Duke Ellington - the 1930's

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 163:

After he had made a record date with us in 1935, I always had a yen for Ben [Webster]. So as soon as we thought we could afford him, we added him on, which gave us a five-piece saxophone section for the first time. Although Barney Bigard used to play tenor saxophone, clarinet was his main instrument, so Ben Webster was really our first tenor specialist and soloist. His splendid performances on "Cottontail," "Conga Brava," "All Too Soon," "Just a-Settin' and a-Rockin'," and "What Am I Here For?" were a sensation everywhere, and he soon became a big asset to the band. His enthusiasm and drive…   more >>

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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 163. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429382332618 accessed: 20 June, 2024


Duke Ellington
lyricist, performer, piantist, Composer […]

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1930's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:38:52 +0100
Approved on Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:31:26 +0100