Ellington At Work

Ellington Cote d'Azur

Lester Perkins, the proprietor of Jazz On The Tube, sent an alert to a rare opportunity to watch and listen to Duke Ellington rehearsing a new piece. This was on the French Cote d’Azur in 1966. We see glimpses of Paul Gonsalves, Russell Procope, Cat Anderson, Buster Cooper, Jimmy Hamilton and the other members of the ’66 band, even one of Tom Whaley, Ellington's indispensable arranger and copyist (at :37). The video clip melds smoothly from rehearsal into performance and features chorus after … [Read more...]