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The University of Ellingtonia

Gwen Terry

in Clark

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268463
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949782 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520268463.003.0029
The University of Ellingtonia

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It was on November 11, 1951 that Clark Terry got an offer for a first hand experience with Duke Ellington's band. Clark rushed to join Duke's band at the Keil Auditorium in St. Louis. The Keil was a brand-new facility with all the latest equipment, from sound to lighting. Without any rehearsal, Clark had to play in the dark, which had only penlights. However, the orchestra was a hit and the audience was spellbound. Clark describes his association with Duke's band as being in the University of Ellingtonia, learning the completeness of everything that he needed to know about music, like establishing a rapport between the bandstand and the audience, and, more than anything, what he needed to know about life.

Keywords: Clark Terry; Duke Ellington; Keil; University of Ellingtonia; orchestra

Chapter.  2169 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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