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Malmö, Nov 10, 1971
Malmö Stadsteater, where the concert took place in the evening of Nov 10, 1971
At this point in time, we are close to the end of our stock of Duke Ellington concerts in Sweden.The day before Duke and the band had played two concerts in Uppsala, and the 2nd of these had only ended in the small hours of the 10th of November, which was the date set for the Malmö concert. These two cities are not exactly neighbors. The night-morning trip to Malmö must have covered some 600 km or so.
The exciting thing about this concert is that we get a glimpse of a Swedish female singer, Lena Junoff, in a rare rendition of I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart in which also Ben Webster plays a short solo.
Lena sings the text in both English and Swedish
The only issued recording of Lena Junoff singing with Duke Ellington is from the Conny Plank session in 1970, where she performs wordless singing in Afrique.
As can be heard from music example above, the sound quality is not the best, since it obviously comes from a private recording. The performance in Malmö is partly similar to that of the Uppsala concert, mixed with a few additions. The complete program is as follows: (more…)
The Uppsala Concerts, Nov. 9, 1971
The concert venue: Uppsala University
During Duke Ellington’s 1971 concert tour in Europe, there were only two concert dates in Sweden, Uppsala on Nov. 9 and Malmö on Nov. 10. We have presented the first concert in Uppsala on these pages before and we can now present the 2nd concert together with some rare extra material.
The changes in band personell from the 1970 tour mainly concerned the trumpet section with Money Johnson, Eddie Preston and John Coles replacing Cat Anderson, Fred Stone and Nelson Williams, while Harold Minerve had been added to the sax section. Due to a long Medley and a performance of HARLEM, this, second concert that night, went well into the small hours of January 10. (more…)
Liseberg, Gothenburg, July 8, 1970
Konserthallen, Liseberg where the concerts took place
Cat Anderson plays The Birth Of The Blues
A couple of weeks ago, the website published Ellington’s first concert at the Liseberg amusement park in Goethburg on July 7, 1970. Today, we also make available the second concert. DESS members can download and listen to it in the Goodies Room.”. NDESOR shows only the first part of this concert but after we had been able to locate the rest of the concert, a correction sheet was posted by DEMS. We enclose the comments from the 2nd last DEMS Bulletin, published in 2012 by Sjef Hoefsmit. (more…)
Liseberg, Gothenburg, July 8, 1970
Duke at Lisebergshallen
In 1970 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra undertook three major tours: Japan, Australia & New Zealand and Europe. The European tour lasted more than a months, but there was only one concert date in Sweden. Two concerts were peformed at Konserthallen 8 July in Liseberg, Gothenburg’s famous amusement park.Since the previous vist to Sweden, Lawrence Brown had left while Booty Wood and Malcolm Taylor were now part of the trombone section and also Joe Benjamin had joined on bass.
As was hinted about before, these concerts were recorded on a portable recorder, and therefore the sound quality is not very good. But we assume that this is the only source to this performance, and that it therefore could be of interest to the DESS-members.
Cootie Williams plays Portrait of Louis Armstromg
Since it is difficult to hear Duke presenting the different numbers, we list them below:
*C-Jam Blues*Summer Samba*Kinda Dukish & Rockin’ In Rhythm*Second Line*Bourbon Street Jingling Jollies*Aristocracy A La Jean Lafitte*Thanks For The Beautiful Land*Portrait Of Louis Armstrong*Take The A Train*In A Sentimental Mood*Wailing Interval*Medley*Birth Of The Blues*St. Louis Blues*April In Paris *Come Off The Veldt*Solitude*It Don’t Mean A Thing*Be Cool And Groovy For Me*Satin Doll*Things Ain’t What They Used To Be*Black Swan*
Apart from some traditional numbers in Duke’s repertoire, there are a number of new tunes from the recently recorded New Orleans Suite and some others like Birth Of The Blues and Black Swan.
You will find the complete concert – with more than 100 minutes of the Ellington sound – in the Goodies Room!
Malmö, 25 October 1973
2nd Concert, part 2
Nils Lindberg and Rolf Ericson accompany Alice Babs in There’s Something About Me
We can now present the concluding part of the 2nd concert in Malmö.
The program continues as follows: *In Duplicate*Satin Doll*Serenade To Sweden*Checkered Hat*Spacemen*Jeep’s Blues*There’s Something About Me*Somebody Cares into I’m Beginning To See The Light*Take The A Train*One More Time*St Louis Blues*Mack The Knife*Hello Dolly*Tiger Rag*. Titles in bold have not been commercially issued. (more…)
Paris 28 februari 1963. En av två minnesvärda inspelningsdagar. Men varför hade sångerskan problem med den sista sången för dagen?
Malmö, 25 October 1973
……and a Happy New Year!
Ellington & Babs (this picture is from an earlier occasion)
Welcome to the second concert at Malmö Stadsteater on October 25, 1973. Due to the length of this concert we will publish the music played in two parts. this being the first 45 minutes. There was obviously no hurry to finish the late performance. You will find this in the Goodies Room!
The program for the first part is as follows: *C-Jam Blues*Take The A Train & intro*Kinda Dukish & Rockin’ In Rhythm*Creole Love Call*Caravan*In Duplicate*New York, New York*I Got It Bad*Blem*Take The A Train*Chinoiserie*Basin Street Blues*Hello Dolly*Medley*. Titles in bold have not been issued commercially. The opening of the concert is similar to that of the 1st concert, with Take The A Train and Hello Dolly added.
Rolf Ericson is featured guest soloist in Take The A Train
Any comments would be similar to the opening of the 1st concert, except that Money Johnson is heard in Hello Dolly an that Harold Ashby is featured in Chinoiserie
The Ellington band in 1973 had lost some of its attraction due to the loss of many familiar faces and voices after the 1960ies, but it was still a fornidable force on the jazz scene.
The closing part of this concert will be published in the Goodies Room in approx. one week’s time.
The second part of the Jack Cullen interview is now available for DESS members in the Goodies section.
As in the first part, Cullen asks Ellington questions about songs he has written, artists he has worked with and episodes in his life.
Among the songs, they talk about Solitude – “I wrote it in 20 minutes standing up”, In A Sentimental Mood – “it was written very spontaneously in Durham, South Carolina”, I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart – “It was the only song thrown out of the show I wrote for the new Cotton Club” and I Got It Bad – “I wrote it in Salt Lake City”.
As regards artists, Cullen asks only about singers – Ivie Anderson and Al Hibbler – and Ellington talks quite extensively about Anderson and the date when she joined the band – Feb. 13 1931.
Ellington talks also warmly about his short period with Musicraft Records – “wonderful people …. world’s greatest contract” and his recordings for Standard Transcriptions.
As Ellington aficionados and aficionadas know, Music Is My Mistress has a section on Ellington songs. Either Ellington had a very good memory when he talked to Stanley Dance about them because his words in the book about some of the songs are the same as in the Cullen interview or Dance used the interview as an additional source for his writing.
Malmö, 25 October 1973
Merry Christmas to all DESS members!
What we are about to present to you, is a Christmas Gift consisting of mainly unissued and partly undocumented music by Duke Ellington and his orchestra
We are temporarily leaving the chronology for the concerts in Sweden and jumping forward to October 25th in Malmö. The reason for this is that this miserable year will soon come to an end and that we feel should at least bring something good, in the end. This is why we would like to share with our members two concerts from Malmö from the above date. These concerts have never been issued in their entirety before. The only existing commercial issue, Caprice CAP 21599 consists of a mixture of numbers from the first and second concerts.
This week we start with the 1st concert from Malmö. (more…)
Duke Ellington and his orchestra spent October 1962 in the American West, particularily in California.
At the end of the month, he and the band crossed the border into Canada and started a two-week engagement at Isy’s Supper Club in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In Vancouver, Jack Cullen was a well-known radio host and disc jockey since the late 1940’s with his “Owl Prowl” program. He also had as a speciality to interview visiting music celebrities and make unauthorised recordings of their concerts. This made him considered as “the irreverent rebel in radio”.
On October 30 after the last show at Isy’s, Cullen and his friend Bobby Hughes went back stage and asked Ellington if he would come over to the radio station and do an interview.
“Ellington was in a good mood”, remembers Cullen, “so we walked back the three blocks to my studio ….. and on the way we got him some good Canadian rye to sip during the interview”.
Cullen claims that the group did not break up until 5 in the morning – “it was one of the longest ones I ever done”. Towards the end of the second part of the interview, Cullen notes that the time is 20 to 4 but it seems that the interview continued after that.
The interview we publish today and next week is spoken 35 minutes long and spoken words only. However, when one examines the recording, it is obvious that it has been edited in many places and most likely it is the music played during the interview, which has been cut out.
This month, the website publish the interview in two installments in its Goodies section – the first one today and the second one next week.
Cullen and Hughes quickly get Ellington in a relaxed mood and the interview is a walk with him through quite a number of compositions he had recorded.