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Concerts in Sweden 1969

Stockholm 4 Nov. 1969, 1st concert

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Lawrence Brown plays Serenade To Sweden

When Duke Ellington & his Orchestra arrived in Sweden on Nov. 4, 1969 it was nearly three years after the previous visit in January 1967. In the mean-time some important changes in the band’s personnell had taken place in that Ambrose Jackson and Rolf Ericson were now part of the  trumpet section (at least temporarily), Herbie Jones gone. Buster Cooper was gone as well, leaving the trombone section with Lawrence Brown and Chuck Connors. Jimmy Hamilton had left, replaced by Harold Ashby and Norris Turney had been added to the saxophone section, making it six pieces strong. Victor Gaskin was new on bass and Wild Bill Davis and Tony Watkins had been added. These new musicians partly changed the sound of the band in that Norris Turney apart from playing reeds also played flute, which had hitherto been rare in the Ellington band. Harold Ashby added a new and easily recognizable tenor sound, but Jimmy Hamilton’s role on clarinet was never possible to be filled again, but in the band’s remaining years, Russell Procope, with his altogether different style, seemed to get more solo space. (more…)

Concerts in Sweden 1967 (2)

Stockholm 24 January 1967, 2nd concert

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Rufus Jones, Duke’s new drummer in 1967

The details of the 2nd concert in Stockholm on Jan. 24, 1967, did not come to the attention of the Italian New DESOR discographers until 2002. When we recieved a CD-copy of the concert from Sjef Hoefsmit he commented it as follows (quoted in full):

“There has been some discussion about the concerts on this date in Stockholm. There were on a certain moment three candidates, three different recorded broadcasts, all with the claim to be from Stockholm, 24Jan67. The discussion was published in DEMS Bulletin 02/2-8 and continues in Bulletin 02/3-10-1&2. The conclusion was that there were only two concerts in Stockholm, and that one recorded concert was not from Stockholm but from Manchester, 10Feb67.

Jan Bruér, who attended both concerts in Stockholmon 24Jan67, was clever enough to make notes of the titles (what Hoefsmit also should have done in Amsterdam 0n 2Nov58). He gave us these titles in DEMS Bulletin 02/2-8. Some of the titles from the second concert were “fresh” fur us and not mentioned in New DESOR’s correction sheet 1044.

Jan Bruér was so kind to send us a copy of this concert in a remarkable high quality. A copy has been sent to Giovanni Volonté and Luciano Massagli, to include the titles and the description in the New DESOR.

DEMS, October 2007″


Concerts in Sweden 1967

Stockholm 24 January 1967, 1st concert

Duke Ellington (1967) / photo by Philippe Halsman | Musique classique,  Musiciens de jazz, Musicien

Duke in 1967

Duke Ellington’s European tour in 1967 started in Paris on January 13 and ended in the same city on March 10. Nearly all the dates in between were dedicated to concerts in at least 11 different countries. In Sweden, there were performances in Stockholm on January 24 and in Malmö two days later, with a visit to Oslo on the way. It must have been a crazy schedule! There are two concerts surviving from Stockholm, but we have no recordings from the Malmö event.

We now invite you to listen to the 1st concert from Stocholm’s Concert Hall. You’ll find it in the Goodies Room. The orchestra was more or less the same as the one visiting Sweden the previous year, with the exception that Rufus Jones was now seated behind the drums instead of Sam Woodyard and that Money Johnson was added to the trumpet section.

Lawrence Brown in Rue Bleu (more…)

Concerts in Sweden 1966

Concerts in Stockholm 1966 (2)

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Action att Cirkus in Stockholm 1966

Ella sings Duke’s “favorite” tune

In contrast to the first concert from Stockholm’s Concert Hall on February 7, 1966, the second concert was broadcast by Swedish Radio. There was one broadcast on February 21 and one on March 11. Ella Fitzgerald and her trio were also part of this concert, but we strictly follow the New Desor on in our programming, meaning that Ella Fitzgerald is omitted, except for the two tunes att the end of the concert. The two concerts are not identical in contents, but differences are slight. (more…)

Concerts in Sweden 1965-66

Concerts in Stockholm 1966

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In our endeavor to publish Duke Ellington’s concerts in Sweden in chronological order, you will have noticed that the only surviving concert from 1965 was extensively covered in three different articles in April-May 2017. We will therefore continue with events in Stockholm 1966. That year there were two concerts at the Stockholm Concert Hall (Konserthuset) on February 7 and a televised concert from Cirkus on February 8, which we previously have presented in videoformat. The two concerts in the Concert Hall have never been issued on record, nor have have we presented them in these pages, but some numbers have found their way on LP records.

The 1966 tour was organized by Norman Granz and in the concerts the time was divided more or less equally by Duke and his orchestra and Ella Fitzgerald and her trio.

Cotton Tail with Ella Fitzgerald

We here present parts of the first concert (we have left out the parts where Ellington is not present in order to avoid a too large music file) in the Goodies Room. We have no evidence of this part ever being broadcast, in contrast to the second concert which was indeed broadcast by SR. (more…)

Concerts in Sweden 1964

Gothenburg March 11, 1964


Konserthuset in Gothenburg

Harry Carney in Agra

On the above date, there were two concerts at Konserthuset in Gothenburg. In our previous comments on the concerts in Stockholm, which took place two days earlier, we gave part of the story associated with these concerts. A more detailed account of this may be found in DEMS 12/1-6 which can be found in the DESS archive section. There is no to us available recording of the complete concert, but we have recordings from the 2nd concert from two main sources:

1. SR broadcast of edited parts of the concert  ( in bold below)

2. Pablo CD 2308-245 “HARLEM”

The complete concert contents were suggested by Sjef Hoefsmit to be as follows:

*Take The A Train*Black And Tan Fantasy/Creole Love Call/The Mooche*Perdido*Amad*Agra*Blue Bird Of Delhi*Depk*The Opener*Happy Reunion*Wailing Interval (AKA Blow By Blow)*HARLEM*Caravan*Tootie For Cootie*Isfahan*Things Ain’t What They Used To Be*All Of Me*The Prowling Cat*Kinda Dukish & Rockin’ In Rhythm*Satin Doll*Jones & bc close* (more…)

Concerts in Sweden 1964

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Duke Ellington in 1964

If there is an abundance of surviving recordings from Duke Ellington’s tours in Sweden 1963, the resulting recordings from the 1964 tour is rather meagre with only three  cities visited: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö with two concerts each. We have at hand a copy of parts of the first concert in Stockholm, and the complete program from 2nd concert from Gothenburg (from various sources). No copies have survived from the Malmö visit.

Paul Gonsalves plays Happy Reunion

The circumstances surrounding these concerts were for a long time unclear, where parts of the Gothenburg concert were thought to be from the 2nd concert in Stockholm. DESS was able to support the late Sjef Hoefsmit to sort this problem out. We can therefor present parts of the first concert in Stockholm on March 9, 1964 to our members. You’ll find it in the Goodies Room. (more…)

Dance Dates in Sweden 1963

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Amiralen in Malmö

There are two surviving recordings of dance dates with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in Sweden in 1963  –  one from Dans In  at Gröna Lund in Stockholm from June 8  and one from Malmö in  the south of Sweden on June 19.

The website published a longer article about the dance date at  Gröna Lund with lots of photos on September 1, 2018

The dance date was recorded by Benny Åslund with the permission of Ellington. He managed to get more than two hours of music on his tapes.

There are no other recording of the dance so it must have been the source in one form or the other of the double CD album that Storyville issued in 2018.


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Concerts in Sweden 1963

Gröna Lund in June 1963

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Duke directing the band in one of the outdoors sessions

After the February visit to Sweden, Cat Anderson left the band temporarily, to turn up again with the band at Newport in July. He was replaced by Eddie Preston, another change in the trumpet section was that Rolf Ericson replaced Roy Burrowes, but the rest of the band was the same as in February. The band played concerts and provided dance music at Gröna Lund from June 4 to 9. Seven outdoor concert from the main scene (see picture above) and one indoor dance date from Dans In have survived. The outdoor concerts were more or less identical, consisting of

*Intro*Take The A Train*Afro-Bossa*Perdido*Medley*Take The A Train*

In one case it ends with the Medley (Take The A Train omitted) and in another case it ends with Satin Doll instead of Take The A Train.  An example from June 4 can be enjoyed below:

Perdido from June 4 with Rolf Ericson


Concerts in Sweden 1963

Kalmar Sporthall Feb. 9 1963


The Kalmar Castle

Duke Ellington’s Nordic tour in February 1963 ended with two concerts in Kalmar in the southeast of Sweden on February 9, The band had arrived in England on January 11 to return to USA on March 15 from Paris. During this time more than 30 concert venues had been visited and also some visits to recording studios. Kalmar was one of the lesser towns on this tour, but there was obviously great local interest in this event. Following is part of an article in the local newspaper Barometern on February 11, 1963.

Kalmar 2

There  were two concerts that evening in Kalmar, and a fair part of the the first has survived and also the opening of the second. Below you’ll find a sound example from the first concert

Jimmy Hamilton in Caliné (Silk Lace)

All the recorded material can be found in the Goodies Room.


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