Duke Ellington: Our Band Will Never Sound The Same
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra were playing at Philharmonic Hall in NY, April 16, 1971 and I had tickets. Ray Nance, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney were there and I seem to recall Cootie Williams was there although discographies claim he was not. But one whom I had idolized was no longer a part of the Ellington ensemble. Almost a year had gone since the passing of Johnny Hodges. The Maestro’s remark that “because of this great loss, our band will never sound the same” was indeed a correct statement. JazzVideoGuy has uploaded this clip onto YouTube which should date to circa 1964.
-Scott WenzelView Video