Don't get around - Ellington Ella Fitzgerald 1968





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Uploaded on Feb 3, 2011

In a smallgroup setting Ella Fitzgerald sings "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" with Duke Ellington on piano and bass and drums.
This was recorded in 1968 in a studio with an audience but I have no info where. I'm always impressed with the drummers of the Ellington band. A tremendous drive and depth in their playing. The drummer in this clip is Rufus Jones.
I was once playing a concert in one hall with our little group and in our interval the Ellington band would play across the hall. ( I guess we were hired as the interval band) It was in the eighties and Duke was not alive any longer and his son Mercer was leading. Mercer's son Paul Ellington was the drummer in the band
We got a chance to talk to him and we told him how much we liked his playing. He then mentioned that he had a long way to go still before he would hopefully reach the level of the drummers previously in that band. He then sat in with us and he certainly had that magic.
Paul Mercer Ellinton is now leading the Ellington band

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