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Trianon Ballroom, Seattle, May 1, 1954

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Are Ellington and Strayhorn studying the UMMG Score?

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In April and May 1954 Ellington and his orchestra were touring in western USA. This has been documented in a concert from Embassy Auditorium in Los Angeles on April 13, and from a dance date at McElroy’s Ballroom in Portland on April 29. In addition, songs from a Capitol Recording session on April 26 have been issued on the Capitol label.

On May 1, Duke and the orchestra were performing at a dance date at Trianon Ballroom in Seattle and the first part of this is rather interesting due to the the fact that the tunes played are not so common in the band’s repertoire. DESS members can enjoy this by logging into the Goodies Room.
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Concert In Bergen, Norway, Nov. 3 1969

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Duke in front of the band in Bergen

Early this summer, NRK – Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation – published a video file with an Ellington concert from Bergen on November 3, 1969 on its web site. This concert was said to have been telecast only once (June 1970), which is a long time ago. Probably only a few people outside Norway had the opportunity to watch it. Because of this and the good quality of the video, we decided to make this available to the DESS-members in the Goodies Room. The contents of the programme is what can be expected from this tour, with the exception of the the closing number Acht O’Clock Rock with Tony Watkins performing a strange show as a dancer. In this number, Cat Anderson plays a very nice solo trumpet, mainly in the lower and medium registers. Otherwise, Cootie is the soloist in Take The A Train and Paul Gonsalves in Cottontail. What we see here is obviously the second part of the concert, the first part was pobably not recorded, judging from its absence in discographies and Duke’s introductory remark about Cootie returning to the solo microphone.. The full programme is as follows:

*Take The A Train*Cottontail*Up Jump*La Plus Belle Africaine*Come Off The Veldt*El Gato*Medley*Acht O’Clock Rock*

Below is a sound recording of Up Jump from the concert:

We hope you will enjoy the show!

Göteborg 6 november 1958

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När Duke Ellington och hans orkester reste på Europa-turné i oktober 1958, så var det 8 år sedan den förra turnén och av manskapet som deltog 1950 återstod nu bara c:a hälften. I stället hade nya musiker etablerat sig i orkestern.

Publiken i Europa fick nu för första gången höra och se ett antal nya intressanta solister som Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Britt Woodman, John Sanders, Paul Gonsalves, Sam Woodyard m. fl., som visserligen inte var okända, men som var nya för den europeiska publiken.

Turnén började i London den 5 oktober och avslutades i Paris den 20 november och då hade orkestern haft konserter nästa varje dag däremellan.

Den 4 november hade turen kommits till Sverige och Stockholm, där orkestern konserterade i Kungl. Tennishallen. Från denna konsert finns tyvärr inget bevarat, men däremot besökte orkestern Göteborg två dagar senare och därifrån finns två hela konserter bevarade.

1958 års upplaga av Duke Ellington och hans orkester var tveklöst en av de av de bästa som besökte  Europa under alla år. Musik från den andra föreställningen i Göteborgs konserthus har tidigare utgivits i urval på olika skivmärken, men inte i sin helhet, samt sänts i radio (i utdrag) både 1958 och senare.

DESS’ medlemmar får den här gången ta del av den första konserten från Göteborg, vilken aldrig utgivits på skiva (undantag: Diminuendo and Crescendo In Blue & Wailing Interval). Nedan  hör vi ett exempel från konserten, medan resten av konserten finns i Godisrummet.

El Gato

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Birdland, May 3, 1951

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Thelma Carpenter sings

Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me

We have one last recording from Birdland in May 1951 to offer our members in The Goodies Room, namely music from an ABC telecast titled ”The Kreisler Bandstand”, sponsored by a watchband manufacturer, named Jacques Kreisler and supposed to have taken place on May 3, 1951. (some sources say May 2). We here the same band as in all previous broadcasts in May and June 1951, but with two new singers, Thelma Carpenter and Avon Long, who were only to appear with Duke Ellington and his orchestra on this specific occasion. Both singers were well-known personalities in the entertainment world, Thelma Carpenter had replaced Helen Humes in the Basie orchestra, and Avon Long had been performing in the role of Sportin’ Life in Gershwin’s Porgy And Bess on Broadway. (mer…)

Happy Birthday – Ellington At The White House 1969

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Den 29 april 1899 föddes Edward Kennedy Ellington i Washington DC. Föräldrarna tillhörde stadens svarta medelklass och Duke, som han tidigt kom att kallas, fick en solitt borgerlig uppfostran. Duke brukade inte fira sina födelsedagar med något överdåd, men då han skulle fylla 70 år, hade han uppnått en sådan status i sitt hemland och världen i övrigt att inte ens USAs president kunde blunda för faktum.

President Nixon bjöd därför in till en hejdundrande fest i Vita Huset, med deltagande av många kända jazzprofiler. Denna fest finns bl. a. dokumenterad dels i form av en film, med kommentarer av Willis Conover och en bok betitlad ”Ellington At The White House 1969” författad av Edward Allan Faine. Filmen, som nu görs tillgänglig för DESS-medlemmarna i Godisrummet, skickades ursprungligen ut till ett antal olika USA-ambassader i världen i avsikt att användas i kulturellt propagandasyfte.

Den lades senare upp på YouTube av USAs kulturdepartement.

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Duke Ellington at Birdland, May-June 1951

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Sultry Serenade

In May-June 1951, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra could be heard at Birdland during two periods: May 3 to May 9 and June 21 to June 30. We have earlier presented music from two broadcasts, those of June 23 and June 30, but two more remain in existance, namely one originally thought to be from late June and one from early May. DESS members will now have the opportunity to listen to music from the undated June broadcast (NDESOR 5121) which has now been established to have taken place at Birdland on May 5. Just go to the Goodies Room and listen/download. The following tunes are played (mixed origin): (mer…)

Ellington at Cirkus in 1966 – TV Concert set 2

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Something To Live For

The first set of Cirkus concert was undoubtedly telecasted by Swedish Television (and was also rebroadcasted by the French TV-station M6 around 1990). However, it is more doubtful if the second set was ever broadcasted. The new DESOR lists it as ”Pre-rec for SR telecast” and so far a video copy of a telecast of the second set has not surfaced.  Fortunately, copies of the soundtrack of the second set exist and we are happy to give DESS’ members the opportunity to listen to  this. The origin is unknown and the audio material seems to come from two different sources, judging from the sound quality, which is somewhat different for the Ellington and Fitzgerald parts. Any additional information from the members about this would be appreciated.

The following  songs are played:

Take The A Train & intro*Black And Tan Fantasy#* Soul Call* Wings And Things* Jam With Sam are all played by Ellington and the orchestra (mer…)

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