THE INTERNATIONAL
DEMS BULLETIN
DUKE ELLINGTON MUSIC SOCIETY
12/2 August - November 2012
Our 34th Year of Publication

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HONORARY MEMBER: FATHER JOHN GARCIA GENSEL
EDITOR: SJEF HOEFSMIT
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Addition to Duke's Itinerary



DEMS 12/2-9


 


Can you help me, please?  I came across your webpage
http://www.septentrion.qc.ca/banque-images/fiche-image.asp?id=5072
which has a picture of Estelle Coté, first Queen of Carnaval (1955).
The activities of Duke Ellington and his orchestra from February 1 to 16, 1955 have not yet been documented, and my fellow researchers and I seek to establish where they performed during this period, and what the nature of the performances were - dance engagements, night clubs, etc. A colleague in Sweden [Carl Hällström] discovered an image on the internet of a concert program or perhaps a restaurant menu for
"En vedette a La Porte St.-Jean"
"Duke Ellington et son orchestre au complet"
"du 8 au 15 Fevrier inclus"
This is autographed by Mr. Ellington but it is also autographed by Mlle. Coté, and by 1955 duchesses Nancy Lee Peterson and Gisèle Poulin.




It seems clear the program or menu is from February 1955. I was wondering if you can tell me if the establishment called La Porte St.-Jean was a restaurant, a night club, or something else in the early part of 1955, please?
Thank you,
David Palmquist
Delta B.C.


Bonjour,
Il s'agit d'un cabaret ouvert en 1951 par Gérard Thibault. Vous trouverez plus d'informations en consultant ce document.
http://www.erudit.org/culture/cd1035538/cd1041073/7340ac.pdf
Cordialement,
Marie-Michèle Rheault
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Dear Ms Rheault,
Thank you very much, this is very helpful.
I am sharing this information with my colleagues and it will likely be shared with the world of Ellington through The International DEMS Bulletin, of the Duke Ellington Music Society based in Belgium (see http://depanorama.net/DEMS).
You have helped solve a mystery!
Best wishes,
David