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Tribute to Buster Cooper

For 18 years, Bill Saxonis – a long-term member of The Duke Ellington Society, New York, an eminent Ellington scholar and a frequent presenter at the Ellington Study Group conferences  – has celebrated Duke Ellington’s birthday with an  annual four-hour  program on radio station WCDB (90.9-FM) in Albany, New York.

In his program last year, Saxonis included a nice tribute to Buster Cooper, who passed away in 2017.

He met Cooper at the Ellington ’08 conference  in London and got the opportunity make a long interview with him.

This is included in the program together with musical examples from Cooper’s time with Ellington. There is also a duet beetween Cooper and John Lamb from the  Ellington ’08 conference.


Radio program on Duke Ellington

On 23 April, 2016, Bill Saxonis – the long-term member of The Duke Ellington Society, New York and an eminent Ellington scholar – gave us his annual four hour radio program on Ellington on station WCDB (90.9-FM), Albany, New York.

For his 16th program Bill Saxonis had chosen the legacy of Duke Ellington as his theme and he and the program host Bill McCann approach it with bold brush strokes and numerous illustrative examples. It was program both newcomers to Ellington and veteran fans should enjoy and learn from.

Bill Saxonis will present the theme also to the 24th Duke Ellington Study Group Conference under the title “Duke’s Legacy – The Ellington Continium”. (more…)

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