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Reflections on the many facets of the world of Duke Ellington, sometimes referred to as “Ellingtonia.”
 
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These are recordings of Dr. Scott Ellington's Sunday school class at Mountain West Church, Stone Mountain, Georgia.
 
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https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/portrait-of-ella-fitzgerald-podcast.mp3Ella Fitzgerald is a great philanthropist. She gives so generously of her talent, not only to the public, but to the composers whose works she performs. Her artistry always brings to mind the words of the Maestro, Mr. Toscanini, who said concer ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/podcast-18-016-rev-1.mp3“According to biographer Charles Delaunay, when Reinhardt mounted the stage to rehearse with Duke Ellington on November 18, 1946, in Cleveland, Ohio, the Duke asked him what Key the tune was in. Django told him that he didn’t understand what the word “Key” me ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/greatest-hits-podcast.mp3“We’d like to remind you that you’re very beautiful, very sweet, very gracious, very generous and we do love you madly.” -Duke Ellington The recordings heard on this podcast episode: Medley/Ellington Final Speech (CD: “Duke Ellington’s 70th Birthday Concert” ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/podcast.mp3 “I loved and respected Louis Armstrong. He was born poor, died rich, and never hurt anyone on the way. -Duke Ellington, Music is my Mistress Finale of a 1959 Timex Jazz Special: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Paul Gonsalves, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldrid ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/podcast-18-0131.mp3 ……[M]y mother decided I should take piano lessons. My piano teacher, Mrs. Clinkscales (that was really her name), got paid several times a week for many weeks for these lessons, but I missed more than I took, because of my enthusiasm for playing ball, and running ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/portrait-of-al-hibbler.mp3 “It was much easier than I thought it would be for Hib to learn songs, but that was because he has ears that see, and so miracles happened. He learned song after song, and soon he was our major asset — truly a profitable investment, both dollar-wise and fo ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/podcast-18-011.mp3 Most Duke Ellington tribute concerts and recordings rely on just a handful of his compositions (Mood Indigo, Satin Doll, In A Sentimental Mood, etc.). The Duke Ellington Society refers to these songs as “the usual suspects.” While they are worthy of their status a ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/portrait-of-ivie-anderson.mp3 “In addition to her great singing, Ivie was also considered a good-luck charm. We opened at the Oriental Theatre on Friday, February 13, 1931, and we broke the all-time house record. We returned to the Oriental on Friday, March 13, 1931, and broke that ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/where-to-start.mp3 Duke Ellington recorded thousands of selections over a nearly 50 year career. If you’re new to him, where do you begin? It’s daunting! These four CD sets are a great start to a Duke Ellington collection at a reasonable price. The recordings heard on this podcast e ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/the-sym-ellington-podcast.mp3 In Memoriam – Brooks Kerr (1951 – 2018) The recordings heard on this podcast episode: The Mooche (CD: “Duke Ellington – Live and Rare” Bluebird RCA 09026639532) Recorded 28 July 1965 in Tanglewood, MA Duke Ellington – piano; John Lamb – bass; Louie Bell ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/portrait-of-sonny-greer.mp3“Sonny would sit up behind the band, elevated high at his drums, an enormous array of blocks, bells, chimes, cymbals, snares and so on surrounding him, looking like the king of the band. At least, he always sat up high until one unfortunate occasion when h ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/beyond-the-usual-suspects-again.mp3 Most Duke Ellington tribute concerts and recordings rely on just a handful of his compositions (Mood Indigo, Satin Doll, In A Sentimental Mood, etc.). The Duke Ellington Society refers to these songs as “the usual suspects.” While they are worthy ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/ellingtons-string-section.mp3 “Ray Nance never played a bad note in his life, so this makes him unique among artists who practice freedom of expression in music. Singer, violinist, cornetist, and dancer, he is consistently a gas!” –Duke Ellington, Music Is My Mistress The recordings ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/sittin-in.mp3 Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra Count Basie and Duke Ellington Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie Duke Ellington and Tommy Dorsey Coleman Hawkins and Duke Ellington John Coltrane and Duke Ellington The recordings heard on this podcast episode: St. Louis Blues (CD: “Th ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/ben-webster-part-ii.mp3“He was considered the supreme ballad master. As great as Prez, Hawk and Byas were, they all had to take a back seat to Ben on ballads. Ben almost had a monopoly on the pretty ones. His breathy, whispy [sic] style, coupled with a most distinct tone enabled him ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/portrait-of-ben-webster-part-i.mp3“After he had made a record date with us in 1935, I always had a yen for Ben. 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 s ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/beyond-the-usual-suspects-podcast-18-001.mp3 Most Duke Ellington tribute concerts and recordings rely on just a handful of his compositions (Mood Indigo, Satin Doll, In A Sentimental Mood, etc.). The Duke Ellington Society refers to these songs as “the usual suspects.” While they ar ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/07-jingle-bells.mp3 Happy Holidays from Ellington Reflections! We will return with new bi-weekly episodes on 20 January 2018 Thank you for all your support and encouragement. We love you madly!!!
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/cinematic-ellington.mp3 “Has Duke Ellington ever saved your life? David O. Russell knows the answer to that particular question because Ellington’s music has rescued him many times. It happened yesterday. It’ll probably happen again tomorrow. And it also happens near the beginning o ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/the-river-podcast.mp3 “In retrospect, it seems that 1970 must have been a busy year, because I was also working on a ballet score that had been commissioned by the American Ballet Theatre. Choreographed by Alvin Ailey, the ballet was premiered at the New York State Theatre on June 2 ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/avant-garde-ellingtonia.mp3“Now, when I was considered avant garde, Duke Ellington at that time was avant garde to me — and I’m sure Barry Ulanov would say the same thing, although he never exactly said Duke was avant garde; but Duke was, because his music was more modern than most ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/monk-diz-podcast.mp3“I always like the bop, and I am proud to say that the fabulous, flamboyant John Birks Gillespie worked in our band once, for four weeks. Diz played with us at the Capitol Theatre in 1944, when we had the gorgeous Lena Horne on the bill. Of course, I’d known him ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/portrait-of-barney-bigard.mp3“I honestly can’t tell much about my impression of the band that first night. I was too busy fighting the notes, the reading stuff, to pay much attention to the band. I remember the weird chords that would come in behind us. I wasn’t used to that kind of ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/when-cootie-left-the-duke-part-iii-5-sept.mp3“…Benny Goodman, just back from Russia, persuaded [Cootie] Williams and Teddy Wilson to rejoin him. It was an amusing stint [Williams] recalled. “Sometimes Goodman would let you play,” he explained, “and other times he wouldn’t. He has hi ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/when-cootie-left-the-duke-part-ii.mp3 “I didn’t drink at all until I got my band.” – Cootie Williams The recordings heard on this podcast episode: ‘Round Midnight (CD: “Big Bands at The Savoy, Cootie Williams & Luis Russell” JUCD 2064) Recorded 12 February 1945 at the Savoy Ballroom ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/17-009-when-cootie-left-the-duke-part-i.mp3 A Benny Goodman recording session, with Georgie Auld – tenor sax, Benny Goodman – clarinet, Artie Bernstein – bass, Cootie Williams – trumpet, Charlie Christian – guitar. “It was 1929 when Cootie came into the band, and he soon became one ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/17-008-piano-in-the-foreground.mp3 ……[M]y mother decided I should take piano lessons. My piano teacher, Mrs. Clinkscales (that was really her name), got paid several times a week for many weeks for these lessons, but I missed more than I took, because of my enthusiasm for playing ba ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/17-007-reflections-on-the-far-east-suite.mp3 This podcast episode features three looks at Ellington/Strayhorn’s Far East Suite. The original, of course and then two interpretations that bend, yet don’t break, the material to fit their creative impulses and their very different instr ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/17-006-portrait-of-mahalia-jackson.mp3 “Bill Putnam, founder, builder, recording engineer, and President of Universal Recording Studios in Chicago, was having a party on a yacht one evening out on Lake Michigan. There were a lot of bigwigs from the Loop there, and a representative o ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/harlem-podcast-17-005.mp3 “Harlem is a place, a place in New York City, bordered on the south by Central Park and on the north by 145th Street, the Harlem and East River on the east, and the Hudson River on the west…… We would like now to take you on a tour of this place called Harl ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/take-a-train-17-004.mp3 “You know the record, Daybreak Express? Well, when we were in the South, we’d travel by train in two Pullmans and a baggage car. Duke would lie there resting, and listening to the trains. Those southern engineers could pull a whistle like nobody’s business. H ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/portrait-of-clark-terry_podcast-17-0031.mp3 “The first time I ever heard about Clark Terry was when Charlie Barnet told me about him. Charlie was raving: ‘Clark Terry is the greatest trumpet player in the world. You wait and see. Or better still, go get him for your band, but hurry, ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/diminuendo-in-blue-and-crescendo-in-blue.mp3 “Nineteen fifty-six was an important year. The performance of Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue (originally written in 1937) at the Newport Jazz Festival, with an epic ride by Paul Gonsalves on tenor saxophone, brought us renewed attention ...…
 
https://ellingtonreflectionsdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/ellington-reflections-17-001.mp3 “Jazz is many things to many people. To me, it has been a banner under which I have written and played most of life, almost all the way around the world.” – Duke Ellington, Music Is My Mistress This blog, Ellington Reflections, is the accompaniment t ...…
 
January 6, 2008 Dr. Scott Ellington www.mountainwestchurch.comBy info@mountainwestchurch.com (Dr. Scott Ellington).
 
December 16, 2007 Dr. Scott Ellington www.mountainwestchurch.comBy info@mountainwestchurch.com (Dr. Scott Ellington).
 
December 9, 2007 Dr. Scott Ellington www.mountainwestchurch.comBy info@mountainwestchurch.com (Dr. Scott Ellington).
 
December 2, 2007 Dr. Scott Ellington www.mountainwestchurch.comBy info@mountainwestchurch.com (Dr. Scott Ellington).
 
November 25, 2007 Dr. Scott Ellington www.mountainwestchurch.comBy info@mountainwestchurch.com (Dr. Scott Ellington).
 
November 4, 2007 Dr. Scott Ellington www.mountainwestchurch.comBy info@mountainwestchurch.com (Dr. Scott Ellington).
 
October 28, 2007 Dr. Scott Ellington www.mountainwestchurch.comBy info@mountainwestchurch.com (Dr. Scott Ellington).
 
October 21, 2007 Dr. Scott Ellington www.mountainwestchurch.comBy info@mountainwestchurch.com (Dr. Scott Ellington).
 
October 14, 2007 Dr. Scott Ellington www.mountainwestchurch.comBy info@mountainwestchurch.com (Dr. Scott Ellington).
 
September 30, 2007 Dr. Scott Ellington www.mountainwestchurch.comBy info@mountainwestchurch.com (Dr. Scott Ellington).
 
October 7, 2007 Dr. Scott Ellington www.mountainwestchurch.comBy info@mountainwestchurch.com (Dr. Scott Ellington).
 
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