Cootie plays Duke, Part II (Podcast #22-013)
Ellington Reflections
by Ellington Reflections
1M ago
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2022/12/cootie-plays-duke-part-ii.mp3 The recordings heard on this podcast episode: Concerto for Cootie (CD: Benny Goodman and Sid Catlett “Roll ’em!,” Vintage Jazz Classics VJC-1032) Recorded 1941 Cootie Williams,  Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me (CD: “The Jubilee Shows – No. 77 and No. 78,” The Jubilee Shows 501 1004) Recorded 1 May 1944, Hollywood Ella Fitzgerald – vocal; Cootie Williams, Ermit V. Perry, George Treadwell, Harold “Money” Johnson – trumpet; Ed Burke or George Stevenson, Robert Horton – trombone; Charlie Holm ..read more
Visit website
Cootie plays Duke, Part I (Podcast #22-012)
Ellington Reflections
by Ellington Reflections
2M ago
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2022/11/cootie-plays-duke-part-i.mp3   The recordings heard on this podcast episode: Coming soon! — Our closing music—- It’s Something You Ought To Know (Paul Gonsalves – “Ellingtonia Moods and Blues,” RCA Victor / RCA63562) Recorded 29 February 1960, New York City Paul Gonsalves- tenor sax; Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Ray Nance – cornet; Mitchell “Booty” Wood – trombone; Jimmy Jones – piano; Al Hall – bass; Oliver Jackson – drums ..read more
Visit website
The New York Choral Society performs Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts (Podcast #22-011)
Ellington Reflections
by Ellington Reflections
3M ago
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2022/10/sacred-concert-podcast-2022.mp3 “The concert was performed for the first time on September 16, 1965, and it was successful beyond my wildest dreams, both in San Francisco and at a subsequent performance in the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church of New York on December 26. Duke Ellington Talked to the Lord in Grace Cathedral Last Night, read headlines above a UPI report in hundreds of newpapers across the country. “These were musicians offering what they did best – better than any others in the world – to the glory of God,” said the S ..read more
Visit website
Ken Peplowski Fundraiser
Ellington Reflections
by Ellington Reflections
5M ago
Ken is a great musician and he could use your help! He’s battling cancer and can’t work. The statement below is from the organizer of the drive, Frank Vignola. Please contribute what you can at this link “When one of us is down, we are all down. Hi, my name is Frank Vignola. I am starting this campaign for our dear friend, Ken Peplowski, who has cancer and is forced to cancel most or all his upcoming work due to the effects of his treatments. We have surpassed the 70,000 goal. THANK YOU. I’m going to push it a bit and ask we continue to raise money for our friend, Ken. He needs peace of mind t ..read more
Visit website
The Perfume Suite (Podcast #22-009)
Ellington Reflections
by Ellington Reflections
5M ago
ERRATA — In the podcast, I said the later version of “The Perfume Suite” was recorded in 1961. Only “Strange Feeling” was recorded in 1961. The other three movements were recorded in 1957. https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2022/08/the-perfume-suite.mp3 “Date with the Duke” is a George Pal production from 1947. This short film featured Duke Ellington performing selections from “The Perfume Suite” with talking and dancing perfume bottles. Animation figures. 1983.0361.05A, 1983.0361.05B, 1983.0361.05C. The perfume bottles are in the Smithsonian Institution. The recordings ..read more
Visit website
The Deep South Suite (Podcast #22-008)
Ellington Reflections
by Ellington Reflections
6M ago
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2022/07/the-deep-south-suite.mp3 “In 1946, we might remind ourselves, the American South was a one-party apartheid society, the Klu Klux Klan still operated without police intervention and lynchings were still an accepted form of justice; in Congress, Southern senators and representatives prevented the passage of any civil rights legislation. The political intent of the Deep South Suite was originally recited by Leonard Feather as an introduction to the Vdisc recording.” David Schiff, Going South: Going South: Representation in The Deep S ..read more
Visit website
Portrait of Russell Procope, Part II (Podcast #22-007)
Ellington Reflections
by Ellington Reflections
7M ago
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2022/06/portrait-of-russell-procope-pt-ii.mp3 “I enjoyed every day I was a member of the Ellington band even though it was grueling trying to keep up with Duke. I knew I was a part of something that was very special, something that would never die. But the biggest joy I had, and I think the other musicians had too was the music. Duke constantly surprised me. Musically, I could never predict what was going on in Duke’s head.” Russell Procope, Swing and Beyond Russell Procope’s alto saxophone solo on “Jump for Joy.” Transcribed by Dr. To ..read more
Visit website
Portrait of Russell Procope, Part I (Podcast #22-006)
Ellington Reflections
by Ellington Reflections
8M ago
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2022/05/portrait-of-russell-procope-part-ome.mp3 “Russell Procope…. a man of dignity and gentility, of clean and gentlemanly appearance. What is more, he became a conscientious, all-around musician, one always to be depended on.” Duke Ellington, Music is my Mistress This documentary features interviews of Russell Procope and Cootie Williams For the Duke Ellington Society of Sweden’s 2021 Ellington Conference, clarinetist Samantha Wright presented an excellent lecture on Duke’s clarinet players. Find it here. Russell Procope’s World Wa ..read more
Visit website
Creole Rhapsody (Podcast #22-005)
Ellington Reflections
by Ellington Reflections
9M ago
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2022/04/creole-rhapsody_podcast-mp3.mp3 “So I went out and wrote Creole Rhapsody, and I did so much music for it that we had to cut t up and do two versions. One came out on Brunswick and the other, longer one, on Victor. Irving [Mills] almost blew his connection at both companies for recording a number that was not only more than three minutes long, but took both sides of the record. That was the seed from which all kinds of extended works and suites later grew.” Duke Ellington, Music is my Mistress The Lansing State Journal, 22 August 1 ..read more
Visit website
Duke Ellington Society of Sweden 2022 Conference
Ellington Reflections
by Ellington Reflections
10M ago
The Duke Ellington Society of Sweden’s 2022 Conference will take place on April 25, 26, 28 and 29 on Zoom. The language will be English as last year. And it is FREE. “Twelve speakers from different strata of the international Ellington community have agreed to make presentations. They will cover areas such as Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein, Ellington Medleys, Ellington’s Experimentation Techniques in New Orleans Suite, Boola, Dance to the Duke and many more.” Registration is now open. Go to https://forms.gle/3Vrh4BrpXwXnKyJh8 and fill in the short and simple form there. The de ..read more
Visit website

Follow Ellington Reflections on Feedspot

Continue with Google
OR