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Like Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, Miller was another tough taskmaster.

 

Robert W. Dana - December - 5, 1961

Duke Ellington at Basin St. East

Duke Ellington and a 15-piece orchestra were the big noise, music and orchestrated sounds last night at the Basin Street East. In 18 dynamic numbers, many of which he composed, the Duke let loose a barrage of instrumentalists and a singer the like of which isn't often one's pleasure to hear.

From his "Asphalt Jungle" to the closing "Jones,"this big band hit it high and low, plain and duke ellingtonfancy, with much emphasis on solos, by such as Johnny Hodges on the alto saxophone, Cat Anderson, just returned to the fold, Paul Gonzalves on tenor sax and Harry Carney on baritone sax.

Being an admirer of old tunes, I really appreciated Cat's interpretation of "All of Me," with Hodges taking a solo, and Duke's own playing on "Satin Doll," followed by his greatest composition, "In My Solitude," a thing of beauty.

Full Band Sound.

Outside of the fact that Ellington gives you the full big band sound at Basin Street East, this engagement is most notable for the introduction of a young singer named Milt Grayson. The Duke gives him a big play and he uses it for all he's worth - and that's plenty- in "Love You Madly," "Why Was I Born?" and others.

Grayson has a natural and warm full-spirited style. He uses no tricks and he has no use for them. He has the potential for greatness.

I like the way the Duke, ever accomplished at posterthe piano, kept himself in the background to let his musicians gather in the applause in the making.

Old Master.

And yet when he sat down to play "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and "Mood Indigo," with clarinet, sax and trombone providing a proper background, here one could enjoy a master from many days back. From the days, I recall, when I used to enjoy in a college fraternity house's recording of "Three little Words."

The Wellington performance was preceded by Larry Storch, a well-liked comedian, whose imitations of people in the news are documented with great fun in a series of sketches.

Also, Basin Street East presented Gloria Lynne, a former Gospel singer, who tried hard and perhaps too valiantly last night.

THE REVIEWS
Andrews Sisters - Latin Quarter 1957
Desi Arnaz - w/Diosa Costello 1948
Count Basie - Lincoln 1943
Tony Bennett - Copacabana 1958
Milton Berle - Latin Quarter 1948
Joey Bishop - w/Andy Williams 1959
Ray Bolger - Wizard of Oz Scarecrow, Empire Room 1956
Cab Calloway - Greenwich Inn 1949
Diahann Carroll - Persian Room 1961
Betty Clooney - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Nat King Cole - Copacabana 1958
Perry Como - Versailles 1944
Copacabana - famous night club restaurant is reviewed 1953
Crosby Brothers - Latin Quarter 1961
Xavier Cugat - Waldorf Astoria 1951
Vic Damone - Riviera 1953
Billy Daniels - Copacabana 1952
Sammy Davis Jr. - Copacabana 1959
Phyllis Diller - w/Bobby Short 1958
Nancy Donovan - Copacabana 1952
Jimmy Durante - Copacabana 1951
Billy Eckstine - Copacabana 1951
Duke Ellington - Basin St. East 1961
Eddie Fisher - Empire Room 1959
Judy Garland -Town & Country 1958
Jackie Gleason - La Vie en Rose 1953
Benny Goodman - Empire Room 1956
Dolores Gray - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Buddy Hackett - Copacabana 1956
Connie Haines - Terrace Room 1951
Dick Haymes - Versailles 1956
Horace Heidt - 30th Anniversary 1954
Florence Henderson w/Bill Hayes 1958
Hildegarde - Pierre 1953
Celeste Holm - Plaza 1958
Eddy Howard - Roosevelt 1955
Burl Ives w/Wally Cox - Persian Room
Lisa Kirk - Persion Room 1958
Frankie Laine - Latin Quarter 1955
Julius La Rosa - Romanian 1958
Peggy Lee - Copacabana 1958
Jerry Lewis - Town & Country 1957
Joe E. Lewis - Copacabana 1945
Ted Lewis - Latin Quarter 1953
Liberace - Persian Room 1947
Guy Lombardo - Roosevelt 1957
Vincent Lopez - Grill Room 1954
Tony Martin - Riviera 1953
Martin and Lewis - Copacabana 1950
Ray McKinley - Glenn Miller Band 1957
Mills Brothers - Latin Quarter 1956
Vaughn Monroe - Astor 1955
Constance Moore - St. Regis 1958
Johnnie Ray - Copacabana 1953
Della Reese - Copacabana 1961
Sugar Ray Robinson - French Casino
Dorothy Shay - St. Regis 1961
Frank Sinatra - Wedgewood 1943
Danny Thomas - Copacabana 1949
Sophie Tucker - Latin Quarter 1950
Mae West - Latin Quarter 1956
Julie Wilson - Persian Room 1954
EDITORIALS
Dean Martin - thoughts on Mr. Sauve
Peter Lawford - retrospective
Rise & Fall of the big bands
INTERVIEWS
K Baggelaar- Copacabana author
Denny Farrell - big band disc jockey
Hal Turner - Performer/Conductor
B Zickafoose - played in WWII Europe
ASSORTED
Bernie Bierman bio
Sammy Kaye - Roosevelt 1957
Dinah Shore - press release and autograph from the 50's
A Letter about a WWII song
Harbers & Dale - Dance Team
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