Duke Ellington in New York City - early 20th Century

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 437:

[Louis] Armstrong had been to New York to play with Fletcher Henderson, who had one of the best dance bands of the period. It was bigger than the usual New Orleans group, and because it had more instruments written arrangements were necessary. There were three trumpets, a trombone, and three saxophones, and it was not possible for all these men to memorize or merely improvise their different parts as was done in New Orleans. So Henderson and his chief arranger, Don Redman, both schooled musicians, wrote the music for the band to play, leaving gaps or choruses for improvisation. The rhythmic …   more >>
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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 437. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1430227524622 accessed: 21 February, 2024

location of experience: New York City


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

Listening to

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Big Band swing era music
written by Glenn Miller
performed by Louis Armstrong

Experience Information

Date/Time early 20th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:25:24 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:06:58 +0100