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Ellington ’89 in Washington D.C. (4)

The second day of the conference also had a very full program.

and the President of Chapter 90 of the Ellington Society, Terrell Allen,  guided the audience through it with firm hands but also with a lot of jokes.

It started with the handing over of the Eddie Lambert gavel and some welcoming words.

Then Jerry Valburn asked Sjef Hoefsmit, Klaus Strateman, Gordon Ewing and ”the young man” Steven Lasker to join him at the podium for a discussion on ongoing research about Ellington.

 

The full video of the panel discussion is in Ellington Archive

Kurt Dietrich from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin then took the floor. He came to the conference to tell about his PhD work on Lawrence Brown and to get some feed-back from the Ellington specialists gathered at the conference.

Follwing his doctoral dissertation and a number of journal articles, he published in 1999 his book, Duke’s ’Bones: Ellington’s Great Trombonists. It was follwed 10 years later by another book on a similar topic Jazz ’Bones: The World of Jazz Trombone. Both are highly recommended!

Another speaker during the second day was Andrew Homzy from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada –  musicologist, arranger, big band leader, Duke Ellington as well as Charlie Mingus specialist and much more. He was a well-known profile at many Ellington Study Group conferences and is still an important part of the international network of Ellington aficionados and specialists.

This time he talked about Ellington’s La Plus Belle Africane.

Two other speakers during the second day were Bruce Kennan, member of the New York Chapter of the Duke Ellington Society, and Martin Williams.

The topic for Kennan’s presentation was ”Spoken Ellington” and he let the the audience listen to excerpts from a number of Ellington interviews.

Martin Williams spoke about ”Stealing from the Duke” and made his point with musical examples.

The other presentations from the second day of the Washington ’89 conference will be included in a later article together with some from the third day.

The day ended with a concert by Doug Brady’s The Great Americ Music Ensemble, which gave a panorama of Ellington’s music from the late 20’s to the late 50’s. Here is a tidbit from the concert. The full one will be included in the next article.

 

 

 

 

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