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Rediscovered Duke Ellington Film to Be Reshown After More Than 50 Years

The footage from 1966 features Ellington in concert at Coventry Cathedral in the United Kingdom

Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington

On Dec. 29, a Duke Ellington concert film not seen for more than 50 years will receive its first public viewing since its original broadcast in 1966 at the historic Coventry Cathedral in the United Kingdom.

Appropriately, the cathedral is where the concert by Ellington and his orchestra originally took place, on Feb. 21, 1966—the European premiere of his first Concert of Sacred Music. Under the title Celebration, it was broadcast on ABC Television for the British channel ITV as part of its Easter programming. One piece, “Come Easter,” was written particularly for the Coventry performance.

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