Click on the link here for Audio Player – Duke Ellington – 25th Anniversary concert – Birdland, New York – November 25, 1952 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
Another classic this weekend. Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra, celebrating 25 years on this anniversary broadcast, live from The Birdland on Broadway and 53rd Street in New York. Broadcast on November 25, 1952.
A veritable who’s who of outstanding and legendary soloists, along with vocals by Jimmy Grissom and Betty Rochè. An all-star occasion with the inimitable Duke Ellington holding court.
A little under an hour (50 minutes as advertised), and a wonderful introduction to those of you who may not be all that familiar with Duke Ellington. And a solid reminder of just how great great can be.
Turn it up.