Such Sweet Thunder

Stony Brook is a small University town situated on the north shore of Long Island, NY. It  is famous for its University and an open air amphi theatre, Dogwood Hollow, which has been the venue of many musical events. On July 18, 1958, the theatre was visited by Duke Ellington and his orchestra who performed in concert. It is claimed that the concert was recorded with only one microphone, through a hole in the stage floor (DEMS). This concert has hitherto been unissued commercially, but we intend to give our members the opportunity to listen to the complete proceedings. Because of the length of the concert, we prefer to divide it in two parts, wherof this is part 1. Above you can see a sketch of Dogwood Hollow and a programme with Ellingron’s autograph.  Duke and his men played there already on July 27, 1957, but also this concert is not issued commercially but possibly there are collectors who have a tape of it.

On this date Oscar Pettiford, who subbed for Jimmy Woode on bass, did his last gig with Ellington. He was regularly with the Ellington band from 1945 to 1948. He died in 1960.

Oscar Pettiford

The first part of the concert is In the Goodies Room,  where DESS-members can listen to and download it.

After the introduction you will hear the following:

*Take The A Train*Medley: Black And Tan Fantasy/Creole Love Call/The Mooche*Newport Up*Tenderly*Perdido*Such Sweet Thunder*Sopohisticated Lady*Sonnet To Hank Cinq*What Else Can You Do With A Drum*You Better Know It*Autumn Leaves*Take The A Train*

The second part of the concert is schedued to be published in approximately. one month’s time

We hope you will enjoy the concert.

Author: Anders Asplund

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