Duke Ellington Orchestra British Tour – July 1933 004
Pages 6 and 7 of a Duke Ellington concert programme, for Ellington's tour of the United Kingdom presented by Melody Maker, 1933. Page 7 features profiles for each of Duke Ellington's brass section, with an advert for Lafleur's on page 6.
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SAXOPHONES TRUMPETS & TROMBONES
SAXOPHONES TRUMPETS & TROMBONES AJAX PERCUSSION
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J. R. LAFLEUR & SON LTD., 8 & 10, DENMAN STREET, PICCADILLY CIRCUS, LONDON, W.1.
THE BRASS SECTION.
1905 in Florida. Was with the original Ellington band which originated from Elmer Snowdenâs five-piece combination. Was also previously with Claude Hopkins, who, like Ellington, was a native of Washington. Whetsel specialises in the muted solo playing which so often characterises the statements of Ellingtonâs more wistful themes. (Front Row, right.)
TRUMPET. Charles Williams, born 1908 in Mobile, Alabama, is more generally known as â Cooty.â He joined Ellingtonâs band to replace Bubber Miley in 1929. Duke engaged him while he was under notice with Fletcher Hendersonâs band, in which, strangely enough, he was playing first trumpet. â Cooty â closely resembles Miley in his playing, which is full of â growls â and closely muted â blue â solo passages. Has been known to sing but has so far failed to learn the words of any song whatever, confining his utterances to the rather melancholy sounds to be heard in Ring Dem Bells and La^y Rhapsody. Front Row, centre.)
TRUMPET.âFreddy Jenkins, born
1906 in New York. Formerly with Horace Hendersonâs orchestra and once had his own band. His playing forms a vivid contrast with that of â Cooty.â
As a soloist he has great vitality and a beautiful â open â tone.
Off the stand he is something of
a comic, hut there is much in his work that reflects his irrepressible natureand high spirits. Is nicknamed â Posy â on account of his tendency to pose deliberately for photographs. (Front Row,.left.)
TROMBONE. â Joseph Nanton, born in New York, 1904, will be a strange name to many, for this player is known almost exclusively as plainâTricky Sam.â âTrickyâ was one of the earliest members of the Ellington orchestra and there have been few records made by the band in which we have not heard his âdirtyâ toneâproduced by a very closely muted instrument with a rubber cup over the bell. â Tricky Sam â is as much as anybody part and parcel of the Ellington organisation ; his solo work is an object lesson in the economy of means, for he plays very few notes, concentrating rather upon well-placed accents and the variation of tone which he produces by moving the rubber cup which covers the mute.
(Back Row, left.)
TROMBONE.âLawrence Brown was born at Topeka, Kansas, in 1907. Brown, who joined the band last year, differs in every respect from âTrickyâ as a trombone player, his individual forte being florid solo passages allied to a carefully cultivated open tone which is at its most effective in purely melodic compositions such as Sophisticated Lady and some of Ellingtonâs more richly scored tunes. (Back Row, right).
TROMBONE.âJuan Tisol hails from Porto Rico, where he was born in 1900. Plays exclusively upon a valve trombone which permits of greater agility and ease in playing third trombone parts which occur in the lower register. He does not confine himself entirely to a modest part in the ensemble, however, for he occasionally plays lead, as in the trombone duet in Creole Rhapsody. (Tisol, incidentally, has exceedingly beautiful musical handwritingâSpike Hughes.)
(Back Row, centre.)
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