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Andy Jaffe and Ellen Keel did a terrific job. In the afternoon these four professors rehearsed their pieces with the Amherst Jazz Orchestra to give an almost full house concert the same evening.
The large concert hall of Amherst College was completely full in spite of a threatening snowstorm. It was a marvellous experience to be surrounded by so many great experts who take their profession so seriously, and who are so passionately involved in what they do. Several of these people never saw Duke live. Their dedication reflects the fact that Duke is becoming a classic composer. My short stay involved quite a lot of travelling, but it was more than worthwhile.
They also provided four free Ellington Concerts in different venues in the city with Buddy Collette as Conductor. For the benefit of those who are making lists of the Centennial Programs held throughout the world be sure and add this one to your list Royce Hall was packed both evenings April 29 and 30the programs were widely acclaimed, and the All Star Band was the greatest How could they go wrong with musicians Jennys Alright - X.S.
Energy - Eighteen Gerald Wiggins, Oscar Brashear, George Bohanon, Herman Riley and Jeff Hamilton? One of the many delightful surprises was the appearance of our good friend Herb Jeffries and he broke it up with a betterthan-ever Flamingo. Also, there were great performances by Ernie Andrews and Barbara Morrison and the very entertaining dancer Chester Whitmore.
The second evening performance was slanted toward the Symphonic Ellington. The UCLA Youth Symphony was very professional and had, at times, magnificent sonorities and a marvellous clarinettist.
The programs ran long but one other feature wildly applauded was the segment by Lalo Schifrin conducting his score of his recorded Ellington melange. Smith and Jimmy Smith performed along with the ubiquitous Kenny Burrell - plus a segment of salsa-flavored Ellington served up by our own Bobby Rodriguez.
Smith sang a magnificent Come Sunday. Besides the distinguished faculty of the Schools of Music at UCLA there were the usual panel of high-powered experts, e.
Also the Charles Graham maquette of the Central Park statue was anonymously donated and dedicated — plus jazz and liberal refreshments. There was also a free concert of Bill Berry's LA. The session came to a fantastic climax when Nellie Lutcher and Lee Young sat in! By thetimethe journey ended on 2 May with a gala banquet and dance, everyone aboard appreciated just how special the experience had been.
The theme of "Edward, You Are Blessed" had been vividly illustrated and a sense of sharing in the blessing Depk - Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Live at Carnegie Hall 1964 Vol.
1 to everyone present In preparation for this unique event, the host team had put together an atmosphere-setting activity schedule for Wednesday — a bus tour of Ellington's Washington, exhibits and a special performance at the Library of Congress and an evening reception at the Washington Marriott Hotel, conference headquarters, where delegates could mingle with old and new friends and enjoy the music of "The New Washingtonians", a student ensemble from the prestigious Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
We would hear more from these talented performers, and from other district student groups participating in the Duke Ellington Youth Project, as the week progressed. With attention and spirits duly centered, delegates from 14 countries were ready for the journey's opening stage, "Washington Wobble".
This Thursday morning Try My Love - Adeva - Love Or Lust brought Duke into perspective as a product of his hometown environment andrelationships,both as a person and as a multi-faceted musical artist Musician, writer and Ellington scholar Mark Tucker, whose presentations at previous conferences have always been highlights was in peak form as leadoff speaker, addressing the topic of "Retrospection: Ellington, Washington and the Music of Memory.
Through examples performed at the piano, Tucker traced the influences of Washington life on Ellington's compositions and stated his belief that conscious use of memories in composition is more important than technique. This conscious use of memories can be found in such pieces as Never Stop Remembering Bill.
Reminiscing In Tempo and Washington Wobble. Similarly, historical awareness and progression come into play in Black. The Controversial Suite. A sense of nostalgia colors Reflections In D. Black and Tan Fantasy. The Mooche and Far East Suite. Music heard in Depk - Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Live at Carnegie Hall 1964 Vol. 1 parents' separate churches, at social gatherings and in more worldly establishments during his youth would alsofinda deliberate place in Ellington's writing — traces of opera, barbershop harmonies, ragtime.
I am delighted to join Duke Ellington's countless fans across America and around the world in marking the th anniversary of his birth. Edward Kennedy Ellington was one of the musical giants of the 20th century. In thousands of compositions, ranging from romantic ballads and jazz tunes to tonal portraits and sacred music, he captured the American experience in sound and made it his own. A genius И Пока На Земле Существует Любовь - Ярослав Евдокимов - Все Сбудется his own right, he recognized genius in others and attracted some of the finest musicians of our time to join his orchestra.
Drawing on their individual strengths and crafting compositions that allowed each of them to shine, he created compelling and unforgettable music for more than 50 years.
It is fitting that this year's conference should take place in Washington, D. I Depk - Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Live at Carnegie Hall 1964 Vol.
1 the Duke Ellington Society and the organizers and participants of Ellington '99 for your commitment to preserving Duke Ellington's great artistic legacy for the enjoyment of generations to come. Best wishes to all for a successful conference and a memorable centennial celebration. From the early '60s until his death, he would concentrate on these Rhymes To Bust (Radio) - Powerule - Rhymes To Bust / Its Your Right but throughout his career one can find strong evidence of similar feelings of security, consolation and sense of identity — Hvmn Of Sorrow from the s film Symphony In Black and the s production Mv People.
It was a statement worth keeping in mind as a reference point during the remainder of the conference. Above all, Tucker stressed that Ellington's music encourages us to remember our own past, This Night (Original Mix) - Various - House Extended DJ Versions Vol.
2 make it a part of our present and future and to face life with hope and positive attitudes, a state of mind ideally expressed in a gem of collaboration between Ellington and Billy Strayhorn — Something To Live For. The morning's finale, "Memories of Shared Blessedness", was a panel discussion chaired by Patricia Willard, who Depk - Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Live at Carnegie Hall 1964 Vol. 1 several years was associated with Ellington as editor, researcher and public relations advisor.
Unfortunately, the potential for this segment was only lightly tapped, largely due to the limited allocation of time to accommodate the number of panelists and the way in which availabletimewas used. Nevertheless, it was clear that all the panelists still had warm memories of their association with Ellington and felt that the maestro's influence had personally guided their lives and careers.
The anecdotal nature of the discussion created a lively image of Duke as a very special friend, mentor and artist Since this is a Von Der Fröhlichkeit - Werner Pirchner - EU of worldwide Ellington celebrations, with Washington outdoing itself to Depk - Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Live at Carnegie Hall 1964 Vol.
1 the hometown hero, conference organizers very wisely integrated some of the best activities sponsored by other organizations into our own conference schedule. The rest of Thursday brought two such affiliated programs, both involving the Smithsonian Institution. During the afternoon, delegates were taken by bus to the National Museum of American History for a guided tour of the Ellington collection in the Archives Centre.
There was also ampletimeto browse through other exhibits devoted to aspects of Ellington's work. Capping the day was an evening performance by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in the towering National Cathedral. This was a concert of Ellington's sacred music, drawn from the three major recorded sacred concerts and conducted by David Baker.
The cavernous cathedral's acoustics are not kind to performances of this nature, so much of Baker's commentary was lost, as werefinernuances and balances in the music. Putting these painful distractions aside, delegates were still able to immerse themselves in a glorious selection of Ellington and Strayhorn pieces from this important stage in Ellington's creative life. Perhaps one of the most inspiring moments of all came when gifted young tap dancer Noble Potts interpreted David Danced Before the Lord.
It was a stunning performance. The upbeat mood continued on Friday with welcome news of a long-awaited book finally making its appearance. After 12 frustrating years, the Ellington community can finally celebrate publication of the late Eddie Lambert's career-crowning work, Duke Ellington; A Listener's Guide.
Sjef Hoefsmit reviewed the genesis of this detailed work and acknowledged the dedication shown by Elaine Norsworthy in seeing it through the publication jungle.
Peter MacHare, a prominent broadcaster and member of the Washington TDES chapter, then made some perceptive observations on what Lambert's book offers that is missing from other discography-oriented volumes. The music itself holds the spotlight rather than the minutiae of recording sessions and record labels. A special conference edition of the DEMS Bulletin displays sample entries from this two-volume set and offers useful comment on the scope of the updated work, so there is no need to summarize its expanded features here.
But it is certainly important to recognize the thoroughness and dedication of the co-authors. Workingtogethersince in Italy, Massagli and Volonte" have performed an invaluable service to discographers and collectors worldwide with their ongoing research. This latest edition of DESOR contains information up to January and includes over new entries from those shown in previous editions.
Through selected recordings and thoughtful commentary, MacHare drew attention to Ellington's contribution to and place in the broad history of modem music, in the process demonstrating that the lines between classical and jazz idioms and approaches are not always clear, and that seemingly disparate approaches to composition and performance have much in common — reworked or "stolen" material, incorporation of ideas from fellow musicians, syncopation, improvisation being just some of the shared traits.
In very articulate fashion, MacHare made a case for Ellington's volume, variety and quality of composition placing him on a level with acknowledged stars in the classical pantheon. The twin purposes of praising God and celebrating love in all its sensual extremes have been pursued throughout the history of music.
With reference to the work of Ellington and several other performers from classical, jazz, blues and pop arenas, MacHare gently steered us away from preconceived notions of what a specific musical genre should be, suggesting instead that Ellington's work be accepted for Depk - Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Live at Carnegie Hall 1964 Vol.
1 it is — a remarkable body of free-ranging compositions and approaches. MacHare's combination of provocative analysis and gentle humor turned this presentation into one of the best-received sessions of the conference. In closing the morning, Steven Lasker shared some "New Discoveries of a Very Old Vintage", items unearthed during his ongoing search for unknown or long-lost Ellington material.
Among his discoveries were out-takes from the movie Check and Double Check: April versions of Sleepytime Down South and Double Check Stomp, performed during a theatre engagement in Hartford, Connecticut that resulted in Ellington's earliest known radio broadcast; a filmstudio recording of Ebony Rhapsody from Murder At the Vanities. Along with such staples as Chelsea Bridge and Take the 'A' Train were the less prominent Love Like This Can't Last and Mist On the Moon, which would be quite differently voiced in its later incarnation as Moon Mist As always, avid collectors would have loved to give some of these rarities a home in their own record libraries.
Her animated account offirsthearing Ellington's orchestra while she was still a young student and eventually being hired to take care of fan mail in his New York office offered a closeup look of the man in a workday context Gordon's office responsibilities would eventually become more substantial, including public relations, and her friendship with Duke would continue after she left his organization to concentrate on family demands. Her recollections reflected the complexity of Ellington's personality and his unique Sunglasses At Night (TGV Remix) - Various - Compressor of interacting with people around him.
Quite a different personal view of Ellington was developed by Rev. Mark S. Essential to understanding the Ellington who would devote much of his later effort to works of spiritual significance is awareness of his deep-grounded religious faith. Shaped both 5 by parental influences and the culture of histime,Ellington consistently demonstrated his commitment to moral and social principles. Harvey emphasized Ellington's keen interest in social justice, his love of God and fellow man and his celebration of life through music.
This was the Ellington who would call himself a "messenger boy for God. Spearheaded by Dr. Luvenia George, a local educator and Washington TDES member, the Duke Ellington Youth Project operates in a growing number of area schools and encourages students not only to learn about Ellington's music and cultural significance but to express their responses to his work through creative efforts of their own — poetry, painting, sculpture, dance and both choral and instrumental performance.
Delegates who chose to attend an evening concert of the annual Duke Ellington Youth Festival at the Smithsonian wererewardedwith spirited and often exceptional performances of both classic Ellingtonia and less frequently performed pieces. It was encouraging to witness the Ellington legacy taking root in a new generation. As a bonus, attendees were able California Girls - Various - Summertime Gold add their applause when awards were presented to three individuals for their major contribution to music education programs for Washington-area youth.
Among them were June Norton, former Ellington vocalist, and Dr. To begin ourfinalconference day, the emphasis was on "Ellington the Collaborator and Leader. By the early 40s, Williams — then in her early '30s Depk - Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Live at Carnegie Hall 1964 Vol. 1 was beginning to compose material echoing her search for deeper meaning in life, works Extreme Ways (John Creamer + Stephane K Remix) - Various - BMG Dance Compilation # 108 as the Zodiac Suite and a very modem, meditative Ghost of Love.
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