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Duke Ellington


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... and his Famous Orchestra A film portrait of Edward Kennedy Ellington 1899-1974
For half a century Duke Ellington led the most celebrated orchestra in the world, and kept it stocked with virtuosi in every section-Johnny Hodges , Harry Carney , Cootie Williams , Paul Gonsalves , Lawrence Brown.
Among his 5,000 compositions are all-time hits like 'Mood indigo', ' Sophisticated lady ', Solitude' and ' Satin doll' as well as major suites and tone poems. Yet behind the sophisticated front the man himself was an enigma, and during his lifetime he managed to resist close scrutiny of his complex personality. ' Too much talk,' he once said, stinks up the place '. Russell Davies presents this portrait of Duke Ellington filmed in New York. Among those taking part are his sister Ruth, his son
Mercer Ellington , Cootie Williams , Dizzy Gillespie , Cab Calloway , Clark Terry , Louis Bellson , Jimmy Hamilton , Mel Torme and Joe Williams.


Unknown: Edward Kennedy Ellington
Unknown: Johnny Hodges
Unknown: Harry Carney
Unknown: Cootie Williams
Unknown: Paul Gonsalves
Unknown: Lawrence Brown.
Unknown: Russell Davies
Unknown: Mercer Ellington
Unknown: Cootie Williams
Unknown: Dizzy Gillespie
Unknown: Cab Calloway
Unknown: Clark Terry
Unknown: Louis Bellson
Unknown: Jimmy Hamilton
Unknown: Mel Torme
Unknown: Joe Williams.
Editor: Ben Morris
Producer: Philip Speight

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