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Jan Bruér – Swedish jazz critic and writer, record producer and DESS member – was one of the speakers on the last day of Ellington 2021. Back in 1960’s, he did a long interview with Harry Carney in Stockholm with a particular focus on Otto Hardwick. The interview is the basis of Jan’s presentation. In it he focus on Hardwick’s hot side rather than the sweet one and tries to identify when Carney played his first baritone solo with Duke Ellington.
The first issue of the DESS Bulletin for 2017 has just been published and is on its way to the subscribers.
The cover story of the issue is about Otto Hardwick.
In his usual detailed way Bo Haufman – the editor of the Bulletin – portraits Ellington’s C melody and alto sax player for many years and tells the story of of his sometimes turbulent times inside and outside the Ellington orchestra. Among other things, it is interesting to learn more about Hardwick’s time away from Ellington in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
The article is accompanied by a discography on Hardwick’s recordings outside the Ellington band.
In the article, Haufman mentions the 1932 Vidaphone movie “Smash Your Baggage” featuring Elmer Snowden and his Small’s Paradise Orchestra, which at the time included Hardwick. Roy Eldridge, Dicky Wells and Al Sears were other band members at the time.