Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Troubled Waters

There isn't space here to rehearse the reasons why one of the musical geniuses of the last century and his Famous Orchestra found themselves accompanying Billy Rose's Aquacade, but this particular 'gig' in 1955 has always held a fascination for me. It is generally held to have been  a difficult period for Duke Ellington artistically and this particular engagement, the nadir.

Nevertheless, a programme from the engagement turned up today on Ebay USA. Had the vendor not confined himself to shipping only domestically, I'd have snapped it up.

As it is, here are the pages previewed on the auction site for the scrap book. One day, I'd like to do some proper research into this particular residency...

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