Jazz on the Tube needs you

"Back to School" fundraiser

Between our collection of 2000+ annotated videos, our podcast series (see home page for details) and our global directories of clubs, festivals and schools, Jazz on the Tube is "school" for hundreds of thousands of jazz fans worldwide.

This labor of love costs real money, about $1,500 a month in out-of-pocket expenses...

And that doesn't count the time put into sourcing videos, writing them up, creating the podcasts, and maintaining the world's biggest and most accurate database of jazz festivals, jazz clubs, jazz radio and jazz education on the Internet.

This "Back to School" season please consider becoming a Friend of Jazz on the Tube.

Support Jazz on the Tube

Thanks for all your support in all the forms it takes!

Ken, Lester, Sam and all the volunteers

Home | More Videos | About Us | Contact | Subscribe | Donate

Jazz on the Tube

The Internet's jazz video search engine

 
 

Diminuendo and Crescendo In Blue

Duke Ellington Orchestra
featuring Paul Gonsalves

 
Subscribe to
Jazz on the Tube
 

Absolutely free
Every time we post a new video,
we'll send you a notice by e-mail.

First Name:
E-mail address:
 

Navigation:    Home    More Videos    Back    More videos like this

The solo that saved Ellington

Advertisement

1956 was not a kind year to big bands in general nor to Duke Ellington in particular.

Rapidly escalating costs, shrinking audiences, creative exhaustion and other factors led band after band to fold and give up the bandstand.

Ellington was seriously thinking about retiring,

Then came Paul Gonsalves and his impromptu 27 chorus solo at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival.

The band went on late - very late - and a big chunk of the audience was in the process of leaving the fairgrounds.

Then it started.

On a recording from the event, you can hear the sound of the growing crowd as people returned to the stage area and re-joined the audience. First interest...then enthusiasm...then positive hysteria. 7,000 screaming and dancing people rocking out.

Critics noted, the legend of this singular event spread, and in short time Ellington was on the cover of Time Magazine. Ellington and Big Bands in general thrived anew in the media attention and public enthusiasm.

This is not film from Newport '56. There is none. There are however TWO recordings of the event. Paul Gonsalves stepped up to the wrong mike (long story.)

One flaw with this video: It ends before the solo does. It's the only film version of this we could find. If you know of a complete one, please let us know on our Jazz on the Tube Facebook page: Facebook.com/jazzonthetube



Please share your favorite JazzontheTube.com videos with your friends and colleagues

That's how we grow.

Thanks!




For more Paul Gonsalves videos, click here

See the complete catalog of
jazz on the tube videos

About Us | Privacy Policy | Contact