Tuesday, 2 April 2013

The Librarian Suite

The University of Boulder, Colorado, is where Glenn Miller studied and met his wife to be, Helen Burger.  The University now houses the Glenn Miller Archive. A little over twelve months ago, the Archive at the American Research Center, University of Colorado acquired the Ed Burke Collection. You can read about the collection here.

 Ed Burke’s is a familiar name to collectors of music from the swing era, that glorious period when jazz and popular song were synonymous and, for the casual listener, the era with which Duke Ellington’s music is most closely associated.

Ed Burke’s Ellington collection comprises, apparently, quite a significant tranche of his entire holdings. Borrowing original transcription discs from radio stations, Burke transferred them meticulously to reel-to-reel tape and issued many air shots on his own Soundcraft and Jazz Hour labels.

Click on the link below, and this will take you to the page where two Ellington recordings can be heard as MP3 files. Just A Settin’ And A Rockin’ and Clementine were recorded at the Zanzibar Club in October, 1945. You can listen to the two tracks here.

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