Daily Archives: October 14, 2012

“GEE, HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN?” IS THE QUESTION. THE EARREGULARS HAVE THE ANSWER (October 7, 2012)

It’s been SO LONG, they tell us — a bouncy version of the 1936 Walter Donaldson song . . . performed here by Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet; Matt Munisteri, guitar; Vincent Gardner, trombone; Pat O’Leary, string bass, at the home of happy sounds, The Ear Inn (326 Spring Street, Soho, New York).  The EarRegulars work their magic every Sunday night from 8 to 11 . . . performing extraordinary feats of swinging legerdemain!

That doesn’t need explanation or commentary, does it?

May your happiness increase.

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THE DUKE IS ON THE MOON! (ABC Television, June 15, 1969)

Sweetly astonishing: Duke Ellington in the ABC Television studios, on the occasion of the first man on the moon — not only playing his own composition, MOON MAIDEN, but singing it as well.

My expert friends tell me that this was pre-recorded for the telecast, with Al Chernet, guitar; Paul Kondziela, bass;  Rufus Jones, drums.

I think this wonderful piece of ancient video footage is very touching:

May your happiness increase.