Duke Ellington in Newport Jazz Festival - 1956

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 242:

[Drummer Sam Woodyard] was one of three heroes whose performance lifted an exhausted audience around two o'clock in the morning at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, when policemen were stalking, stomping, and threatening a curfew two hours too late. George Wein was walking up and down in front of the stage, walking in time to the music, with his face serious on the police side and smiling on our side. Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy Woode, and Sam Woodyard lifted that stone-cold audience up to a fiery, frenzied, screeching, dancing climax that was never to be forgotten. One lovely society matron broke …   more >>
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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 242. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429611254732 accessed: 16 July, 2024

location of experience: Newport Jazz Festival


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

Listening to

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jazz (, performance of)
written by Miles Davis, Richard Rodgers
performed by Sam Woodyard

Experience Information

Date/Time 1956
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:14:14 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:48:28 +0100