Duke Ellington Orchestra British Tour – July 1933 012
Pages 22 and 23 of a Duke Ellington concert programme, for Ellington's tour of the United Kingdom presented by Melody Maker, 1933. Page 23 features a letter from Irving Mills, manager of the Duke Ellington orchestra.
|Catalogue Reference Number||NJA/PRO/7|
|Title or Caption||Says: Thank You Everyone|
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ï»¿DO YOU WANT TO PLAY
HERES YOUR CHANCE
SPECIAL HOTâ ORCHESTRATIONS
BY AMERICA'S FOREMOST ARRANGERS
MUSIC HATH CHARMS âNEATH THE HARLEM MOON YEAH, MAN HOW CAN I HI-PE-HI ?
LOW DOWN UPON THE HARLEM RIVER
ORCHESTRATIONS 3'- EACH, NETT.
SPECIAL OFFER ORCHESTRATIONS 10'-
WRITE FOR PARTICULARS OF OUR ORCHESTRAL CLUB.
âVICTORIA 52, Maddox St., London, W.1
Manager of Duke Ellingtonâs Orchestra
SAYS: âTHANK YOU, EVERYONEâ
I WAS over three thousand miles away when Jack Hylton made his definite proposition to me to bring Duke Ellington and his Band to Great Britain. An earlier visit to your friendly country had partly convinced me that if ever an offer was made for our services then the risk might be warranted.
Jack Hylton more than confiimed my views for I cancelled several important engagements in the United States and brought the band and its supporting acts across the Atlantic. When Jack Hylton greeted us on the Olympic at Southampton, he was able to relieve our anxiety as to what fate awaited us at the hands of the British public.
When the curtain rang down after our first performance at the London Palladium, the last shreds of doubt gave way to a feeling of complete achievement. We had more than realised those wild hopes of success which had sustained us during our voyage from New York.
It is obvious therefore that Duke Ellington, the company and myself have the warmest regard for the people of the British Isles, at whose hands our reception has been so wonderfully friendly ; and, in particular, do I affirm our feeling of profound respect and gratitude to Jack Hylton, who has sponsored us and introduced us to British music lovers.
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