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Last Monday afternoon, DESScafé was launched.
The opening song was quite naturally Duke’s Place.
DESScafé is meant to be a meeting place for DESS members to enjoy and discuss music related to Ellington. Before the end of the afternoon, 16 members had shared some coffee in the café on its first opening day.
The theme for the afternoon was Ellington Played By Others.
Six members had selected the music and did the introductions. It ranged from Black And Tan Fantasy played by Mills Blue Rhythm Band (recorded May 1, 1931 and first issued on Banner 32199) to Bill Evans’ version of Reflections in D recorded in January or February 1978 and originally issued on Warner Bros. BSK 3177.
In between these two Ellington compositions, the visitors to the afternoon in the cafe listened to:
Black And Tan Fantasy – Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra, Sep. 5, 1934 (Decca 453)
Bird of Paradise – Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra, May 29, 1935 (Decca 639)
Bird of Paradise – Duke Ellington Trio, May 20,1964 (Music Masters)
Caravan – Bunny Berigan and His Orchestra, Aug. 18, 1937 (Victor 25653)
Take The “A” Train – Glenn Miller and His Orchesta, May 28, 1941 (Bluebird 11187)
Just A-Sittin’ and A-Rockin’ – Stan Kentor, Oct. 30, 1945 (Capitol 229)
Prelude To A Kiss – Woody Herman and His Orchestra, June 18, 1951 (MGM 11611)
Jazzbiten – Simon Brehms orkester,Sep 9, 1954 (Musica A9217)
Things Ain’t What They Used To Be – Charles Mingus and His Jazz Group, Nov. 13, 1959 (Columbia CL 1440)
I’m Gonna Go Fishin’ – Gerry Mulligan and The Concert Jazz Band, May 21, 1960 (Verve 10216)
A playlist is available in the DESScafé area of the website.