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Smått och gott i september / Bits and pieces in September

New issue of Blue Light

With the 2019 Summer of Blue Light, the magazine enters into a new era. Dr. Patrick Olsen has taken over as editor and change  seems to be his key word. ”Future issues of Blue Light will be full of new voices and contribute more to mapping Ellington across Britain in our current time” he says in his editorial column. Change is also marked by a new layout, which makes it easier for old eyes to read the magazine.

Change is also the theme of the major article of the new issue. It is written by Roger Boyes and over more than 13 pages he traces the changes in  the Ellington Orchestra during the Petrillo recording ban period in 1942. A must read for all of us interested in Ellington!

New Ellington CD from Maison du Duke

According to the latest newsletter of Maison du Duke, in November it will issue a new CD in its Ellington series. It will be the 12th one and it is a Jimmie Blanton Special made up of ”live” recordings, and often rare from Duke Ellington’s orchestra in 1940 and 1941.

Claude Carrière will talk about the new CD on Sunday 17 November at Reid Hall, 4 rue de Chevreuse, Paris (6th) at 4.30 pm.

Like the previous ones, the new CD will be available only to members of Maison du Duke, which also have to pay 5 euros for the postage.

Playboy Jazz Festival 1959

Brian Koller, the relentless Ellington on YouTube ‘watchman’ has recently drawn the attention of Ellington aficionados and fans – thank you Brian – to two Playbox Jazz Festival 1959 videos featuring Duke Ellington and his orchestra. The first one is a 7 minutes video titled The Greatest Three Days in Jazz, which features Ellington opening the festival and gives some facts about it. In the video one hears Ellington playing V.I.P Boogie on the first night of the festival – August 7, 1959 – and Satin Doll on the afternoon of August 8.

The second video is one called This Is Jazz and put on YouTube by Old Time Radio. It is one of 26 half-hour segments that AFRS recorded from the festival and features Ellington’s performance on the night of August 8.. Jimmy Rushing is key part of it He sings Goin’ To Chicago, Hello Little Boy and Sent For You Yesterday and Paul Gonsalves contributes and a very R&B mood. However, the segment ends with pure Ellington – Things Ain’t What They Used To Be, El Gato and Hand Me Down Love.

 

DESS-mötet 16 sep 2019

Ännu en gång bjöds DESS’ medlemmar på ett välkomponerat program av utomordentligt hög kvalitet. Ett mycket intressant föredrag om en negligerad period i Ellingtons liv och en kavalkad av Ellingtonmusik av en av Sveriges främsta trumpetare och hans grupp. Vad mer begär DESS’ medlemmar för att komma till DESS-mötena?

Anders Lindgren, kapellmästare för JazzMaTazz och stor Ellingtonkännare,  stod för föredraget som handlade om Ellingtons 1930-tal.

Photo Bo Haufman

Foton Sonja Svensson

”Det var en uppskattad presentation med en del sällan hörda melodier, rapporterar Thomas Harne.  ”Att just detta Ellingtonårtionde ligger Anders varmt om hjärtat var inte att ta miste på och de mycket uppskattande applåderna efter föredraget var välförtjänta.”

Göran Axelsson och hans inspelningsteam var naturligtvis på plats och det gör att det än en gång möjligt för frånvarande DESS-medlemmar att ta del av kvällens föredraget i efterhand. Det finns i avdelningen DESS-möten på webbplatsen. De som bara vill lyssna till musiken som Anders valt ut för sitt föredrag kan också göra det där.

Efter pausen var det så dags för Peter Asplund (trumpet och sång) och hans grupp med Claes Crona piano, Hans Backenroth bas och Johan Löfcrantz Ramsay trummor.

Foton Bo Haufman

Foto Sonja Svensson

”Att grabbarna känner varandra var inte att ta miste på” säger Thomas Harne. ”Det var en verklig svängmaskin vi fick lyssna till med en lysande frontfigur i Peter Asplund, både som speleman och som musikberättande presentatör.”

Publiken fick bl.a. höra I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart, Do  Nothing Till You Hear From Me med Peter Asplund och Claes Crona på topp, Satin Doll i en förnämlig sångtolkning av Peter Asplund och In A Sentimental Mood – ”en av de låtar som är det finaste som har skrivits”, sa Peter Asplund när han introducerade låten.

En ”lysande” Claes Crona gav också publiken en Medley på Ellingtonstandards i en välmatad och personlig ´stridetolkning.

Som avslutning fick publiken höra It Don´t Mean A Thing  med en fenomenal Backenroth på stråkbas. ”Här var det verkligen drag i stråken, säger Thomas.

Foto Bo Haufman

Sammanfattningsvis – en konsert av högsta kvalitet med personliga tolkningar av en rad välkända Ellingtonnummer avlyssnad med stor koncentration av närvarande DESS-medlemmar.

Foto Bo Haufman

Sonja Svensson använde flitigt sin kamera inte bara för foton utan också för ett par video från konserten. Bl.a. spelade hon in framförandena av Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me och It Don’ Mean A Thing. Med benäget tillstånd kan DESS’ medlemmar se och höra dessa i avdelningen DESS-möten. Tack Sonja!

 

Hertigens spelmän – program 3

Det tredje programmet i Jan Bruérs radioserie Hertigens spelmän sändes den 10 aug. 1981.

Det handlar om trombonisterna i Ellingtons orkester. Fokus är på trombontrion Tricky-Sam Nanton, Lawrence Brown och Juan Tizol. Men programmet bjuder också på Tyree Glenn och Booty Wood.

DESS’ medlemmar kan lyssna till det här.

Hoppas att programmet smakar!

Hertigens spelmän – program 2

Det andra programmet i Jan Bruérs radioserie Hertigens spelmän sändes den 3 aug. 1981.

Det handlar om trumpetarna i Ellingtons orkester.

DESS’ medlemmar kan lyssna till det här.

Bubber Miley, Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart, Ray Nance och Clark Terry hörs i programmet.

God lyssning!

Hertigens spelmän – program 1

Sensommaren 1981 sände P2 en programserie av Jan Bruér om några av de viktigaste medlemmarna i Duke Ellingtons orkester.

Serien hette Hertigens spelmän och varje program handlade om en viss grupp av blåsare.

Det första programmet, som sändes den 27 juli 1981, handlade om rörblåsarna i Ellingtons orkester.

DESS’ medlemmar kan lyssna till det här.

Jan hade valt Russell Procope, Jimmy Hamilton, Barney Bigard, Harry Carney och Johnny Hodges som exempel.

Mycket nöje!

 

Autumn 2019 Issue of DESS Bulletin

The new Bulletin with a lot of good reading was sent out to DESS members a couple of days ago.

Betty Roché is the featured artist this time.

Bo Haufman has written the main article about her. For him she is Duke’s ”unforgettable vocalist”. The article is supplemented by a discography of Betty Roché outside the Ellington organization.

The second installment of Nigel Haslewood’s article about Al Sears is also another major read in the new Bulletin.

Two well-known Ellington compositions – Rocks In My Bed and Mood Indigo – are presented in separate articles. From his website ”Swing and Beyond” Mike Zirpolo has contributed the article on Rocks In My Bed while the one about Mood Indigo is written by Bo Haufman.

He has also contributed an article about Frank Sebastian’s Cotton Club in Culver City in Los Angeles. In later incarnations it is also known as Casa Mañana and Meadowbrook Gardens Café.

The new Bulletin also reprints (with some changes) Anders Asplund’s article about Duke Ellington’s concert in Storvik on April 23, 1939, which  was published on the DESS website last year.

In addition to all this, readers can find in information about the 2020 Duke Ellington Conference in Washington D.C. and a review of a DVD with one of Ellington’s last concerts in the next to last issue of  DESS Bulletin for 2019.

 

Smått och gott i augusti / Bits and Pieces in August

New Ellington Books (2)

The American writer and jazz columist Con Chapman has written a biography about Johnny Hodges. The title is Rabbit’s Blues – The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges.

It is not entirely clear if it has been published yet. According to the website of the publisher – Oxford University Press – the book will be published Nov. 1 but both new and used copies of it are available at amazon.com. The price for a hardcopy is 27,95 USD. It is also available as an e-book (Kindle) for 14 USD less. However, the book is currently not available on the European Amazon websites.

The web editor has taken advantage of the e-book offer and has read it this week.

It gives a very complete story of the life and career of Johnny Hodges. The book  takes the reader the from Hodges’ birth to his death with almost overwhelming details. His references and footnotes indicates that he has read everything that has already been written about Hodges and used it to a very comprehensive book.

The website will not review the book in detail but recommend its vistors to read the excellent review, which former Blue Light editor Ian Bradly published on his website a couple of days ago. The url is http://villesville.blogspot.com/.

Ellingtonkonferensen 2020

The 26th Duke Ellington Study Group Conference will take place in Washington D.C. at Georgetown University on March 11-15 next year. The organiser of the conference is Professor Anna Celenza, who holds the Thomas E. Caestecker Chair in Music at Georgetown University and had written extensively about Duke Ellington.

With this it is obvious that academic musicologists have taken over the relay as regards Ellington conferences. Out of the last three only one – New York 2016 – has been organised by a Duke Ellington Society or equivalent.

The web editor spoke to Dr. Matthias Heyman about this at the 2018 Ellington Conference in Birmingham. He had just before the conference obtained a PhD of Arts at the University of Antwerp in 2018 with his doctorial thesis on Jimmy Blanton.

 

The theme for the 2020 conference is Mapping Duke Ellington’s World.

This theme is broadly conceived by the organizers and can include presentations and performances on a range of topics including Ellington’s travels/tours, Ellington’s collaborators, Ellington collections/archives around the world, transcription as a form of musical mapping, musical landscapes in Ellington’s works, mapping the Ellington imagination, Ellington and film, Ellington iconography, and the reception history of Ellington’s works/performances”.

The deadline for proposing papers was August 15 but possibly proposals can still be submitted.

In addition to presentations of academic papers, panels and roundtables there will be cultural walks and visits in Washington D.C. as well as a program of performances by local Washington DC performers.

Keynote speakers will be

Professor Thomas Brothers, Duke University who has published books on Louis Armstrong as well as Duke Ellington

Dr. John E. Hasse, Curator Emeritus at Smithsonian and author of Beyond Categories: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington and many other books.

Professor Tammy Kernodle, Society of American Music

The conference will open with a concert at the classical jazz club Blues Alley in Georgetown.

A website – http://www.ellington2020.org – is already in place. There one can find more information about the conference and buy conference tickets, book hotel and more.

A ticket to the five-day conference is 75 USD for those retired and 100 USD for younger participants. The prices are valid until Dec. 15

Ellington’s Sacred Concerts

The Jazz History Online blog (https://jazzhistoryonline.com), with Thomas Cunniffe as editor, published a very extensive article on Ellington’s Sacred Concerts before the summer. It is highly recommended for everyone interested in the concerts.

Cunniff writes about how each concert developed and about the main songs in each of them. It is richly illustrated by photos and video clips (including some provided by DESS from the Second Sacred Consert in the Gustaf Vasa Cathedral

The article can be read at https://jazzhistoryonline.com/duke-ellingtons-sacred-concerts.

New pods at Ellington Reflections

The website Ellington Reflections  (https://ellingtonreflections.com/) continues tirelessly to produce podcasts on  different topics related to Ellington. During the summer it has published five new ones.

Portrait of Lawrence Brown 1 and 2 (July 21 and August 4 2019)

The Treasury Shows 4 (July 7 2019)

Old Wine and New Bottles (June 16 2019)

Portrait of Otto Hardwicke (June 2 2019

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