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OHAM: Edmund Anderson on Ellington

OHAM Info

 

ELLINGTON PROJECT

550A

Edmund Anderson

with Valerie Archer

348 E. 57th St.

New York, New York

October 15, 1980

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Tape A:

 

talks about his book--magazine article about Duke--Anderson's background--song Anderson wrote that Duke recorded--discusses how he first was attracted to Ellington's music--first meeting with Ellington--talking to Duke about appearing at Carnegie--plans to back a Carnegie concert--Benny Goodman beating them to it--Anderson's wedding in his home with Ellington as his best man--Duke's involving Anderson with the church--getting to know Pastor John Gensel--Duke’s travels to England--socializing with Ellington--Arthur Logan--talks about Ellington as a person--working on a show with Duke.

 

Tape B:

 

show continued--interest in Tempo music--Billy Strayhorn--seeing Duke on tours--near documentary of Ellington by NBC--working on different television shows with Ellington--Nat Hentoff--Albert Murray--Evie--

John Gensel--visiting Duke near the end--Harry Carney--Russell Procope--closing concert in England with "Lotus Blossom".

 

Tape C:

 

• Italian Sculptress doing Ellington--Fiori (sculptress) meets Ellington--ancdotes.