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Jump For Joy! Ellington Big Band Mosaic Still In The Works

A friend writes to pass along the good news: Mosaic Records is still planning on doing a 1930s Duke Ellington Columbia big-band set.

Ellington

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Duke Ellington, 1938-1939

A friend writes to pass along the good news: Mosaic Records is still planning on doing a 1930s Duke Ellington Columbia big-band set.

A Mosaic employee states, “We are looking to do the 1930s big band Columbia owned material sometime either late this year or next year.” The late-1930s Ellington orchestra was (in this blogger’s humble opinion) one of Duke’s strongest, unfairly overshadowed, perhaps, by the epic Blanton-Webster years that followed.

For a taste of what the Mosaic will deliver, check out this compilation.

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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