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Michael Kilpatrick – baritone saxophonist and orchestra leader – was one of the speakers on the second day of Ellington 2021.
He is also a recognized transcriber of Duke Ellington’s and Billy Strayhorn’s music. For this work, he has spent long periods at the Smithsonian’s Ellington Archive, Washington D.C., to go through the boxes there with musical scores by the hands of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.
In conjunction with the cancelled Ellington 2020 Conference, Michael spent another 10 days in the Ellington Archive and returned home with more than 3000 pages of scores.
Together with his partner Sibelius – the music notation software – Michael has spent the last year to making sense of what he found in the Ellington Archive and in his presentation, Michael took the audience on a terrific exploration on how to turn fragments of Duke Ellington scores into a full musical piece.
After all the presentation on the second day when everybody was relaxing, Michael provided another “goodie” to the participants in the meeting – a short extract of Nobody’s Baby Now.
Laurent Mignard ended the third day with a sparkling multimedia presentation of his Duke Orchestra. He founded it in 2003 to bring Duke Ellington’s music to old and new audiences and he has done this in a succesful way.
Mignard’s formula for achieving this has been to bring together an extraordinary good orchestra with talented soloists of different generations, use his skill as arranger and transcriber to provide the orchestra with a solid modern Ellington repertoire and frame Ellington’s music in almost theatrical projects.
The presentation was very much about those projects and the Ellington 2021 audience could enjoy video clips from them, including one from a recording session for the upcoming Duke’s Ladies CD album.
Learn more about Laurent Mignard and Duke Orchestra at https://www.laurent-mignard.com/duke-orchestra/ and about himself at https://www.laurent-mignard.com/en/laurent-mignard-biography/.
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.