Duke Ellington Orchestra British Tour – February 1964 008
Pages 12 and 13 of a programme for Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra's tour of Britain, 1964. Page 12 concludes the profile of his career, with some of his famous quotes, and a list of his band members performing with him. Page 13 ffeatures a large advert for Melody Maker.
|Catalogue Reference Number||NJA/PRO/8|
|Creator||Jack Higgins, Benny Green, Eric Jelly|
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|Event Date||February 1964|
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ï»¿I believe that Duke Ellington is a great musician. I believe also that he knows it. If he doesnât, then it is time somebody told him. And despite the lionising, the whimsical charm he turns on the world, despite everything he has achieved,
I suspect he is fundamentally a modest man, in the sense that he likes to get on with his job instead of talking about it. He has said more than once that the main reason for keeping an orchestra together for nearly forty years is so that he can hear how his music sounds without having to wait around until somebody else decides to play it. His orchestra is an extension of himself. Out of it comes his own personality, colourful, brilliant, sensitive, essentially graceful and yet at the same time vigorous. The next best thing to hearing his music is to listen to him talk. Some of his better-known quotes capture something of the man.
â Skill is a wonderful thing to have if and when the four points convergeâbeing at the right place, doing the right thing, before the right people, at the right time."
â I'm so damned fickle. I never could stick with what I was doing. Always wanted to try something new."
â Though Lady Macbeth was of noble birth, we suspect there was a little ragtime in her soul."
â Hamlet was trying to make people believe he was crazyâand in those days crazy didnât mean the same thing it means now."
' â I may be a heel, but I hate for people to think so.â
" / love you madly."
â Every guy would try to tell a bigger lie than the last one, and that's where Sonny Greer showed us what he was made of. He always carried off all honours."
â Lippy had heard so much piano he couldn't play any more. He only thought piano.
â Bubber Miley was very temperamental, and liked his liquor. He used to get under the piano and go to sleep when he felt like it. In fact, all our hornblowers were lushies, and I used to have to go around and get them out of bed to see they got to work."
â I'm not worried about creating music for posterity. I just want it to sound good right now."
â . . . men like Sticky Mack, Doc Perry, James P. Johnson and Willie The Lion Smith. They did things technically you wouldnât believe."
â Jelly Roll Morton played piano like one of those high school teachers in Washington; as a matter of fact, high school teachers played better
â If I recall certain events and pay tribute to certain beautiful people, / may be unconsciously offending certain other beautiful people.
â When I did Monologue I had the whole audience gigglingâand, believe me, itâs quite impressive to hear 125,000 people giggling."
DUKE ELLINGTON leader/piano
CAT ANDERSON trumpet
HERBIE JONES trumpet
ROLF ERICKSON trumpet
COOTIE WILLIAMS trumpet
LAWRENCE BROWN trombone
BUSTER COOPER trombone
CHUCK CONNORS trombone
JOHNNY HODGES alto sax/soprano sax
PAUL GONSALVES tenor sax
JIMMY HAMILTON tenor sax/clarinet
RUSSELL PROCOPE alto sax/clarinet
HARRY CARNEY baritone sax/bass clarinet
SAM WOODYARD drums
ERNIE SHEPHARD bass
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