Sunday, 9 July 2017

At The Hague

Courtesy of Google Translate:

Duke Ellington performs in The Hague (1939). Performances by jazz musician Duke Ellington with his orchestra in the building of arts and science in The Hague, April 8, 1939. Apparently, Duke Ellington had forbidden to make recordings of this performance. Added text on card in archive reads: "Not used for journal". The title title reads: "With great difficulty, we have managed to make some recordings of this ideal jazz interpreter during his performance in the building of art and science in The Hague".
Duke Ellington's orchestra consisted of: Duke Ellington - Piano
Otto Hardwick - Saxophone
Harry Carney - Saxophone
Johnny Hodges - Saxophone
Barney Bigard - Clarinet
Cootie Williams - Trumpet
Fred Guy - Banjo
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton - Trombone
Lawrence Brown - Trombone
Sonny Greer - Drums
Polygoon-Profilti (producer), April 1939
The Telegraph, April 9, 1939, message about this performance in The Hague: Duke Ellington has conquered young The Hague with his famous band last night. The grand hall of the Building of Arts and Sciences was filled with enthusiastic crowd jazz lovers, including many from outside The Hague, who enjoyed the alternate program, largely filled with own compositions. Tiger rag, Rocking Rhythm, Mood Indigo belonged to the most acclaimed songs. The jam sessions, in which the band performs improvisationally, a Ellington specialty, testified of the high artistic views of the performers. The dark lady Crooner Ivy Anderson, who left after the break. Made an extraordinary impression with 'In my solitude'. The performance of the band proved in all respects of the excellent leadership of Duke Ellington, who had received a wreath from the Jazz World with long-term applause. The audience did not get used to the jazz king and his players with applause. In all ways, they tried to make them bissering, but Ellington did not shatter himself.

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