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Alexandre Rado was a key component of the international community of Ellington experts until his too early death in 1997. He was a friend of many members of the Ellington band, a frequent presenter at Ellington conferences and a record producer of immense importance.
His first appearance at an Ellington conference was the Copenhagen ’92 one. The topic for his presentation was Ellingtonians in Paris.
Under this heading Rado gave the conference participants examples of records made by Ellingtonians when the Ellington orchestra visited Paris or during stays of their own in the city after 1974.
Particularly featured in the presentation are – as can be heard below – excerpts from recordings by Cat Anderson, Alice Babs, Buster Cooper, Paul Gonsalves and Sam Woodyard.
Cat Anderson was a special friend of Rado’s and his presentation at the Ellington ’94 conference was focussed on “The Cat”. It can be heard and seen here.
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.
Trombonisten George ”Buster” Cooper har avlidit. Han var född St Petersburg, Florida, April 4, 1929. Han avled i Florida den 12 maj, 87 år.
Han var en nyckelperson i Duke Ellingtons trombonesektion, som han tillhörde i 7 år – från juni 1962 till juni 1969.
Innan han förenade sig med Ellingtons orkester spelade han med Lionel Hampton i tre år och besökte då Stockholm 1954 tillsammans med bl.a. Clifford Brown, Quincy Jones, Benny Golson.
Därefter spelade han R&B-band som Chris Powell and the Blue Flames och var också med Benny Goodman i slutet av 50-talet.
Utöver alla inspelningar med Ellington under sin tid med orkestern kan Buster höras bl.a. som solist på Cat Anderson inspelningar från Paris 1964 och ”Triple Play” med Johnny Hodges från 1967.(more…)