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Maria Ellington

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Maria Hawkins Cole (also known as Ellington following her first marriage) (August 1, 1922 – July 10, 2012) was the widow of singer Nat King Cole and mother of singer Natalie Cole. She was also a jazz singer who worked most notably with Count Basie and Duke Ellington from early October 1944 until mid September 1945. She met Nat King Cole while they were both singing at the Zanzibar club.
Maria Ellington died in a nursing home in Boca Raton, Florida, after a short battle with cancer at the age of 89.



Duke Ellington Conference at Woking

DEMS 12/2-2

DEMS made an agreement with the organizers of the Conference. DEMS would pay 195 GBP (the full amount for a registration) and the organizers would send to DEMS audio copies of the presentations to make it possible to write a report of the conference.
Until now we only received a copy of the presentation by Bill Saxonis, "Reflections on Duke and His World: The Oral History Project", which was scheduled as the first session in the afternoon of 25May.

Bill Saxonis made since 2000 each year a radio program on Duke's birthday. These broadcasts contain quite some interviews about Duke. Some of these interviews were even made during previous Ellington Conferences.

Art Baron
told in his interview about the "recorder" which Art carried with him. When Duke found out that Art could play that instrument, he decided to write a small piece for Art to be performed during the Third Sacred Concert. Art had hardly enough time for rehearsal. The rehearsals went on until the audience showed up in the cathedral.
Willie Ruff spoke about the "All Star" concert on 6 October 1968 at Lincoln Centre. It was a year after Billy Strayhorn died and Duke wanted to raise money for a scholarship at Julliard. Duke had nothing scheduled for the program. When he found Willie "The Lion" Smith behind the stage he introduced him to the audience and "The Lion" played Carolina Shout.
Samintha Bea Benjamin told the story again about Duke insisting to play the piano when she sang I Got It Bad (on 24Feb63) in Paris.
John Lamb spoke of his solo in Bluebird of Delhi. He didn't feel comfortable when people called him Duke's bass-player. He was his own bass-player, but he respected Duke greatly.
Buster Cooper spoke of Billy Strayhorn. He admired Billy very much.
Willie Ruff spoke of the "Suite for the Duo", written by Billy Strayhorn specially for him and his partner Dwike Mitchel. This Suite was performed during the concert at Lincoln Centre on 6oct68. When Billy was writing the piece in the presence of Willie Ruff, Billy called Duke at the phone to ask him advise, which Billy accepted and which improved the score.
Bob Wilber spoke of his idol Johnny Hodges. When Johnny was asked to play with Bob's band at George Wein's Storyville Club in Boston on Bob's soprano saxophone, he asked for a clarinet reed and he not even wetted the reed before he played a wonderful solo on Bob's instrument.
Willie Ruff spoke again about Charles Mingus. During a concert at the Woolsey Hall at Yale on October 1972, the band had to be evacuated because there was a bomb-thread. Charles said "this is a good day to die. Everybody may leave but I play Sophisticated Lady", which he did on Willie Ruff's bass.
Art Baron expressed his admiration for Harold Ashby.
George Avakian told how he met Duke Ellington for the first time.
Buster Cooper spoke of the Ed Sullivan Shows.
Richard Gale talked about his father, Moe Gale, the owner of the Savoy Ballroom and the first agent of Ella Fitzgerald. He admitted that Ella had a greater career with Norman Grantz than with the Gale organisation.

This was the end of Bill Saxonis' fine presentation, both entertaining and informative.
Sjef Hoefsmit**





Clark Terry

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As you know, I'm digitizing Jazz Journal Magazine and have just finished preparing 1958 and am about to send it off to the editor but I thought that this article on Clark Terry might be of interest for inclusion in the next issue. You will remember that the editor, Mark Gilbert, has already given overall permission for content relating to Duke to be published in the Bulletin and Blue Light.
Marcus Girvan

The Man from St. Louis


Probably all followers of the Duke Ellington band's more recent work smiled happily when they read that Duke had chosen Clark Terry to represent Puck in his suite of Shakespearean sketches; for if ever a trumpeter embodied the essence of Puckishness, Terry is that man.
His style is difficult to describe precisely. A touch of Edison's occasional intense passion and more than a dash of Rex Stewart's tricky wit combine with a powerful leaning towards the modernism of Gillespie; but above all the individual approach which makes his work so easily recognizable is always apparent. His work is full of contrasts — one moment he will play a phrase from the melody, then follow it with a fast upward chromatic run a la Dizzy; or alternatively will intersperse brief multi-noted comments around his accompanying background figures, usually in an inimitable "popping" style which has its roots in Rex Stewart's work, but which is nearly all Terry. It is evident that he is one of the foremost ''humorist" instrumentalists of his day—there is an undisguised "tongue-in-cheek" air about most of his playing; particularly with regard to his more outrageous quotes, which one could well dub "Terryisms".

He is possessed of a magnificent technique which at times enables him to rival the stratospheric Anderson, but with infinitely better taste, tone and accuracy than the Cat generally exhibits. Clark's unusual improvisational line, which although at first listening seems erratic and unconnected, falls "into place" upon further playings. It is difficult to repress an approving grin when hearing Terry play—would that more jazzmen today possessed his wicked sense of humour! (Incidentally the pleasing photograph on Terry's first LP under his own name — Mercury EJL.1256 — seems to typify the cheerfulness and informality inherent in his playing.)

In a way it is rather unfortunate that Terry has sojourned so long in the Duke's trumpet team. With four highly personal horn men jostling one another for solo space the opportunities for extended expression are necessarily limited. Perhaps that is the reason why recording executives have not been kind to Clark. It is a shame that a player with so much to say and such a fresh way of saying it should have made only one LP as leader and very few others as sideman. This compares most unfavourably with the position of the excellent Joe Newman, who, as well as being constantly before the public eye as principal trumpet soloist with the Basie band, has made scores of LP's with such diverse characters as Joe Turner, Al Cohn, Buck Clayton, Nat Pierce and Paul Quinichette, as well as several under his own name. While not wishing to take one shred of credit away from Newman, whose firm grip on the essential importance of playing with a powerful swing makes him a most encouraging and beneficial influence, we submit that while perhaps more roundabout in approach, Terry swings equally as much and has an imaginative flair in excess of Newman's.

It is high time that Terry began to collect his share of critical and public recognition. There is a humour and "liveness" about his music (so different from the deadpan lack of expression of the "Top Brass") that stamps him as the most interesting of the younger exponents of the modern school. While he may never be a great innovator, an Armstrong or a Gillespie, he occupies a position comparable to that held by the Armstrong-influenced but readily recognisable Joe Thomas in the thirties.

Those not knowing Clark's work might well study his Perdido with Duke on the Ellington Uptown LP (Philips). Here he is featured at length in a typical flow of offbeat ideas, and also takes part in a high-powered four-trumpet/one-trombone chase with Ray Nance, Willie Cook, Cat Anderson and Britt Woodman. His work here easily holds its own against the other instrumentalists. Another fine chase example is to be found on Johnny Hodges' Ellingtonia '56 (Clef), where Terry, Cook and Anderson trade fours and solos for several choruses on Duke's Jam; Cook and Cat play 'way in the upper reaches, but Clark is still in there pitching. With records like these, it is well worth the effort of penetrating the seeming inconsequentiality of this trumpeter's style to gain hours of pleasure with that rarity — a jazz original.
Jazz Journal July 1958

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As you may know the trumpeter Clark Terry has over the past few months had to have both his legs amputated as a result of the diabetes he’s suffered from since the Fifties. These were two massive operations and the results, as you would expect, have been agonising for Clark.
With the devoted care of his wife Gwen, Clark has been weathering the storm. His determination and bravery have been amazing and it is incredible that a man of his age has been able to produce such resources from within himself.
He has been in and out of hospital and still has many medical problems, but fortunately he is now at home. He speaks daily to friends and students by phone and Skype and I was myself able to have a long conversation with him about old times.
Fortunately a lot of the horrendous cost of his operations was covered by insurance. But Clark needs medical care 24 hours a day, and this eats up money art a horrifying rate. A lot of his friends have rallied round and all this has been paid for up to date.
We’ve all had so much pleasure over the years from Clark’s superb playing and from his wonderful personality. Young people have had their lives changed by his wonderful teaching and if anyone ever put more into life than they’ve taken out, then it’s Clark Terry.
If you’d like to make some recognition of the enjoyment Clark’s brought into your life, then it’s easy to send money to him by PayPal. You simply use Gwen Terry’s e-mail address, which is
Any money goes directly into Gwen’s PayPal account.
All you do is use Google to go to PayPal and then click the ‘send money’ box. The charge for sending money using this method is less than £3 however much you send. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to handle the technology, but when I came to it, it was quite simple, safe and didn’t take long!
Steve Voce**





At the Steps of City Hall NYC

DEMS 12/2-5

If you go to
you will find a short part of the video recording made for TV Newsreel "City Classics" from Crosswalks NYC Channel 74.
It shows a tribute to Duke Ellington on 15Sep69.
Apparently, the complete video is held by the New York City Municipal Archives.
This New DESOR unlisted "session" has a Clark Terry-conducted big band playing Take the A Train, then DE accompanies Tony Watkins on Solitude and Be Cool and Groovy, followed by a Mayor John Lindsay speech and DE playing Satin Doll with the big band.
Brian Koller

Take the "A" Train is not on this snippet. It starts with Rock Skippin' at the Blue Note.

I believe I see Norris Turney, Benny Green, Vince Prudente, Cat Anderson, Frank Wess, Steve Little and Eddie Preston. Mercer Ellington is in the audience, sitting next to Joe Morgan, Duke's press agent at the time. The date of the crosswalk program was originally Friday evening 23May03 and it was re-broadcast Sunday 25May03.
Fred Beckhardt.

In addition to Clark Terry, I saw Jimmy Hamilton and Norris Turney and I believe that I also saw Phil Woods and Joe Benjamin.

Newport 2Jul71

DEMS 12/2-6

contains snippets from a private cassette recording of the Festival.
The first part of the you tube audio is Buddy Rich, followed by Duke Ellington.
From the Ellington snippets, I hear:
C-Jam Blues
Soul Soothing Beach
Right On Togo


A CD was made from the cassette and is for sale on ebay. In the listing, the seller states another cassette exists with the second half of the July 2 Ellington concert.

This recording should be added to The New DESOR 7137. Parts of Naturellement have been compared and they were identical.
Brian Koller**

In the Smithsonian collection is a tape, with a memo, entitled:
"United States Government Memorandum":
To: Duke Ellington.
From: Howard Brucker-Voice of America/Music.
Date: 7/19/71.
Subject: "Because of the cancellation of the festival, eventual programming of what we have recorded of the '71 Newport Jazz Festival is still undecided. If the festival is broadcast, even in abbreviated form, only the opening and final movements of BRAVO TOGO, as you requested, will be aired. Entire selection, however, is included on the enclosed tape."



Harlem Jazz Adventures

DEMS 12/2-7

See DEMS 06/2-55

Baron Timme Rosenkrantz's memoir, "Harlem Jazz Adventures," is out now -- and the frontispiece is a tête-a-tête photo of Louis Armstrong and Timme. The book was published in Jan12 by Scarecrow Press (
ISBN 13: 9780810882096 ISBN 10: 0810882094).
Duke's chapter about Timme in "Music is My Mistress" can be read at several sites, and via the book's official website,
Fradley Garner

Fradley gave us permission to reprint in full in DEMS Bulletin what Timme had to say about Duke in chapter 25. We are grateful for that permission but we have decided not to take advantage of it. You should buy the book yourself. Not only because of chapter 25, but also for all the other chapters full of humorous reports of the many encounters Timme had with the great jazz musicians of his time. I have read the book. It is splendid. I can recommend it to all jazz lovers.
It is much more than a straightforward translation of Timme's book. It contains a lot of very useful notes and many additional quotes from others about the musicians who are featured in each chapter.
There is one little discographical remark to be made. On page 160 in note #5, Fradley Garner mentioned a recording made at Timme's birthday party on 6Jul46. The copy on tape that we have of this recording is however dated 7Jul45. That is much more likely, since Duke was in New York on that day and on 6Jul46 he played in Los Angeles.


DEMS 12/2-8

See DEMS 12/1-17

Congratulations to Alain Pailler. His latest book "Ko-Ko" was awarded the "Prix du Livre de Jazz 2011" (Jazz Book of the Year) by the French "Académie du Jazz" on 12Jan12 in Paris at the Théatre du Chatelet. It is a pity that his splendid essays are not translated into English. I am sure that there are quite a number of interested readers waiting for such a translation.
Sjef Hoefsmit

Addition to Duke's Itinerary

DEMS 12/2-9


Can you help me, please?  I came across your webpage
which has a picture of Estelle Coté, first Queen of Carnaval (1955).
The activities of Duke Ellington and his orchestra from February 1 to 16, 1955 have not yet been documented, and my fellow researchers and I seek to establish where they performed during this period, and what the nature of the performances were - dance engagements, night clubs, etc. A colleague in Sweden [Carl Hällström] discovered an image on the internet of a concert program or perhaps a restaurant menu for
"En vedette a La Porte St.-Jean"
"Duke Ellington et son orchestre au complet"
"du 8 au 15 Fevrier inclus"
This is autographed by Mr. Ellington but it is also autographed by Mlle. Coté, and by 1955 duchesses Nancy Lee Peterson and Gisèle Poulin.

It seems clear the program or menu is from February 1955. I was wondering if you can tell me if the establishment called La Porte St.-Jean was a restaurant, a night club, or something else in the early part of 1955, please?
Thank you,
David Palmquist
Delta B.C.

Il s'agit d'un cabaret ouvert en 1951 par Gérard Thibault. Vous trouverez plus d'informations en consultant ce document.
Marie-Michèle Rheault
Les éditions du Septentrion
1300, Maguire
Québec (QC)
G1T 1Z3
Tél. : 418 688-3556 #221
Téléc. : 418 527-4978
courriel :

Dear Ms Rheault,
Thank you very much, this is very helpful.
I am sharing this information with my colleagues and it will likely be shared with the world of Ellington through The International DEMS Bulletin, of the Duke Ellington Music Society based in Belgium (see
You have helped solve a mystery!
Best wishes,



The Duke's Trumpeters 1945

DEMS 12/2-10

See DEMS 11/2-9

Many thanks to Graham Colombé who gave us the opportunity to listen again to these trumpet's solos.
About In a Mellow Tone we agree with Colombé who says that RS is the soloist in 4530r (instead of RN) and CA in 4576f (instead of RS).
For Ring dem Bells (4555l) the remark on the lip problems regarding RN is very astute: the soloist is, as Graham says, RS indeed.
We changed our mind on Indiana: the soloist is always CA.
We do not agree with Colombé and we confirm our choice about: On the Alamo, Let the Zoomers Drool, Bugle Breaks, How Deep Is the Ocean, Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin' and Unbooted Character.
On Stompy Jones we wrote in The New DESOR that the soloists were RN (4540s, 4568b, 4569e), TJ (4584p, 4612b) and RS (4586b). Colombé on the contrary says that it is RS. We listened carefully to these recordings many times and we are now convinced that the unique trumpet soloist is actually TJ.
Luciano Massagli and Giovanni Volonté

Duke's Interview at Croydon

DEMS 12/2-11

If you go to
Part 1 on
and Part 2 on

You will have the whole interview of 25Jan63 on video.
The interview was made by Sven Lindahl for the Swedish telecast "Aktuellt Apropå". On the video on YouTube the date is given as 3Feb63. That must have been the date of the telecast.

The Hi de Ho Blog

DEMS 12/2-12

I would like to inform you that I've completed a series of articles about the musicians who went from Cab Calloway's orchestra to Duke Ellington's orchestra.
For each musician, there's a couple of anecdotes and I've tried to provide the most representative tune for each period.
The series is organized by section: saxes, trumpets, trombones, rhythm + those who were first in Ellington then went to Calloway + the arrangers.
You'll find some interesting names like Ben Webster, Harry White, Benny Payne, Gerald Wilson, Quentin Jackson, Claude Jones, Marshall Royal, Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, etc.
If you'd want to share the link on your website, I would be honored.
Jean-François PITET
Cab Calloway, his music and his musicians:

The tape for Billy

DEMS 12/2-13

See DEMS 02/3-9/1 and 03/1-10/3

A friend in Sydney, Australia ( where I now live) sent to me the article in DEMS Bulletin 02/3-9/1.
I am the piano player mentioned in the bottom paragraph. The 2 tunes I played were Blues for Duke and Billy, and A Grain of Sand.
I have a fairly clear recollection of the recording. Duke had contacted the pianists, all of whom he had met on the numerous occasions he visited Paris. He wanted each pianist to play 2 tunes only: one original composition and the other a Blues. All the pianists were accompanied by Duke's rhythm section John Lamb ( bass) & Ron Brooks (drums).
The pianists present that morning - yes, it was 6.30 am on the 10th March, 1967 - were Claude Bolling, Martial Solal, Aaroon Bridgers, Erroll Parker, Michel Sardaby, myself and Joe Turner. Joe was the reason for the late start of the recording as his last set at La Calvados finished at 6 am.
Claude Bolling appears confused: I can confirm that Duke himself DID NOT play on that date and also that each pianist present would record ONLY 2 tunes, as Duke had wished.
I shall attempt to clarify as to who played what:
Joe Turner did open the session with ??Harry Yuma?? ( I doubt that was the title Joe meant) and he finished his set with James P. Johnson's Carolina Shout ( which he played every night to finish off his 6 am set for over 30 years at La Calvados).
Aaron Bridgers played My Little Purple Flower (which he wrote for his partner, Billy Strayhorn) and a Blues and the medley of the 4 Strayhorn's Lush Life, Star Ride(?), Satin Doll and Take the "A" Train.
It was Erroll Parker who played Garnerama and Blues for the Soul (his name is taken from Errol Garner and Charlie Parker).
Michel Sardaby did play Blues Sunset and Blues for Billy
Which leaves I Love you Madly, Meditation, T.G.T.T., which could be by Martial Solal.
Bolling himself played James P Johnson's Harlem Strut and Quietly ( which he names as his composition.)
I have been searching for a copy of this recording for the past 40 years. Can you help?
I am now in my 78th year ( I was 33 when the recording was made) and am now retired from playing due to a severe spinal collapse and arthritis in my hands. You could get further information on me by Googling my name. I thank you for whatever help you can give me in finding this.
Your in Jazz.
Stuart De Silva


DETS Volume 16, double CD
Storyville 903 9016

DEMS 12/2-14

CD 1
Treasury broadcast # 30, 10Nov45, ABC Studio 6-B, Radio City, NYC
 1. Take the "A" Train
 2. Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'
 3. Take the "A" Train
 4. 9:20 Special
 5. Frustration
 6. Bond Promo
 7. Jenny
 8. Dancing in the Dark
 9. Crosstown
10. Passion Flower
11. Bond Promo
12. Victory Drive
13. Get on Board Little Children
14. Take the "A" Train
15. Come Sunday, Light
16. Bond Promo
17. 11:60 P.M.
18. Tell It to a Star
19. I Ain't Got Nothin' but the Blues
20. Cotton Tail
21. Waiting for the Train to Come In
22. Star Spangled Banner

MBS broadcast from The Hurricane Restaurant, 7Jun43, NYC
23. Just Squeeze Me (Subtle Slough)
24. Main Stem
This cannot have been a Pastel Period broadcast. 7Jun43 is not a Sunday.

MBS "Pastel Period" broadcast from The Hurricane Restaurant, Jun43, NYC
25. Bakiff

CD 2
Treasury broadcast # 31, 17Nov45, ABC Studio 6-B, Radio City, NYC
 1. Take the "A" Train
 2. Walkin' with My Honey
 3. Jack the Bear
 4. Autumn Serenade
 5. Bond Promo
 6. Tell It to a Star
 7. Hey Diddle Diddle
 8. I Can't Begin To Tell You
 9. How Deep Is the Ocean
10. The Wonder of You
11. Victory Drive
12. As Long as I Live
    Take the "A" Train

"The Fitch Band Wagon" broadcast, 30May43, Radio City, NYC
13. Take the "A" Train
14. Interview with Duke Ellington
15. The Canteen Bounce
16. Perdido
17. Interview with Duke Ellington
18. Hayfoot, Strawfoot
19. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
20. Interview with Duke Ellington
21. A Slip of the Lip
22. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
23. Interview with Duke Ellington
24. Ring dem Bells
The interviews were done by Tobe Reed.
The session can be found on the Correction-sheet 1011 from The New DESOR.

MBS "Pastel Period" broadcast from The Hurricane Restaurant, Sep43, NYC
25. Moon Mist
26. C-Jam Blues
27. It Don't Mean a Thing
28. Tonight I Shall Sleep
29. Ring dem Bells
30. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
31. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
The date of 5Sep is confirmed in the Timme Rosenkrantz files. It must be wrong. 5Sep was a Wednesday. Pastel Period broadcasts were always on Sunday.


A very rare Ellington recording

DEMS 12/2-15

Alan Eichler was so kind as to send us a set of five CDs with recordings made by Jane Harvey. They were released by Little Jazz Bird Records. They include newly discovered performances with Duke Ellington and his orchestra with Billy Strayhorn, recorded in the late 1950's.
The two tracks with the Ellington band are on the fifth CD, titled "The Undiscovered Jane Harvey", LJB 1005 (2011). The titles are A Hundred Dreams from Now (originally titled A Hundred Dreams Ago) and I Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues. It is unmistakably the Ellington orchestra with Billy Strayhorn at the piano and Duke supervising the session and giving instructions to Jane at the start of the second selection. The same recording of A Hundred Dreams from Now is also on track 2 of the first CD in the series, LJB 1001, titled "Travelin' Light".
We have asked Alan Eichler to give us the date and the location of these recordings in order to include them in Duke's discography. He answered: "The Ellington recordings were done in New York during Jane's marriage to Bob Thiele. It would have become a full album, but Jane and Bob divorced and she thought all copies had been destroyed. She estimates the year as around 1959.

MY PEOPLE, the complete show
Storyville 1018430

DEMS 12/2-16

 1. Skillipoop (Jungle Triangle)
 2. Come Sunday
 3. Will You Be There
    99% Won't Do (complete version)
 4. Ain't But the One
 5. David Danced
 6. My Mother, My Father and Love (Joya Sherrill)
 7. After Bird Jungle
 8. Light (Montage)
 9. My People
10. The Blues
11. Blues at Sundown
12. Walkin' and Singin' the Blues
13. Jail Blues (Workin' Blues)
14. My Man Sends Me
15. Jail Blues
16. I Love My Lovin' Lover
17. Skillipoop (Jungle Triangle)
18. King Fit the Battle of Alabam'
19. King Fit the Battle of Alabam'
20. Purple People
21. What Color Is Virtue?
22. Purple People (background music)
23. Jail Blues (Piano Blues Overture)
24. Strange Feeling
25. My Mother, My Father and Love (Jimmy McPhail)

1.  Track -62 was used for the original release. It was found on the studio tape, catalogued in the Danish collection as item 35228. It was used for the Danish broadcast #25. Here is indeed track -60, which is actually a "breakdown&qquot;.
1 and 17. According to The New DESOR the soloist is not Rudy Powell but Russell Procope. According to a correction on The New DESOR, the instrument was not a clarinet but a soprano sax.
9. This is the most original version of track 20. On the released recordings the words "for the first time" and "and so, wait a minute now" have been deleted.
12. I believe The New DESOR is right. The sax is played by Harold Ashby and not by Rudy Powell.
12 and 14. There is no doubt that Billy Strayhorn was present during this recording session. Duke called him between tracks 25 and 27. If the date of 27Aug is correct, the story in David Hajdu's "Lush Life" page 228 is not true.
19. The solo credits for Bob Freedman and Pete Clark have been corrected in The New DESOR. Pete came before Ray Nance, Bob came after Ray Nance.
20. The credit for Richelle Le Noir Guilmenot has been corrected in The New DESOR into Joya Sherrill.
I am the source of this mistake. Joya told me that her daughter did the narration, but that was done (once or more times, I don't know) at the actual show in the Arie Crown Theatre, not in the recording session.
21. This is exactly identical with the released version, track -18 with an intercut coda 5-18. The asterisk (on page 11 of the liner notes) should be removed.
22. According to a correction made in The New DESOR, the soloists were Bob Freedman and Russell Procope. Not Rudy Powell.
Sjef Hoefsmit

Duke Ellington at the Brant Inn

DEMS 12/2-17

Does anyone have a list of Duke’s appearances over the years at the Brant Inn in Burlington, Ontario? Ellington Day by Day shows only six; two in 1952, one in 1953, two in 1956, and one in 1957. I remember seeing Duke there in either 1963 or 1964 and I’m nearly certain he appeared during the 1940s.
Don Brown

Duke played a dance date (which was recorded) on 17Feb55. There were two more recordings, one from 19Jul56 and one from 21Jul56.

Thanks, Sjef. The reason I was asking is that while tidying up my basement the other day I came across a 2400 foot reel-to-reel tape of Ellington at the Brant Inn. Since I don’t own a reel-to-reel player I’m having a friend to transfer it to disc for me. I was originally given the tape by a CBC music producer I worked with. He’d got the tape from the CBC archives but there was absolutely no information on it beyond Duke’s name. It’s quite possible it’s one of the recordings you mention in your email. It will be interesting to be able to hear it. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for your help.
Don Brown

Hello again, Sjef. My friend William Van Ree just sent me the music from the reel-to-reel tape I was asking about recently. I’ve been able to establish that it contains two broadcasts recorded by station CHML in Hamilton, Ontario for broadcast over the CBC’s Dominion Network. Checking Timner I’ve confirmed that they are the broadcasts of July 19th and 21st 1956. As far as I know these have never been officially issued so I plan to ask William to make CDR copies for me and my friends. If you’re interested I’d be happy to send you a copy. Please let me know.

Don Brown

I have both dates on tape in a poor quality. If your copy is good, I would be very interested in a copy on CD.
This is what Art Pilkington wrote to me in his letter of 5oct89: "I confirmed my suspicions that the two dates in DESOR and Timner of 19 & 20Jul57, are in error and should read 19 & 21Jul56. I have listened to these tapes at the CBC program Archives in Toronto. The tune titles agree with DESOR and Timner."


Judging from the compressed samples William sent me by email the sound seems excellent. I’m sure a proper transfer of the music from tape to CD will be even better. William will be back in Toronto in four weeks and I’ll get back to you then, Sjef, when I’ll have had a chance to listen to the music on CD. If you’re interested I could forward William’s samples to you so you can judge for yourself.
Don Brown

Don't be bothered. I will be happy to wait for the CD when it is ready. I would be very grateful. The music is terrific (as usual) but my tape is rather poor.

William van Ree was in Toronto yesterday and brought CDR copies of Duke Ellington at the Brant Inn to the pub for me and my jazz-loving drinking buddies. I have a copy for you which I'll drop in the mail this coming week if you’ll send me your address. Also, if anyone you know would like a copy William can easily make extras. All they’ll need to do is contact him and he’ll give them the cost of the disc and the shipping. William’s email address is

Don Brown

Your CD arrived today. It looks fabulous. I have not yet listened t it, but I will do that this evening. It looks like a real professional job. I will promote it in the next DEMS Bulletin and I will send you my article before publication.

Thank you again for the fine CD of the Brant Inn. I have listened to it several times. Although the sound quality is not impeccable, it is very much better than the poor tape copy that I have in my collection. As I said earlier, the music is terrific as usual. Your and William's offer to make more copies for DEMS Bulletin readers is highly appreciated.

Duke played on 19Jul56
from the Newport Jazz Festival Suite:
Festival Junction
Blues To Be There
Newport Up
followed by
Prelude to a Kiss
Mood Indigo.

He played on 21Jul56:
Take the "A" Train
Sophisticated Lady
Jam with Sam
I Got It Bad
Tulip or Turnip
E and D Blues
Take the "A" Train.




Joe Jackson's tribute to The Duke

DEMS 12/2-18

At the end of June a Joe Jackson tribute to Duke Ellington album will be released, containing versions of I'm Beginning To See The Light, Mood Indigo, I Got It Bad and It Don't Mean A Thing with Iggi Pop; I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues with Sharon Jones and Caravan with Iranian singer Sussan Deyhim performed in Farsi, also Perdido with Lilian Vieira and the Brazilian/Dutch collective Zuco 103.
Instrumental versions of Isfahan, Rockin' in Rhythm, The Mooche and Black and Tan Fantasy are also included.
Jo Kloprogge

I came upon the DEMS Bulletin web site as I was doing some work for a project I’m working on. It’s an album called The Duke, by Joe Jackson. It’s something that Joe wanted to do to pay tribute to someone that he adores and admires, Duke Ellington, and he wrote the liner notes in the CD booklet himself talking about his appreciation of the music.
As a group who has a love for the original, I’m not sure how you feel about tributes, but I wanted to let you know about it anyway. It’s really a very cool record, and I would love to know what you and your members think about it. If you are interested in receiving a copy, let me know, and I’ll send you one digitally. If you like it, maybe you can include it in a monthly newsletter or post.
Bob Hoch

Since I am personally not a fan of Joe Jackson, I invite the first person to respond to this news to write a review of this CD for DEMS Bulletin. I will give the address of Bob Hoch to contact him for receiving the digital copy.
Sjef Hoefsmit


Laurent Mignard and the Duke Orchestra
"Ellington French Touch"
Just Une Trace 88691952912

DEMS 12/2-19

See DEMS 12/1-40

If you have a problem finding this CD at your regular supplier, you can order one directly from Laurent Mignard at
If you want to listen to and to watch a lot of small parts of the concert, you should go to


The New DESOR corrections

DEMS 12/2-20

We remind you that these corrections are merely suggestions. They are not (yet) accepted by the authors of the New DESOR.


Page 143. 5Dec46 shows Hiawatha as movement 2 of the suite and Minnehaha as movement 1.
This differs from the Musicraft 464 Star Series label which shows Hiawatha as Part I. See

and the Parlophone R.3088 label which shows Minnehaha as Part 2. See

See also the Musicraft listing at at Catalogue number 461.

I suspect Ellington intended Minnehaha to be Part 1, since New DESOR shows he played it before Hiawatha in a couple of concerts, but ...
Has this been commented on in the DEMS bulletins? I couldn't find anything, but my search engine doesn't search the PDF files very well.
David Palmquist

No this matter has not been discussed in one of the DEMS Bulletins. You are right. Minnehaha was always played before Hiawatha. I think however that The New DESOR respected the ASCAP copyright list in which also Minnehaha  came first.

Page 150. The 29Sep47 personnel list includes AH (Al Hibbler) but I think he was out of the band this month. The track listing shows WH (Woody Herman) as the vocalist. The record label for the Argentina Columbia pressing of Rumba Vaquera (Cowboy Rhumba) names Herman too. See
David Palmquist

Page 246. A discussion on Duke-LYM with Augustin Perez Gasco made it clear that there were two concerts at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi on 22Jan58 and none on the 20th. Session 5801 should be documented as being the first concert on the 22th.
Ulf Lundin

Page 570. If you go to Wolfgang's Vault <> you will find a concert at the Municipal Auditorium New Orleans of 25Apr70. I have downloaded that concert and I have compared the corresponding titles with the so called second set at the Al Hirt Club on 23Apr70, in The New DESOR documented as session 7033. They are identical. The second set at the Al Hirt Club should be deleted and the old recording 7033 should be combined with the downloaded recording from Wolfgang's Vault into a new session at the Municipal Auditorium on 25Apr70.
Sjef Hoefsmit

Page 1385. 0532 Music Masters "The Great Chicago Concerts" 65110-2. A discussion on the Duke-LYM list made it clear that from track 1-15 Ride Red Ride, the second chorus is omitted.

Correction-sheet 1088, 2nd edition and Correction-sheet 3029. On "The Last Jam Session" DVD, New Desor Disk 0915, between DE9068y and DE9068z, DE plays the piano introduction to Hello, Dolly (similar to DE7226b from the "Cool Rock" CD).
Brian Koller

Correction-sheet 3033, the listing for DVD 0928, "Reminiscing in Tempo
omits Track 018, Stormy Monday Blues.
Brian Koller

The New DESOR correction-sheets

Here are the latest additions to the Correction-sheets:

DEMS 12/2-21


  1108   9098  Stockholm , 1st    6Feb63  12/1-8
         6650  Los Angeles      26Jun66

  1109   6315  Stockholm , 2nd    6Feb63  12/1-9
         9102  NYC              30Jul63  12/1-13

  1110   6419  Göteborg          11Mar64  12/1-6
         9101  Uniondale, NY     8Jul73  11/2-3

  1111   6954  Berlin            8Nov69  12/1-12

  1112   7052  Göteborg , 2nd     8Jul70  12/1-11

  1113/1 6613  Stockholm, 1st    7Feb66  12/1-10

as soon as there are more sessions for 1113/1 the sheet will be
updated. The number will change into 1113.

  3033   1932-1940      cont. Mosaic MD11-248   10/3-5
         6915 Ellington 59       Fairmont 107   11/2-4
         Memories of Duke        MVD WNRD-2197   11/2-5
         Reminiscing in Tempo       MVD 5071D   11/2-5

  3034   6650     Guthy Renker Ent. DVCOV-022
         6650               Time Life 26410-X
         4578/4581                DETS Vol.14   05/3-47
         4584/4312/4321/4588      DETS Vol.15   11/2-16

  3035   5205            Hep Records CD-92/93   12/1-36
         6736               Jazz House 101703   12/1-38

Small Corrections

5015 - Two pages with small corrections,
assembled April 2011, from page XXV until and including 1497 (see 11/1-29);
assembled August 2011, from page XXV until and including 1466 (see 11/2-20); assembled April 2012, from page 281 until and including 909 (see 12/1-43).


DESOR small corrections

DEMS 12/2-22

These corrections are authorised by Luciano Massagli and Giovanni Volonté.

DESOR small corrections 5016

Volume 1 (Corrections August 2012)

XXIV - GRE … Guthy Renker Entertainment

XXIV - HEP … HEP records (12/1-36)

XXIV - JH … Jazz House (12/1-38)

XXVI - UAc … United Archives

136 - Session 4627 (a,b&c). Delete: unissued; add: UAc NUA-07.

180 - Or on Correction-sheet 1038, Session 5205, 22Mar52.
Add in NOTE - The correct sequence of the titles is:
e,f,g,h,i - o,p,q,r,s - j,k,l,m,n - t,u,v,w,x - a,b,c,d,xa - y,z,aa,ab,ac,ad (12-1-36)

349 - Add session 9102, 30Jul63 Today Show.
Correction-sheet 1109. (12/1-13)

417 - Replace session 6613 with an updated version of this concert on Correction-sheet 1113. (12/1-10)

433 - Session 6650, 26Jun66. The show is released on DVDs see
Correction-sheet 1108.

446 - Session 6679, 16Nov66 2nd concert. Delete this session and add the titles from 6679a to 6679d at the end of session 6678. Or change "1st concert" on page 445 and on Corrcction-sheet 1066 into "1st part of the concert" and change "2nd concert" on page 446 into "2nd part of the concert.

Volume 2 (Corrections August 2012)

740 - Back Home Again in Indiana. 4539b: CA instead of RS. (12/2-10)

938 - In a Mellow Tone. 4530r, add: RS instead of RN.
4576f: the soloist is CA instead of RS.
4585b, add: RS instead of CA. (12/2-10)

987 - La Plus Belle Africaine. 6736k, Delete: pas68HC,2DE;20°IDE,%;
add: pas70HC,2DE;20°IDE&RJ;21°IIBAND&RJ;
22°/23°IDE-JL;24°/35°IJHa;cod4JL. (12/1-38)

1089 - Ring dem Bells. 4555l: 7°/8°RS instead of 7°/8°RN.

1160 - Stompy Jones. 4540s: the soloist is TJ instead of RN.
4586b: the soloist is TJ instead of RS. (12/2-10)

1192 - Take the "A" Train. 6736a.
Delete: 1°%,31BAND;cod2BAND. Add: Same as 6029a. (12/1-38)

1349 - Add: 0932 and 0933 CDs. DETS 9039014/15.
Correction-sheet 3034. (05/3-47 and 11/2-16)

1363 - Add: 0930 DVD. Guthy Renker Entertainment DVCOV-022
Correction-sheet 3034.

1363 - Add: 0934 CD (2 discs). HEP Records CD-92/93.
Correction-sheet 3035. (12/1-36)

1368 - Add: 0935 CD. Jazz House 101703 (12/1-38)

1423 - Add: 0931 DVD (6 discs). Time-Life 26410-X.
Correction-sheet 3034.

1425 - Add: 0937 CD (5 discs). United Archives NUA-7.
Correction-sheet 3035.

1442 - Ballard, Butch Dec 26, 1918 - Oct 1, 2011. (12/1-3)

1442 - Barboteu, Georges Apr 1, 1924 - Sep 30, 2006.

1445 - Blair, John Nov 8, 1943 - Jun 3, 2006.

1445 - Bohannon, Hoyt May22, 1918 - Dec 20, 1990.

1446 - Breuer, Harry Oct 24, 1901 - Jun 27, 1989.

1448 - Bryant, Marie Nov 6, 1917 - May 23, 1978.

1448 - Bullock, Chick Sep 16, 1898 - Sep 15, 1981.

1455 - Davis, Kay Dec 5, 1920 - Jan 27, 2012.

1459 - Ellis, Herb Aug 4, 1921 - Mar 28, 2010.

1465 - Grey, "Al" Jun 6 1925 - Mar 24, 2000.

1465 - Griffin, Merv Jul6, 1925 - Aug 12, 2007.

1471 - Jackson, Chubby Oct 25, 1918 - Oct 1- 2003.

1478 - Marsh, "Skeets" 1927 - Oct 11, 1989.

1484 - Norton, June Oct 19, 1924 - Oct 30, 2004. (12/1-1)

1490 - Rogers, Timmie Jul 4, 1915 - Dec 17, 2006.

1496 - Sublett, John Feb19, 1902 - May 18, 1986.

1496 - Tate, Grady Jan 14, 1932 - Mar 5, 1993.

Correction-sheet 1002 - Session 9004, 11Apr32,
Publix instead of Pubyx.

Correction-sheet 3003. RCA Centennial box. 09026-63386-2.
Ready Eddy: tracks J24 and K03 are both 4035l instead of 4035i. (11/2-18)

Correction-sheet 4002 - Gourley, Jimmy Jun 9, 1926 - Dec 7, 2008.