DUKE ELLINGTON MUSIC SOCIETY
05/2 August-November 2005
Our 27th Year of Publication.
FOUNDER: BENNY AASLAND
HONORARY MEMBER: FATHER JOHN GARCIA GENSEL
EDITOR: SJEF HOEFSMIT
ASSISTED BY: ROGER BOYES
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Telephone: +32 3 315 75 83
Lillian Strayhorn Dicks
I had the great pleasure of meeting Billy Strayhorn's youngest
sister in 1993 at the Ellington conference in New York. She took part
in a panel discussion with members of the Strayhorn family. In 1995
she was a very active member of the Strayhorn group which organised
the Ellington conference in Pittsburgh. I have met her on several
Ellington conferences since. She was a DEMS member. She was a typical
Strayhorn. She was graceful, gentle, intelligent and friendly. It was
a real pleasure to have met her and her family.
She died on 4Apr05 in Freeport, NY at age 74. She is survived by her
husband, Howard, and a daughter.
We lost three of the finest bassists.
In less than a fortnight we lost Niels-Henning
Ørsted Pedersen (19Apr05), Jimmy Woode (23Apr) and
Jimmy Woode was one of Duke's great bass-players. He
was featured in almost every concert as the soloist in Satin
Doll. He was together with Sam Woodyard in a large part
responsible for the huge success at Newport in 1956. Jimmy attended
several of the Ellington conferences. He was a great raconteur and he
made himself many friends. Like many other American jazz musicians,
he spent a great part of his career in Europe. Jimmy had a severe
stomach operation early in April. He died of cancer in his home at
Lindenwold, NJ. Isabelle Durivaux gave me in May the following
"Jimmy had five children. Jimmy Bryant Woode III deceased like 20
years ago. His other son Patrick Bergmans lives in Berlin. Jimmys 3 daughters are Anne
Frederickson who lives in Stockholm, Deidre Woode who lives partly in
Italy, partly in Santa Barbara, Ca. and Shawnn Hueldig Monteiro, who
lives in Boston. Shawnn is Jimmys eldest child. She is a
singer. Among other ones, she recorded a wonderful CD live with
Jimmy, Clark Terry and Jimmy Cobb. Jimmy's wives died. Jimmy's
father, Jimmy Bryant Woode Sr., pianist, might have died last month
[Apr05] in Stockholm a friend told me. I know he had a heart attack
There is little doubt about the day that Jimmy was born: 23Sep. The
year however is uncertain. 1926, 1927 and 1928 have been mentioned.
We would welcome a confirmation to set the record straight.
The pencil drawing of Jimmy was made by the Swiss painter Georges
Wenger. We have not been able to contact him in order to have
permission for publishing his drawing of Jimmy. We hope he
Although Niels-Henning never played with Ellington, he
made a rare promotion CD, "The Duets" with Milgrew Miller in Duke's
centennial year. See DEMS 00/1-22/3 and 01/2-28/4. It contains 10
Ellington originals and two compositions, one by each of the two
musicians, dedicated to Ellington.
Percy Heath made with the Modern Jazz Quartet in 1988 a
tribute CD for Duke Ellington in which he played an impressive role
in Jack the Bear and Sepia Panorama. The other
Ellington selections were Prelude to a Kiss; It Don't Mean a
Thing; Ko-Ko; Rockin' in Rhythm and Come Sunday. John
Lewis wrote For Ellington and Milt Jackson wrote Maestro
E.K.E. This CD has not been reported in DEMS Bulletin. The label
is East-West Records, the number 790926-2.
Trumpeter Benny Bailey
Benny Bailey played for one week (7-15Nov69) in the Ellington
band during Duke's European tour when he replaced Ambrose Jackson in
the fifth chair of the trumpet section. He even soloed in the encores
in Berlin (8Nov) and in the opening number of the second concert in
Köln (10Nov). I saw him in Rotterdam, during two concerts on
7Nov. He may have been too briefly in the Ellington band to warrant a
mention as an Ellingtonian, but nevertheless, he was there. He didn't
seem to remember this very well. According to Steve Voce's obituary
Benny Bailey said: "I just never listened to Duke Ellington or the
older musicians. I had my hands full keeping up with Bop, which was
pretty fast action. It's only in more recent years," he said during
the Eighties "that I've gotten to appreciate Duke and Billy
Benny was one of those American musicians who preferred to work in
Europe. He lived in Sweden, in Switzerland and finally in the
Netherlands. He appeared onstage on the closing night of the old BIM
house in Amsterdam in Nov04.
On 14Apr05, a call came from England to the police in Amsterdam to
inquire about Benny Bailey. He was found dead in his house. He must
have died several days earlier. It had not occurred to his neighbours
that something was wrong, since they were used to Benny being away on
tour for several days. When he was at home they could hear him
practice late in the evening, when they came home.
Because the Social Service couldnt find his family or friends,
an advertisement was placed in the paper of 29Apr. Soon afterwards
many friends came forward. At first his funeral was scheduled for
3May, but in order to make it possible for his family and friends in
the USA to attend the service, the cremation took place a week later,
on 10May05. Benny was 79 years old. He had been married and he leaves
two sisters who attended the service.
Each of the few times I went to NYC for an Ellington
conference, Wally called me in my hotel room to welcome me in NYC. He
spoke for the occasion Dutch and many times during the conferences
when we met, he asked me: "Hoe gaat het met je?".
Walter Schaap who belongs to the pre-war researchers in jazz, died on
29May05 on the age of 88 years. He joined George Avakian in assisting
Charles Delaunay to compile his New Hot Discography. His son, Phil,
inherited Walters good taste and enthusiasm for Jazz. I offer
Phil my sincere condolences. I will always remember his father as a
most generous gentleman. I am proud to share with him my Dutch
The great French bassist died on Sunday 3Jul05. He suffered
from Altzheimer's. He was 77.
Pierre Michelot accompanied Duke Ellington, Stéphane
Grappelli, Michel Legrand and Gus Wallez on 3Jan73 during an
appearance for the French television ORTF. This may not have been
enough to call him an Ellingtonian. He was however an important jazz
musician from French origin who accompanied many American musicians,
like Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Benny Golson, Dexter Gordon, Clifford
Brown and Bud Powell.
The next Duke Ellington Conference
Just after Bulletin 05/1 came out, we received the message
through the Apr05 edition of the TDES Newsletter, that the next
conference cannot be held in New York next year. The president, Ray
Carman, wrote: "We believe that we will not be able to deliver a
quality program and key personnel. Regretfully, at this time, I must
pull the plug on the conference. This has been a very painful
The College of Arts and Architecture has nominated
Distinguished Professor of Theatre John Franceschina for The
Pennsylvania State Universitys prestigious Faculty Scholar
Medal in the Arts and Humanities.
Dan Carter, director of the School of Theatre, asked me (as editor of
DEMS) for a letter in support of Professor Franceschinas
nomination. I have sent him photo copies of the articles in DEMS
Bulletin in which Franceschina has been mentioned, the most important
of which was the Stefano Zenni review of Johns book "Duke
Ellingtons Music for the Theatre" in Bulletin 01/2-12/3. We are
very pleased with this award for the author of such an important
addition to Dukes library. (See also 00/2-17/1; 01/1-5/6;
02/2-14/1; 02/3-24/1; 02/3-25 p267; 03/3-18; 04/2-18 and 04/3-58.)
Clark Terry has won the 2005 Jazz Award of the Jazz
Journalists Association as Trumpeter of the Year.
Thats rather late, if we may say so.
Good NEWS ?
EDITION WILHELM HANSEN ACQUIRES STORYVILLE RECORDS
Storyville Records, one of the worlds great jazz labels,
has been acquired by Edition Wilhelm Hansen, part of The Music Sales
Storyville began life over 50 years ago when legendary Danish jazz
enthusiast Karl Emil Knudsen began releasing rare or exceptional
recordings by jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong and The Red Onion
Jazz Babies. Many of these tracks were initially licensed from the UK
label Tempo which had a similar vision of making great jazz
recordings more widely available.
Later Knudsen would expand Storyvilles catalogue by recording
many American jazz performers when they were on tour in Europe and
Scandinavia: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Clark
Terry, Benny Carter, Roland Hanna to name a few.
Danish jazz stars such as Papa Bue & His Viking Jazz Band and
Fessors Big City Band were later added to the Storyville roster.
Storyville Records, named after the notorious New Orleans
neighbourhood where jazz was born, remained a vibrant force into the
1990s, venturing into modern jazz, re-releasing over 300 revival
tracks by among others Chris Barber and gaining exclusive rights to
release many of Duke Ellingtons previously unreleased
By September 2003 when Karl Emil Knudsen, the self-styled "Doctor of
Jazz Archaeology", passed away, his Storyville label was considered
by jazz fans to be a prestigious Scandinavian equivalent to
Americas Blue Note Records.
Now the acquisition of Storyville by Wilhelm Hansen means that, with
the support of The Music Sales Group, it will be possible to digitize
the entire catalogue and make it widely available on CDs to be sold
Music Sales Chairman and Managing Director Robert Wise says "I am
sure Karl Emil Knudsen would have been delighted to know that his
precious Storyville catalogue will now become available to an even
wider audience and, I hope, to a whole new generation of jazz
Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Tine Birger Christensen
We hope sincerely that this is "good" news. We wonder if Edition
Wilhelm Hansen will continue Karl Emils policy to look first
and foremost to the musical importance of his editions and not only
to the expected commercial success. If so, we will be happy to
recommend to DEMS Bulletin readers to buy Storyville records even if
they wouldnt have done so anyway, to support one of the few
serious producers of serious Jazz music.
It is amazing. Not only is there a continuos stream of
re-issues of the highest quality, like Jean-Claude Göttings
booklet plus double CD (see 05/2-31) but also an amazing number of so
called "fresh" recordings has recently popped up.
Not only has Steven Lasker found take -B of Jive Stomp from
15Aug33 (B13801B) but he also found 16" acetates with three ABC
broadcasts from Ciros in Los Angeles on 5, 6 and 7Aug47. (See
Luciano Massagli recorded from the Spanish television the complete
concert at the Palau de la Música de Barcelona on 14Nov71. We
know now the exact contents of this concert in the correct sequence.
(See 05/2-14 and Correction-sheet 1072).
We also received the AB Fable CD with Ray Nances non-Ducal
violin recordings, featuring Ben Webster. This release was announced
by Frank Büchmann Møller in his presentation in Stockholm
on the first day of the Ellington Conference, 13May04. (See 04/2-10).
A complete survey of this CD is on 05/2-34.
The Storyville CD "Duke Ellington The Piano Player" is out.
Two interesting DVDs are out and another one is announced. See
Duke Ellington at Ciros, Los Angeles August 1947.
Steven Lasker has found these three marvellous broadcasts from
Ciros. The quality is impeccable. The acetates were cut at
Radio Recorders in L.A. through a direct telephone line. The most
amazing find is Dukes rendition of Fats Wallers
Squeeze Me. The only other Ellington recording of this title
was with a small group for the album "Side by Side". Hya
Sue (announced as Flirtation) and Lady in the Laverder
Mist (announced as Too Weary to Worry) have very unusual
Squeeze Me (by Fats Waller, is not Just Squeeze Me by DE)
Take the "A" Train (theme)
Royal Garden Blues
I Like the Sunrise (vocal by Chester Crumpler)
Brown Penny (vocal Kay Davis)
Blue Is the Night (announced as How Blue the Night)
Take the "A" Train (theme)
Its Kinda Lonesome out Tonight (vocal by Chester Crumpler)
Tulip or Turnip (vocal by Ray Nance)
Take the "A" Train (theme)
Lady of the Lavender Mist
Azalea (vocal by Chester Crumpler)
Palau de la Música de Barcelona, 14Nov71
Luciano Massagli recently recorded this concert from the
Spanish television. A correction-sheet is made available for the New
DESOR, but if you are not a Correction-sheet customer, here are the
Eddie Preston, Mercer Ellington, John Coles, Money Johnson,
Booty Wood, Malcolm Taylor, Chuck Connors,
Russell Procope, Norris Turney, Harold Minerve, Harold Ashby, Paul
Gonsalves, Harry Carney,
Duke Ellington, Joe Benjamin, Rufus Jones,
Nell Brookshire, Tony Watkins.
Kinda Dukish & Rockin in Rhythm
Take the "A" Train
All Too Soon
Satin Doll (with Raymond Fol at the piano)
Things Aint What They Used To Be
La Plus Belle Africaine
Come Off the Veldt
Medley: Prelude to a Kiss; Do Nothin Till You Hear from Me; In
a Sentimental Mood; I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart; Dont Get
Around Much Anymore; Mood Indigo; Im Beginning To See the
Light; Solitude; It Dont Mean a Thing; I Got It Bad; I
Dont Know What Kind of Blues I Got; Everybody Wants To Know;
Sophisticated Lady; Caravan.
Newport Jazz Festival 1962
See DEMS 05/1-6 (and Meeker 2289, Stratemann p463, New
DESOR 6233 from 8Jul62)
I watched and listened again carefully to the DVD BACH
FILMS EDV 1508 and I can confirm that Kinda Dukish, 6233a,
is definitely absent; (New DESOR probably in error claiming Kinda
Dukish to exist on Toshiba Laser Disc).
This DVD fits perfectly the Klaus Stratemann description (page 464)
with Duke's part as follows:
-%1:56 of Rockin' in Rhythm, 6233b,, starting with the last
notes from "ver16HC(cl)" and continuing with
-%2:00 of Passion Flower, 6233c, beeginning during the latter
part of "1°JH";
-2:50 of Things Ain't What They Used Too Be complete as 6233d.
The entire Ellington sequence just reaches 7 min.
Berlin Philharmonie / Berliner Jazztage
JazzDoor in Germany recently released a DVD (JD 11023) showing
21min of Sarah Vaughan material together with 26 min of the Duke
Ellington Orchestra in Berlin.
This "Live at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall" is of excellent color and
audio quality, zone-coded 0 in PAL.
The Ellington portion contains:
2Nov73: Pitter Panther Patter %2:08 7348g
Mood Indigo %4:00(%) 7348d
Mack the Knife 3:02
8Nov69: Don't Get Around Much Anymore 2:40 6954k
5Nov71: In Triplicate 4:09 7170m
Happy Reunion 4:11 7170d
Take the "A" Train 4:47% 7170e
The Ellington video recordings have been telecast through W(est)
D(eutsche) R(undfunk) in 1989.
I have found this European CD on the internet: Here are two links for
where you can purchase it: http://www.fnac.com and http://www.jpc.de
The first site is in French and the second is in German. North
American buyers have to consider the region of the DVD. The region
code is PAL 0. Unless you have a region free DVD player, it will not
play on a North American DVD player. I bought it from FNAC, since I
speak a little French. FNAC really gets you on the shipping. Shipping
cost more than the DVD, but it was sent express delivery. There was
no choice in the shipping method.
Pal Region 0 means it will play on ANY player that supports the
European Pal format; an all region player is not required. For those
in North America, a player with a Pal/NTSC converter would be
required. Most players with this converter would have an option in
the video set up menu to always output NTSC. "Region 0" means the
disc has no region code at all. This is usually a good thing.
Toronto 1958 and 1964
Music Video Distributors released in 2002 a DVD (CMB-960092),
titled "That Old Black Magic". It contains the video recordings made
in Toronto on 31Jul58, see DEMS 02/3-17/3 and session 9032 on
Correction-sheet 1048: I'm Beginning To See the Light,
Sophisticated Lady, Caravan, I Got It Bad, I Let a Song Go Out of My
Heart and Don't Get Around Much Anymore. It contains
further two selections of the video recording made in Toronto on
2Sep64, session 6456: Sophisticated Lady and Take the "A"
San Francisco 1965
I have heard that around the 20th of September a
DVD will be available world-wide with the National Educational
Television Network telecast "Duke Ellington - Love You Madly",
produced by Ralph Gleason in Sep65; plus the first Sacred Concert at
Grace Cathedral of 16Sep65. So watch out!
News from Ellington's web-site
I began a list of Ellington DVDs with tracks today - see the
new Ellington on DVD section of http://ellingtonweb.ca
I'd appreciate corrections, comments on the DVDs, and similar details
of those DVDs I haven't yet listed.
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