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Fler bilder från Cirkus 1966

Också DESS-medlemmen m.m Boris Enquist var på Cirkus 1966 med sin kamera. Han har försett webbplatsen med några av de bilder han tog och själv framkallade.

 

Jimmy Jones listens. Cirkus 1966

 

Nästa medlemsmöte

Nu är det bara fyra dagar tills nästa medlemsmöte. Det äger rum nästa torsdag den 27 april kl. 17:00-20:30 och på det välkomponerade programmet står kåseri av Gert Palmcrantz och live musik med Ulf Johansson-Werre. Lokal är som vanligt Franska Skolans aula, Döbelsgatan 3, Stockholm.

Gert Palmstierna kommer att berätta om Ellington och spela upp sällan hört eller outgivet material.

Ulf Johansson-Werre har lovat att demonstrera olika stilarter inom jazzen både på piano och på trombon.

Slut upp mangrant!

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…)

Ellington at Cirkus in 1966 – TV Concert set 1

Imagine My Frustration

The performance at Cirkus in Stockholm on February 8, 1966 was carried out as one concert with an intermission. Both sets are believed to have been broadcasted by Swedish Television, but video copies of the second part still remain missing – or was it ever broadcast? We however have audio copies and DESS members can now find a copy of the first part in the ”Goodies Room”. As mentioned earlier, the format of the concerts during Ellington’s 1966 tour to Europe was that Duke and the orchestra played the first part of the program with Ella Fitzgerald and her trio playing the second. This routine was repeated after the intermission.

The concert starts with Take The A Train after which Ellington announces West Indian Pancake which is a new number where Paul Gonsalves shows what he is able to do . Neaxt the ”Piano player” sits down at the piano to tinkle at tune known to everybody as Kinda Dukish which continues into one of the Ellington oldies, Rockin’ In Rhythm. La Plus Belle Africaine, one of Ellington’s more ambitious works, is also new for this season, and is often played in the years to come. To conclude the first part of the concert, Ellington announces The Opener  as the closing number. (mer…)

Ellington at Cirkus in 1966 – rehearsal

On September 15, 2016, we published an article by Jan Bruér with his recollections of the rehearsal for Ellington’s telecast from Cirkus in Stockholm on February 8, 1966. In his article, Jan says that during the rehearsal, the director of the telecast, Lars Egler, announced that Ellington was going to record a piano solo and asked for silence. He remembers that Duke played ”a wonderful solo version of Serenade To Sweden and also did a retake of it.”

Actually, Ellington recorded three songs in front of the TV cameras – in addition to Serenade To Sweden also Looking Glass and The Queen’s Gard. Together with footage from the beginning of the rehearsal, they were included in a 23 minutes telecast that was aired on Swedish Television on March 19, 1966 – the day before the broadcast of the concert itself. The TV-program is not availabe to DESS but it is archived at the Swedish National Library in Stockholm.

However, DESS members can listen to and download the full soundtrack in the ”Goodies of the Month” section of the website. Here is a sample:

Serenade to Sweden

https://ellingtonblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/serenade-to-sweden.mp3

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Ännu mer från Cirkus 1966

Leif Jönsson var flitig med kameran inte bara i rummet bakom scenen utan också framför scenen under inspelningen av konserten. De senare fotona kompletterar väl de som Jan Bruér tog under repetitionen och som presenterades på webbplatsen den 15 september och 8 november förra året.

Vis av erfarenheten från kvällen före på Konserthuset använde Leif inte blixt när han tog bilderna. Det hade han gjort på Konserthuset och det ledde till att Sam Woodyard fick ett raseriutbrott.

Många Ellington- och jazzvänner var på plats på Cirkus. Olle Helander och Benny Åslund var naturligtvis där liksom senare DESS-medlemmar som Jan Bruér, Lennart Landström, Boris Enquist och Leif Andersson – den senare tillsammans med Björn Fremer. Tyvärr finns det inga bilder på dem Men tack och lov några på orkestern.

Konserten började naturligtvis med ”Take The ”A” Train och sedan talade Duke om för publiken ”We Love You Madly.

Rockin’ In Rhythm var också ett av de första numren och Leif passade på att ta fler bilder av dem han plåtat i omklädningsrummet. Och nu kunde han också få sin efterlängtade bild på Ella.

Fler foton från Cirkus 1966

Den här gången är det DESS’ ordförande Leif Jönsson som står för dem.

”Det var den 8 februari 1966. Jag kom till Cirkus vid lunchtid och hittade en liten sidodörr genom vilken jag kom in i byggnaden. I en axelväska hade jag med mig kamerautrustning, framför all min Minolta SR-7 med blixtaggregat.

I ett omklädningsrum bakom scenen uppehöll sig alla musikerna samt några utomstående. Duke syntes dock inte till där och inte heller Ella. Jag förenade mig med dem och packade upp mina kameragrejor.

Stämningen var tidvis uppsluppen och det var lätt att få kontakt.”

Så Leif började klicka på sin kamera och ingen protesterade, säger han.

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More photos from Cirkus 1966

In September the website published an article by Jan Bruér on the rehearsal of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald at Cirkus in Stockholm in February 8, 1966 for a telecast by Swedish Television. It was illustrated with some of the photos Jan took on this occasion.

He has now provided us with some more photos from the rehearsal.

He got a good shot of Ellington in the foreground and the sax section in the background in full swing. And the cameras seems to be running.

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Jan also managed to catch of Ellington in his conducting style. The orchestra has been moved compared to the previous photo and possibly the photo is from the part of rehearsal with Ella.

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At one point Jan saw two versions of Ella in front of him and clicked his camera to get them

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More photos of Ella can be seen in a panorama in the Ellington Archive of the website and there is also a panorama of all the photos with Ellington from the Circus published on the website.

 

 

 

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