Tag Archives: Jazz
A look at the music of Ben Webster after his tenure with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Continue reading
The addition of Ben Webster in 1940 permanently brought Ellington’s saxophone section to five members. But Webster’s tenor voice was to impact the band far beyond his four year tenure. Continue reading
Ellington was commissioned
by the American Ballet Theatre to write a ballet, which became “The River” in 1970.
Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp and others interpret Ellington’s music. Continue reading
Celebrating the 100th birth anniversaries of Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie through their connections with Duke Ellington. Continue reading
New Orleanian Barney Bigard joined the Ellington band in December 1927 and left in 1942 after tiring of life on the road. Continue reading
Cootie Williams starts his own big band after a year long stint with Benny Goodman.