Duke Ellington in New York City - mid 20th Century

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 89:

The Washingtonians were different in several ways. We paid quite a lot of attention to our appearance [in New York]… [Arthur] Whetsol’s tonal character [on the trumpet], fragile and genteel, was an important element in our music. As a result of playing all those society dances in Washington, we had learned to play softly, what is sometimes known as under-conversation music. [Otto Hardwick] also contributed much to this by playing sweet and straight on his C-melody saxophone.
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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 89. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429105282168 accessed: 27 May, 2024

location of experience: New York City


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

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under conversation music performed by The Washingtonians

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:41:22 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:21:57 +0100