Echoes of Ellington on the air

Somehow Pete Long escaped onto the nation's airwaves.


From Swing Time August 1997:

"On July 28, Radio 2 possibly unwisely gave a microphone to Pete Long who introduced The Echoes of Ellington Orchestra. Apart from describing singer Patti Revell as "over six feet tall", it was an honest and entertaining half-hour."

Pete was sitting in for the absent Sheila Tracey on Big Band Special. He played six tracks recorded for the programme: Ya Oughta, Caravan, Passion Flower, Echoes Of The Jungle, Satin Doll and Take The 'A' Train. This was a unique opportunity to hear some tracks that were not released on either of the orchestra's CDs.

Jazz Notes devoted two programmes to Echoes OF Ellington on October 26 and 27 1998. The band was recorded live at Ronnie Scott's, and nine tracks were broadcast over the two nights. Midriff, Rockin' In Rhythm, Snibor and I Got It Bad went out on the first night, and Jubilee Stomp, Bragging In Brass, Sugar Plum Fairy, Tell Me It's The Truth and Take The 'A' Train on the second. 

Pete Long was chatting with host Alyn Shipton on both nights. Once again, it was the chance to hear the likes of Snibor, Bragging In Brass and Sugar Plum Fairy, none of which were issued on official recordings.

On 25 December 1998, BBC2 presented a half-hour programme entitled Nutcracker Sweeties. It featured the Birmingham Royal Ballet, with costumes by Jaspar Conran. The music was provided by Echoes of Ellington.

As part of the Ellington centenary celebrations in 1999, Pete Long joined Campbell Burnap on Jazz FM for two hours of music from all eras of Ellington.

Bob Hunt appeared on Jazz Notes in July 1998 talking about Tricky Sam Nanton and the Ellington Orchestra. You can read (a little) more about it at BBC Radio.