Duke Ellington: A Change in Luck
Episode date - July 2, 2021
As World War II came to an end, so did the big band era. For a multitude of reasons, only a few of which we have time to cover, big bands were no longer an affordable commodity.
Keeping a big band on the road, playing one-nighters while covering hotel, food and travel expenses, was simply not viable, and extended appearances at one location were vanishing all across America. Audience tastes changed as well, with the emphasis now placed on vocalists in the pop world, and on smaller, leaner R&B bands on the R&B circuit. Ellington fought on and resisted change, but it was not easy, or inexpensive.
Featured tracks include:
The Minor Goes Muggin’
Perfume Suite I – Balcony Serenade
Perfume Suite II – Strange Feeling
Perfume Suirte III – Dancers in Love
Perfume Suite IV - Coloratura
Things Ain’t What They Used to Be
Come to Baby, Do!
Long, Long Journey
The One That Got Away