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Recently (the same time as we found the
footage in fact), while clearing out the vault we came across a film can with the
original elements (A-B rolls) from an
BVI of Miami (Now Manhattan Transfer) graciously put the film up on their telecine machine for us to see if it had survived. It has.
Ellington ... Petersburg, Virginia
Photographer: Me ... Bill Peterson
It only aired once as far as we know, on the local public service station. It's been way too long for me to have remembered what was said and we were not able to listen to the sound at this gratis video session, but ... this week we were able to get the sound track rough transferred at Continental Film Labs (Jan. 03, 2003) ! We should be able to post the transcript and maybe a couple of sound clips real soon. If you need to know more, sooner EMAIL me.
Here's a sample:
Question: You’ve kept together many of the members of your aggregation, Lawrence Brown, Harry Carney, Johnny Hodges, uh ...
I give them the money and I get the kicks.
It begins with a few keyboard shots,
then it's Duke's interview and it ends with a few keyboard
things. Some of the questions are: "Duke, rightly or wrongly
many people tend to identify you with swing. How do you feel about
that identification?" ... "What important changes have
taken place in music since you began your career?" ... "Would
it seem that the big band era is returning today?
It's about 5 1/2 minutes in length, and appears to be in
reasonably good shape. So for the first time since the late 60's we know
what Duke had to say ... cool.
While we were in the session
in the film transfer room I taped with my handy MiniDV cam off the
monitor to give us an idea of what the footage would look like restored.
If you would like to see I've included a Gallery of the shots, just
click on this link:
DUKE SCREEN GRABS