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Duke Ellington

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Ian Dove Gives a Big NME Welcome to Ellington and Odetta

Profile by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, 11 January 1963

COME SLUMP or boom, war or peace, fad or fashion, Duke Ellington has gone on leading a big band. For 37 years, to be precise! ...

Duke Ellington: "They're trying to make me a piano player. I'll have to start practising..."

Interview by Max Jones, Melody Maker, 1 February 1964


Tempo: R&B and Jazz Album Reviews

Review by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, November 1966

FOR SOME reason, recordings of live rock and roll shows are selling very well. You can hardly hear the music above the enthusiastic audience response ...

Duke Ellington: Concert Of Sacred Music (RCA)

Review by Max Jones, Melody Maker, 31 December 1966

Hot jazz and religion in a ducal mixture ...

Duke Ellington: Guildhall, Portsmouth

Live Review by Max Jones, Melody Maker, 11 February 1967


Duke Ellington: Suites in a Hotel Suite

Interview by Max Jones, Melody Maker, 18 February 1967

DUKE ELLINGTON is a musician who composes tirelessly in his own way and in his own time — which means according to the circumstances he ...

When Duke Shared the Bill with the Cheeky Chappie

Retrospective by Max Jones, Melody Maker, 23 December 1967


Duke Ellington Orchestra: Rainbow Grill, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, 9 August 1969

Quality, Taste & Warmth Mark Duke's Performance ...

Duke Ellington: Westminster Abbey, London

Live Review by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, 3 November 1973

IF DUKE ELLINGTON was responsible for the banal lyrics accompanying his new composition Sacred Concert which was premiered at Westminster Abbey last week he should ...

Duke Ellington: Jazz's First Great Virtuoso

Obituary by Max Jones, Melody Maker, 1 June 1974

OFTEN, DURING my years of writing on the MM, I have used a phrase such as "there'll always be an Ellington" or "there's always been an ...

Harry Carney, an appreciation: A great sax man

Obituary by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 12 October 1974

JAZZ SAXOPHONIST Harry Carney died at age 64 a few days ago in New York City. ...

It Don't Mean a Thing if it ain't got that Swing!

Retrospective by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 17 January 1976

'SWING IS HERE' was the title of a 1936 recording by Gene Krupa and his All-Stars featuring the molten trumpet of Roy "Little Jazz" Eldridge. ...

Phyllis Hyman: Duke Ellington Sacred Music Concert, St Paul's Cathedral, London

Live Review by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, 17 July 1982

IT'S PERHAPS not every day that you go to a gig at St Paul's Cathedral introduced by Rod Steiger and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. It's not ...

Duke Ellington: Duke 56/62 Volume One ; Duke 56/62 Volume Two ; Featuring Paul Gonsalves and more

Review by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 17 July 1985


Mercer Ellington: Duke's heir accepts no substitutes

Interview by Steve Bloom, Musician, December 1987

I TOOK THE A train to Mercer Ellington's apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. There I was, sitting in the train, flipping through Duke Ellington ...

Alan Douglas: Thee Man Who Sold The Underworld

Retrospective and Interview by Edwin Pouncey, The Wire, July 1997

Now into his fifth decade at the doors of perception, label boss ALAN DOUGLAS hasworked with many of the century's underground greats, from Lenny Bruce, ...

Black, Brown, Beige and Sacred: A Journey through Duke Ellington

Guide by Chris Ingham, MOJO, July 1999

IT'S HARD to overstate Duke Ellington's stature as a 20th century musician. Honoured by world leaders, respected by legit' cats and revered by jazz musicians ...

The Unknown Ellington

Comment by Brian Torff, Green Mountain Jazz Messenger, Fall 1999

THIS BEING the anniversary year of Duke Ellington's 100th birthday, there are so many tribute concerts to the master composer that he seems more alive ...

Duke Ellington

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, The Faber Companion to 20th-Century Popular Music, 2001

b. Edward Kennedy Ellington, 29 April 1899, Washington DC, USA, d. 24 May 1974, New York ...

Alan Douglas, 1931-2014

Obituary by Richard Williams, The Guardian, 18 June 2014

Record producer best known for his controversial posthumous releases of Jimi Hendrix recordings ...

The secret history of the jazz greats who were freemasons

Essay by John Lewis, The Guardian, 2 July 2014

Jazz and freemasonry are unlikely bedfellows, but in the 1950s, the secret society became a support network for musicians and the world's largest fraternity for ...

see also Ben Webster

see also Mercer Ellington


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