Preparing a post recently on the passing of Alice Babs, I happened across this video clip (above) from the documentary Shepherd of the Night Flock. The documentary concerns Father John García Gensel who was Father of the St Peter’s Lutheran Church, Lexington Avenue, New York and Honorary Member of the Duke Ellington Music Society. Father Gensel inspired the composition The Shepherd Who Watches Over The Night Flock (a composition which, according to Norman Granz, was first improvised by Ellington in performance for Joan Miró in the South of France. The music was incorporated into a performance for the full band that same evening).
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
I have already written about my fascination with Duke Ellington's engagement at Billy Rose's Aquacade in the early fifties here.
Now, another copy of the programme for that engagement has appeared on Ebay, including a picture of the relevant pages for Ellington. Here is the pictorial evidence...
Posted by Ian at 10:49:00
Saturday, 15 February 2014
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
I'm reposting here the videos of The Second Sacred Concert I put up a couple of weeks ago in celebration of Alice Babs' ninetieth birthday. Sadly she passed away last week on 11 February. Here is a reminder of the luminous beauty she brought to these late Ellington works:
Alice Babs, 26 January 1924-11 February 2014
Thank you for Alice Babs.
Posted by Ian at 12:41:00