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January 19, 2009


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Agustín Pérez

Dear Mark

Regarding Harry Carney's absence from that Metronome All-Stars recording session of January 3, 1949, and according to Dr. Klaus Stratemann's "Duke Ellington: Day By Day And Film By Film", the first weeks of 1949 saw the Ellington band still in the East. The played at the Town Casino, Buffalo, NY from January 3 to January 9. As it headed towards the West, the Ellington troupe stopped over in Chicago (January 16, Civic Opera House).

Probably, more details could be provided if anyone had Ken Vail's "Duke's Diary" or Massagli & Volonté's "The New DESOR" handy.

Best regards,
Agustín Pérez
Madrid (Spain)

Tristano Fan

It's impossible to imagine this gig without Lennie. So glad that Nat couldn't make it...


Max Roach ans Stan Getz would fit very well in this record.

Marshall Zucker

Vibes, or Misc. Instrument is not included among your results. That year it was either Terry Gibbs or Red Norvo.

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