Sunday, 12 May 2019
Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington 2019 top-placing bands this year are...
1. Roosevelt High School
2. Center for the Arts
3. Foxboro High School
Congratulations to the young people involved and their teachers.
It's difficult to follow the competition from the UK - the 'live stream' is not available on this side of the herring pond.
Courtesy of the Internet's cathode ray tube, however, here are some recordings from this year's competition...
Posted by Ian at 02:08:00
Monday, 6 May 2019
The credits on the cover of this single "...with Duke Ellington's Orchestra" seen recently at the online auction house set me searching for the provenance of these particular tracks.
The four songs recorded on this occasion are collected on the following French single on the Barclay label...
A quick consultation with Tom Lord's discography provides the details here in this screen grab...
... so, of course, the recordings come from a live engagement with Ellington in L.A.
Here is a copy, back and front, of a flyer for the engagement...
One of the tracks, Stardust, is, I assume on this release from Status Records...
the notes for which, in part, may be read here.
It seems the recordings were originally made on the label Ella set up for herself when her contract with Verve expired. You can read all about These Boots Are Made For Walkin' and Ella's version at Nancy Sinatra's website here.
All of these recordings are difficult or very expensive to obtain at present. here, at least, and on her own label, are Miss Ella Fitzgerald's versions of These Boots Are Made For Walkin'...
... and here is Moment of Truth...
Posted by Ian at 06:28:00
Sunday, 28 April 2019
29 April, 2019 marks the 120th anniversary of Duke Ellington's birth. His music has brought us all Many Happy Returns. Incredible to think that the video clip below, posted here by way of a Birthday card, celebrating Duke's seventieth birthday is itself now half a century old...
I shall be spending Duke's birthday at work but, when the five o'clock whistle blows, I would hope to catch at least some of WKCR-FM's (Columbia University’s non-commercial student-run radio station)annual 24 hour birthday broadcast celebration live-streamed here.
Posted by Ian at 12:46:00
Sunday, 21 April 2019
In the virtual auction house recently, this item was for sale: Noel Arnaud's surreal treatise on Duke Ellington with illustrations by Max Bucaille. Helpfully, the vendor has included pictures allowing us to see more than the front cover of this publication. I would have to spend quite a bit of time on Google Translate to understand the extracts here shown. The date 1950, however, certainly ties the publication to Ellington's trip to Paris two years earlier with Ray Nance and Kay Davis, featured here in this booklet.
Ellington and Strayhorn's relationship to Paris is a source of perennial fascination, the city of light inspiring some of the artists' best work and a rich field for further research...
"LE MESSAGER BOITEUX DE PARIS"
TRES RARE EXEMPLAIRE IMPRIME PAR REVUE SURREALISTE FONDEE PAR ARNAUD ET CHABRUN AU SORTIR DE LA SECONDE GUERRE MONDIALE ICI CONSACRE AU JAZZ ET A DUKE ELLINGTON VUS SOUS LE PRISME DU SURREALISME DE NOEL ARNAUD, JACQUES BUREAU, MICHEL PHILIPPOT ET MAX BUCAILLE...
DES ILLUSTRATIONS IN TEXTE EN NOIR PAR MAX BUCAILLE.
TRES BON ETAT. BROCHE. INSOLATIONS EN COUVERTURES. PAPIER JAUNI AVEC ROUSSEURS. FORMAT: 21,5 x 14 cm. 12 PAGES .
FORT RARE !!!
Posted by Ian at 02:56:00