Nostalgia in Times Square
This is not a Duke Ellington selection. But this was performed by the River East Collegiate Senior Jazz Band at their Ellington Night Benefit Concert last month. The proceeds of which helped finance their trip to New York.
The band also played this Charles Mingus piece at the Optimist Jazz Band Festival in March.
This is how the band director introduced this piece:
“This selection is entitled Nostalgia in Times Square. This is actually right from the Charles Mingus book. Charles Mingus is one of the most important figures in American music. One of his earliest influences was actually hearing Duke Ellington on the radio when he was eight years old. Mingus was the only musician Duke Ellington ever fired. This happened after a fight with a trombonist during rehearsal. This tune is Mingus’ reflections from New York when he settled there in 1975.”
This is nine minutes long. Sorry guys, I didn’t know what part to cut. I guess I am just excited to share the entire selection with you. And please excuse my shaky hands.
Thank you to my brother-in-law for patiently teaching me how to transfer my video from my camcorder to my computer. I know you are busy but you took precious time out to help me.
Next time: An Ellington selection!
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