Duke Ellington’s 70th Birthday Concert


70th Birthday Concert is a live album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington recorded in England recorded at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England and originally released on the Solid State label in 1970. The album was later reissued on CD on the Blue Note label in 1995.

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70th Birthday Concert

Duke Ellington

Side One

Rockin’ in Rhythm
B.P.
Take the “A” Train
Tootie for Cootie

Side Two

4:30 Blues
El Gato
Black Butterfly
Things Ain’t What They Used to Be
Laying on Mellow

Side Three

Satin Doll
Azure Te (Paris Blues)
In Triplicate
Perdido
Fife

Side Four

Medley: Prelude to a Kiss / I’m Just a Lucky So and So / I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart / Do Nothin’ til You Hear from Me / Just Squeeze Me / Don’t Get Around Much Anymore / Mood Indigo / Sophisticated Lady / Caravan
Black Swan
Closing Speech – End of Concert

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One Night Stand With The Duke’s Return To The Zanzibar


When you think of jazz, a few names come to mind, but Duke Ellington is definitely in there. Since his name is synonymous with the genre, I figured we’d focus on some of the many memorials and tributes to the legend.

Numerous memorials have been dedicated to Duke Ellington, in cities from New York and Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles. In his birthplace, Washington, D.C., there are many different memorials, foundations and tributes:

  • The Duke Ellington School of the Arts educates talented students by providing intensive arts instruction and strong academic programs that prepare students for post-secondary education and professional careers
  • Built in 1935, the Calvert Street Bridge was renamed the Duke Ellington Bridge in 1974
  • In 2010 the triangular park, across the street from his birth site, at the intersection of New Hampshire and M Streets, NW was named the Duke Ellington Park
  • Ellington’s residence at 2728 Sherman Avenue, NW, during the years 1919-1922, is also marked by a bronze plaque
  • West 106th Street was officially renamed Duke Ellington Boulevard after his death. Ellington had lived for years in a townhouse on the corner of Manhattan’s Riverside Drive and West 106th Street

Outside his hometown, a large memorial to Ellington, created by sculptor Robert Graham, was dedicated in 1997 in New York’s Central Park, near Fifth Avenue and 110th Street, an intersection named Duke Ellington Circle.

On February 24, 2009, the United States Mint launched a new coin featuring Duke Ellington, making him the first African American to appear by himself on a circulating U.S. coin. Ellington appears on the reverse (“tails”) side of the District of Columbia quarter The coin is part of the U.S. Mint’s program honoring the District and the U.S. territories. Ellington is depicted on the quarter seated at a piano, sheet music in hand, along with the inscription “Justice for All”, which is the District’s motto.

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One Night Stand with The Duke’s Return to the Zanzibar

Duke Ellington

Side One

As Long as I Live
9:20 Special
The Wonder of You
Walkin’ with My Honey
Three Cent Stomp
Don’t Take Your Love from Me
Courting Session

Side Two

Emancipation Celebration
Let the Zoomers Drool
Love Letters
Main Stem
Fishing for the Moon
Riff ‘N’ Drill
The Kissing Bug

 

More Hits Of The ’50s And ’60s From Count Basie And His Orchestra


I was looking for something about this Basie album, but it’s basically just lumped into the pre-Pablo time frame on the orchestra’s discography page (yeah, Wikipedia again, of course). Nothing really of note happened with the band around the time this was released (1963) besides constant touring, promotions, you know, the usual, but Basie did notably perform at one of JFK’s Inaugural Balls (1960).

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More Hits of the ’50s and ’60s

Count Basie

Side One

The Second Time Around
Hey, Jealous Lover
I’ll Never Smile Again
Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night in the Week)
This Love of Mine
I Thought About You

Side Two

In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
Come Fly with Me
On the Road to Mandalay
Only the Lonely
South of the Boarder (Down Mexico Way)
All of Me

Pearl Bailey And Cootie Williams Orchestra


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Side One

My Old Flame
Sweet Lorraine

Side Two

Now I Know
Tess’s Torch Song


 

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Basie Big Band


Another Basie! It seems every time we go to the record store, another album from his discography pops up.

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Basie Big Band

Count Basie

Side One

Front Burner
Freckle Face
Orange Sherbet
Soft as Velvet
The Heat’s On

Side Two

Midnight Freight
Give ‘M Time
The Wind Machine
Tall Cotton

Basie Plays Hefti


Basie is one of the roomie’s favorite artists and it’s funny how his interests in music can somehow trace back to my dad. One of my dad’s favorite movies was Blazing Saddles and Basie appeared in the movie! My father must have made me watch the movie a million times, yet I don’t remember Basie’s scene since it’s been about a decade since I’ve watched the movie.

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Basie Plays Hefti

Count Basie

Side One

Has Anyone Here Seen Basie
Cute
Pensive Miss
Sloo Foot
It’s Awf’ly Nice to be with You

Side Two

Scoot
A Little Tempo, Please
Late Date
Count Down
Bag-A’ Bones
Pony Tail

Count Basie Orchestra’s High Voltage


My previous posts have mostly focused on Basie himself, but since the Count Basie Orchestra was one of his main projects, I figured it’d be nice to focus primarily on them for a bit.

The Count Basie Orchestra is a 16 to 18 piece big band. They were one of the most prominent jazz performing groups of the swing era, founded by Count Basie in 1935 and recording regularly from 1936. Despite a brief disbandment at the beginning of the 1950s, the band survived long past the Big Band era itself and the death of Basie in 1984. It continues as a ‘ghost band’.

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High Voltage (Basie Basie Vol. 2)

Count Basie Orchestra

Side One

Chicago
Have You Met Miss Jones
The Lady is a Tramp
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
Bewitched
Day In Day Out

Side Two

Get Me to the Church on Time
When Sonny Gets Blue
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Together
If I Were a Bell
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was

I’m Back With Basie


So many Basie albums lately! And I know Mr. Richard has more set aside at the record store for us to pick up. Basie’s albums are quickly becoming part of our Sunday morning tradition of listening to music, being a bit lazy and sipping on good coffee.

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Back with Basie

Count Basie

Side One

Peppermint Pipes
Thanks for the Ride
The Elder
Summer Frost
The Touch of Your Lips

Side Two

Bluish Grey
One Note Samba
I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good
Matte Jersey
Red Hot Mama