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Duke Ellington Orchestra British Tour – July 1933 008

Page 14 and 15 of a Duke Ellington concert programme, for Ellington's tour of the United Kingdom presented by Melody Maker, 1933. Page 15 begins a profile of all the songs to be played at the concert, written by Melody Maker music critic "Mike". Page 14 features an advert for Duke Ellington records from HMV.

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Catalogue Reference Number NJA/PRO/7
Creator Mike
Date Made 1933
Item Format Programme
Title or Caption Notes on the Items
Event Date 1933

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Hot Feet. F.T. (V.R.) - -Blues I love to sing. F.T. (V.R.) - \ B6343 -1 2/6
Swanee Shuffle. F.T. - -Jungle Nights in Harlem. F.T. -1 B6328 -j a/6
Sweet Dreams of Love. F.T. -Double Check Stomp - - -1 B6277 -j 2/6
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(In compiling the following programme notes I am indebted in several instances to Spike Hughes for his assistance, Mr. Hughes is responsible for the passages signed “ H,” which mostly concern those compositions by Duke Ellington which have not yet been heard in Europe in any form.)
Those numbers which are already familiar to listeners from my reviews have been mentioned only with the date of composition attached.
1. Old Man Blues was written by Duke Ellington in 1930 for the talking picture “ Check and Double Check ” in which he and his orchestra were featured with Amos ’n’ Andy, famous American radio team. A more suitable opening number to this concert could hardly have been chosen, for the fanfare-like introduction serves at once to create a festive atmosphere as well as to draw attention to that remarkable and exciting machine—the Ellington brass section.
Old Man Blues represents Duke Ellington in his most gay and lively mood, employing every orchestral colour at his disposal. This piece is an excellent vehicle for the individual musicians of the band to show off their paces, as
well as providing the ensemble with some peculiarly Ellington scoring.
2. Etrhoes of the Jungle dates from 1931. This is a direct contrast to Old Man Blues. Where the first composition is definitely allegro, this is andante ; where Old Alan Blues is gay, Echoes of the Jungle is melancholy ; where in the former work the scoring is full and brilliant, the latter is particularly remarkable for the extremely economical use made of the orchestra. The instrumental texture is simple, clear and well defined. Full use is made of the brass section, now open, now muted, now in “ derbies.” The variety of tone colour produced from the six brass instruments is unusual and typical.
3. The Duke Steps Out was written in 1928 while Duke Ellington and his band were featured in “ Show Girl.” Albertina Rasch, who may be called the super-Tiller Girl of America, asked Duke for a number for one of her dance routines in that production. The Duke Steps Out was what Mme. Rasch received; it is related that she did not know what it was all about. If you have ever seen Albertina Rasch’s attempts to be at all rhythmic
in her dance routines you will not be surprised to hear that The Duke Steps Out went a little over her head.—H.
4. The Mooche is one of Ellington’s earliest and most powerful works, dating from 1926 and about which I have already written at great length.
5. Lightnin’, Duke Ellington’s first experiment in poly tonality, was written in 1932 during a long cross-country train journey while the Duke and his Orchestra were touring the States. Lightninhowever, is in no way meant to suggest a train-journey in music, although there is about it something of the excitement of an express train hurtling along.
6. Alood Indigo, apart from being possibly the best known of Duke Ellington’s pieces in the blues vein, is also one of the most popular. Alood Indigo was written in 1930, and is perhaps the supreme example of Ellington’s gift of melody and his light, delicate touch in orchestration.
7. Ev’ry Tub is an abbreviation for “ Every tub sits on its own bottom,” which is an American equivalent for “ Every man for himself.” This is one of Ellington’s most recent com-