DUKE ELLINGTON MUSIC SOCIETY
10/1 April - July 2010
Our 32nd Year of Publication
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Duke in Spain
See DEMS 09/3-9
I have read in the last Bulletin the dates and location of Duke's concerts in Spain. I can confirm all of the concerts that were mentioned. I have proof.
I can add:
24Feb66 -"Noches del Sabado" Telecast recording at TVE studios. Prado del Rey. Madrid
22Nov69 - One concert. Auditorium. Palma de Mallorca
24Nov69 - Sacred Concert at 10:45. Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar. Barcelona
Jordi Navas Ferrer
The Disney Strikers
Another addition to (or detailed confirmation of) Duke's Itinerary was sent to DEMS by Andrew Homzy. The auction might be over, but the information is interesting:
"Up for auction is this VERY RARE mimeograph document sent to the striking Disney artists from their union, 'The Screen Cartoon Guild'.
The strike started on May 29, 1941 after Disney fired animator Art Babbitt. It ended about 5 weeks later. The fight over the employee's choice to join the union was bitterly fought on both sides. At the time, Duke Ellington had a show at the MAYAN theater in Los Angeles. On July 15, 1941 he did a performance with a dinner party for the benefit of the striking Disney artists. This was how the union members were notified about the show.
My guess is that there are fewer then 3 of these memos that still exist and in this case it is entirely PROBABLE that this is the ONLY one! The document is complete in one page and is in NEAR MINT condition."
Too many sessions on 7Sep43.
See DEMS 09/3-2
We have already two broadcasts on 7Sep43: a CBS broadcast documented in The New DESOR as 4348 and a WHN broadcast, 4349. To accept the date of 7Sep43 also for the recordings on the Timme Rosenkrantz acetates 2-2-A and 2-2-B is a bit too much. Since we hear (between Day Dream and West Indian Dance) that Duke had had a nice Labor Day weekend, I suggest that we date this session (acetates 2-2-A and -B) to 8Sep43. Labor Day (the first Monday in September) was in 1943 on the 7th.
While what you suggest makes good sense, the question raises other niggling issues. Stratemann (p242) states that Mondays were the Ellington Orchestra’s night off at the Hurricane. A few lines further on he says that the first band to sub for them on their night off, a Coleman Hawkins group, began on 3 April. 3 April was a Saturday in 1943. The first Monday of the Ellington residency at the Hurricane was 5 April. Had the arrangement for the Ellington Orchestra’s night off changed by September?