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Your Date With The Duke 1
OFAM 2023 - If Only In My Dreams
Your Date With The Duke
Duke Ellington live via the AFRS
Sat Aug 5, 1:30-3:00 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
McKenzie River Broadcasting
Concert production sponsor
McKenzie River Broadcasting
Concert production sponsor
QSL Print Communications
OFAM 2023 Title Sponsor
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor
  • Description
  • Personnel
As a part of its promotion of its 7th War Loan Bond drive, in the spring and summer of 1945 the United States Treasury Department sponsored a series of broadcasts featuring live in-person performances by Duke Ellington and his orchestra. Aired for one hour each week,
Your Date With The Duke is one of 7 OFAM 2023 concerts presented twice:
    Matinée: Sat, Aug 5, 1:30 pm
    Evening: Wed, Aug 9, 7:30 pm
Your Saturday Afternoon Date with the Duke proved to be a popular feature on the fledgling ABC Radio Network. Broadcast from a variety of locations — usually night clubs or theaters where the Ellington band was being featured — the programs featured a wide array of compositions old and new. Listeners enjoyed classics from Ellington's band book, popular songs, familiar Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn compositions, excerpts from many of Ellington's longer compositions, and many rarely heard pieces, some of which were never commercially recorded.
As with other Stateside radio programs which were a part of its ongoing mission to provide entertainment to military personnel in the field, the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) edited these shows down to 1/2 hour weekly programs retitled Date With The Duke and distributed them on 16" vinyl transcriptions throughout the world for rebroadcast via shortwave. These AFRS recordings are a fascinating glimpse into the musical world of the mid-1940s. The enthusiastic big-city audiences in attendance clearly motivate the musicians to new musical highs and soloists, not restricted to the three-minute lengths imposed by 10" 78 RPM records, often extend the length of the selections to five or six minutes of delightful free-form jazz. Chuck and company put together a program inspired by the series!
Event Personnel
Chuck Redd, director
Siri Vik, vocals
Bill Hulings, vocals
Ticket/Venue Info
Your Date With The Duke Ticket Prices
Discount Prices
AA39.00  35.25  33.25  31.25  19.50 
A35.00  31.50  29.75  28.00  17.50 
B30.00  27.00  25.50  24.00  15.00 
C25.00  22.50  21.25  20.00  12.50 
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
QSL Print Communications
OFAM 2023 Title Sponsor
The Eye Center
Shedd Presenting Sponsor