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The last 2018 issue of the DESS Bulletin should have reached the DESS members in Sweden by now but members in other countries might have to wait some more days.
Bill Berry – trumpeter and big band leader who played with Ellington from Dec. 4 1961 to mid-Sep. 1962 – is a key feature of the issue. He is covered in three articles.
The Swedish jazz critic Jan Olsson has contributed the longest one, in which he summaries Berry’s career and particulalrly his time with Ellington. It is supplemented by an interview of Berry by Steve Voce c 1979/1980 and a non-credited article about how got engaged with Ellington.
An article by Mike Zirpolo from his blog ”Swing & Beyond” about Ben Webster and Cotton Tail is another feature in the new Bulletin. It is both a short portrait of Webster before his time with Duke and a guide into of Cotton Tail.
For the rest, it is Bo Haufman’s pen, which has been working.
He contributes no less than five article. Bo gives the readers a portrait of Willie ”The Lion” Smith, presents the new DESS CD (see below), walks us through some of the Ellington memorials, look at the issue of Ellington and colours and tells us how some Ellington tunes got their names.
The Winter issue of the Bulletin comes with a new DESS CD. It is most of The Holiday Ballroon dance date from Nov. 10, 1957 and has been produced in collaboration with DESUK.
It will be presented in an article on the website in a couple of days.
The third issue of the Bulletin is now on its way to the DESS members. As usual, it is full of interesting articles within a broad range of Ellington subjects. The fact that the editor and his team manage to do this quarter after quarter is really impressive.
This time, the cover article is about Russell Procope – the clarinet and alto sax player, who was a solid part of the Ellington orchestra for more than 25 years.
In a four-page article, Bo Haufman – the Bulletin editor – let us follow the career of Procope from his early days on the New York big band scene in the 1920 and 1930s to the John Kirby Sextet and military service before focusing on his years with Ellington, whom he joined in 1946. Of course, the author goes more into detail as regards the Ellington period and separately deals with Procope – the altosaxophonist and Procope – the clarinettist.
The article lists many of the recordings in which Procope participated both with Ellington but also other bands like Clarence Williams, Fletcher Henderson and John Kirby. They can be listened to in the (right) music player of the website. Details of the songs are listed in a comment to this article.
The Swedish readers of the Bulletin can also enjoy a reprint from Orkesterjournal of a review by Bo Scherman of the concert by Cootie Williams and Russell Procope in the Stockholm jazz club Fasching on February 22, 1978. (mer…)
Issue 2015-2 of the DESS Bulletin is now available in pdf format to anyone interested in Duke Ellington and his music – DESS member or not. It can be downloaded from the Bulletin section of the website. Just follow this link.
This time, the cover story of the Bulletin is about Clark Terry, who had died on February 21, 2015.
Bo Haufman honors Terry by painting his portrait in a four-page article and Bo Scherman reports on the new (2014) Clark Terry documentary Keep On, Keepin’ On.
Other articles in the 2015-2 issue of the Bulletin is an extensive one by Erling Torkelsson on My People and one by Björn Englund on Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. Both articles are highly recommended.
This time, Claes Englund’s interesting series ”Other Duke’s Places” deals with Ellington at The Apollo.
In addition to all this, there are of course record reviews and also a short article by Bo Haufman about Ellington on stamps.
Bo Haufman fyller 80 år idag. Duke Ellington Society of Sweden (DESS) och webbplatsen ber att få gratulera den ungdomlige jubilaren.
Happy Birthday Bosse!
Foto: Sonja Svensson
Bo är en av stora beundrarna av Duke Ellington och hans musik och en hängiven samlare av hans inspelningar. Bo delar generöst med sig sin kärlek och har ägnat stor del av sin fritid sedan tidigt 80-tal att sprida kunskap om Duke Ellington.
Sedan 1985 har Bo varit medlem i Jazz Society och när Duke Ellington Society of Sweden bildades 1993-4 blev Bo den som tog den tunga bördan att som sekreterare dokumentera arbetet som ledde fram till en lyckad d konferens 1994. Därefter har han haft en ledande roll inom Duke Ellington of Society i olika positioner. Efter många år som sekreterare i styrelsen är Bo idag klubbens vice ordförande och på många sätt dess grå eminens.
Genom sitt internationella kontaktnät och hans resor sedan tidigt 90-tal till alla Ellington konferenser har han fått en unik kunskap om allt som är väsentligt och intressant när det kommer till Duke Ellington och hans musikaliska värld. Denna kunskap har han generöst delat med sig till DESS’ medlemmar och andra genom sina otaliga artiklar om Dukes musik och musiker i DESS-bulletinen. Där har han också demonstrerat sitt stora intresse för korsord och utmanat hjärnkraften hos medlemmarna.
Bo har ingått i redaktionen för Bulletinen alltsedan starten och har varit dess redaktör sedan 2008. Med sina många artiklar och sin förmåga att knyta bidragsgivare över hela världen till tidningen har Bo sett till att Bullen ett av de ledande organen i världen för Ellington och hans musik som DESS-medlemmar och andra Ellington-vänner ser fram mot varje kvartal.
Göran Wallén / Anders Asplund / Ulf W. Lundin
The first issue of the DESS Bulletin for 2017 has just been published and is on its way to the subscribers.
The cover story of the issue is about Otto Hardwick.
In his usual detailed way Bo Haufman – the editor of the Bulletin – portraits Ellington’s C melody and alto sax player for many years and tells the story of of his sometimes turbulent times inside and outside the Ellington orchestra. Among other things, it is interesting to learn more about Hardwick’s time away from Ellington in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
The article is accompanied by a discography on Hardwick’s recordings outside the Ellington band.
In the article, Haufman mentions the 1932 Vidaphone movie ”Smash Your Baggage” featuring Elmer Snowden and his Small’s Paradise Orchestra, which at the time included Hardwick. Roy Eldridge, Dicky Wells and Al Sears were other band members at the time.
The last issue of the DESS Bulletin for 2016 has just been published.
The cover story of this issue is Arthur Whetsel – Ellington’s ”sweet” trumpeter. Bo Haufman – the editor of the Bulletin – gives a very comprehensive portrait of Whetsel in a 3 and a half page article. It is supplemented by a reprint of an article about Whetsel by the late Ellington specialist Eddie Lambert published in Jazz Monthly in 1964.
Another interesting reading in the new issue is an interview of Willie Cook about his time with Earl Hines 1943-1947. It is a treasury of information about the band, its members and on working conditions. The interview was done by former DESS Chair Göran Wallén in 1997. More interviews of Cook will be published in the Bulletin next year.
A third major topic in the new Bulletin is Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. In a 4 page article, DESS member Erling Torkelsson looks at differences and similarities in the personal developments of these two musical giants.