Ellington at Berlin Philharmonic

Duke Ellington Orchestra

Berlin, 1970

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Duke Ellington’s Orchestra perform a 1970 concert in Germany at the Berlin Philharmonic.

Personnel:

Duke Ellington, piano & leader
Russell Procope, clarinet
Cootie Williams, trumpet
Money Johnson, trumpet & vocals
Harold Ashby, tenor sax
Paul Gonsalves, tenor sax
Norris Turney, tenor sax
Harry Carney, alto & bass sax

Set List:

1 “Things Are Not What They Used To Be”
2 “Mood Indigo”
3 “Mack The Knife”
4 “Don’t Get Around Much Any More”
5 “Triplicate”
6 “Happy Reunion”
7 “Take The A Train”

This concert, filmed a couple of years after he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra, prominently features the playing of the Ellington’s last star tenor saxophonist Harold Ashby.

He remained with the band for around a year following Duke’s death in May 1974 under the direction Ellington’s son Mercer.
 

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