Monday, 27 April 2015
Rare 1968 DUKE ELLINGTON Signed Autograph Theater Program American Jazz Pianist
Description: very rare vintage “Gran Rex” (*) theatre program, hand signed by the famous American composer, pianist and jazz bandleader Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (1899-1974). Black and white theater program with color advertising on the other side. Green ink hand signed, circa 1968 (**)
Folded: 4-¼ x
6 inches ( 10.5 cm x 15 cm)
Extended: 6 x 12- ¼ inches (
15 cm x 31 cm)
Condition: Slightly stained here and there. Bent at the middle and upper corners. Pined to the upper left corner. Otherwise, fine to very fine overall condition.
(*) The “Gran Rex” is an Art Deco style theater in
Buenos Aires, Argentina which opened on 1930’s, as the largest cinema in South America. Located near the centre of the city, at Corrientes Avenue (known as “the street that never sleeps”) is one of the city's most important venues for the staging of international shows.
(**) This program corresponds to the Duke Ellington and his Orchestra show, that took place at the “Gran Rex” theater in
on September 12, 1968. The color advertising on the back side includes a photo of the “Gran Rex” front and a picture of the very famous iconic Tango singer Carlos Gardel, with Buenos Aires, Argentina Corrientes Avenue as background.
Posted by Ian at 10:10:00
Sunday, 26 April 2015
News just in of a new coffee table book celebrating Billy Strayhorn in his centenary year. The book may be pre-ordered here.
Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life is a stunning collection of essays, photographs, and ephemera celebrating Billy Strayhorn, one of the most significant yet under-appreciated contributors to 20th century American music. Released in commemoration of Strayhorn's centennial, this luxurious coffee-table book offers intimate details of the composer's life from musicians, scholars, and Strayhorn's closest relatives. Perhaps best known for his 28-year collaborative role as Duke Ellington's "writing and arranging companion," Strayhorn has emerged in recent years as an even more meritorious force in shaping the jazz canon. "Strayhorn" delves into every stage of Billy's career, beginning with his abusive upbringing and early success to later partnerships with Lena Horne and the Copasetics. Rich with insights, the book covers topics such as his music, family, intellectual pursuits, involvement with civil rights, and open homosexuality. Featuring contributions from Strayhorn's biographer David Hajdu, film director Rob Levi, music scholar Walter van de Leur, as well as lush photography and rare memorabilia like handwritten scores, this is a book to be treasured by jazz aficionados and music lovers everywhere. Enthralling and visually captivating, "Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life" lauds a beloved jazz legend and captures a prodigious legacy that will influence generations to come.
Posted by Ian at 02:25:00
Sunday, 19 April 2015
From Maison du Duke, here is a trailer for the forthcoming CD/DVD presentation of The Duke Orchestra's performance last year of Ellington's Sacred Music. The standard of musicianship and the beauty of the presentation is astounding.
The set may be pre-ordered from Maison du Duke here along with the itinerary fro a proposed tour of cathedrals through June.
Posted by Ian at 06:00:00
Thursday, 16 April 2015
From Elmore magazine:
Revolutionary jazz composer Duke Ellington’s Conny Plank Session will finally see the light of day this July. For those unfamiliar with German sound engineer and producer Conny Plank, he rose to prominence for his work with Kraftwerk and Cluster. Stories have been told of this collaboration for many years, and we will finally have a chance to hear it this summer thanks to Grönland Records.
Posted by Ian at 09:51:00