Universitetsaulan, Uppsala

Nov 10, 1971 Malmö
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Stadsteatern, Malmö

Oct 25, 1973 Malmö
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Stadsteatern, Malmö

Oct 28, 1973 Stockholm
DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA
SR BC from Konserthuset, Stockholm

A detailed discography of the recordings is available for downloading. DOWNLOAD

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