Tribute To Duke Ellington – 1974

Duke Ellington

A posthumous tribute to the masterful arranger-composer-bandleader-pianist

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Shortly after Duke Ellington passed away in 1974, CBS News paid tribute to the superb and innovative musician with a special half-hour program.

First Ellington is seen in 1962 leading his orchestra through a hits medley of “Satin Doll,” “Solitude,” “Mood Indigo” (featuring clarinetist Russell Procope) and “Sophisticated Lad”; the latter is climaxed by baritonist Harry Carney holding an endless long note via circular breathing.

The music is followed by a discussion featuring Sonny Greer, Russell Procope, Billy Taylor and Stanley Dance reminiscing about Ellington, his personality and his music.

Ella Fitzgerald is also featured in a short interview about Duke before the program closes with Ellington in 1973 telling a story and taking well-deserved bows.

-Scott Yanow


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