Duke Ellington in Cathedral of Saint John the Divine - 19 January, 1968

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 299:

[The Cathedral of St John’s the Divine, NY] is reputed to be the biggest cathedral in the world, and it was packed with over seven thousand people on January 19 [1968]. They gave us a wonderful reception [of the Sacred Caoncert] and their excitement as two companies of dancers swung down the aisle in the finale, "Praise God and Dance," was tremendous. I had persuaded Alice Babs to come over from Stockholm, and her superb interpretations of "Almighty God Has Those Angels," "Heaven," and "T.G.T.T." enchanted everyone. The complete confidence I had in her was more than justified. Not only did …   more >>
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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 299. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429708775185 accessed: 24 April, 2024

location of experience: Cathedral of Saint John the Divine


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

Experience Information

Date/Time 19 January, 1968
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Duke Ellington comments that ' "T.G.T.T" means "Too Good to Title", because it violates conformity in the same way, we like to think, that Jesus Christ did. The phrases never end on the note you think they will. It is a piece even instrumentalists have trouble with'.

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:19:35 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:56:29 +0100