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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.
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!
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 (more…)
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. (more…)
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
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 Anderson – 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.
In April 1966, Duke Ellington appeared at the “1er Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres” in Dakar, Senegal.
It was a tour arranged by the U.S. State Departement. He was quite an honored guest and seems to have enjoyed the event fully.
He was also prominently featured in the film made to introduce the Festival to the world.
A couple of weeks ago, France Musique showcased Duke Ellington’s concert in Dakar on April 9, 1966 in its not to be missed “Les légends de jazz” program series. It is the full concert in excellent sound except for the short “Take The “A” Train” theme and the usual medley.
Members of DESS can also download it in the Ellington Archive.
A segment of the beginning of the medley is in this video clip.
In its last issue of 1998 (1998:4), the DESS Bulletin published a detailed discography/audiography of the three concerts (including rehearsals) by Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald in Stockholm on February 7 and February 8, 1966. It was put together by the Ellington specialists and discographers Bo Scherman and Göran Wallén and is available here stockholm-1966-discography.
The article triggered some comments of the Ellington scholar (and later editor of the DEMS Bulletin) Sjef Hoefsmit particularly regarding the rehearsals on February 8. They were published in the Bulletin 1999:1 but are included also in the document above.
An unresolved issue to this very day is is whether also the second part of the concert on February 8 was broadcasted by Swedish television at one point or the other or not. There are different views on this. Of course not a major issue but it is always nice to know the full story 🙂