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If you search through the Radio Times online database, you will find over 3,000 programmes featuring this Orchestra! Here’s just one track from 1966 - The Northern Dance Orchestra, conducted by Bernard Herrmann and recorded in Middlesborough in the early summer of that year. They’re playing a special arrangement by Neil Ardley of Duke Ellington’s ‘In a Mellow Tone’ (with Gary Cox on tenor sax and Ian Carr on trumpet... the front line of the EmCee Five).

This track is on a tape in Neil Ardley’s tape archive and was sent to him after the performance together with a letter including an apology for not including ‘Shades Of Blue’ in the programme for a different concert. We think it’s Bernard Hermann’s voice, at the end of this recording, announcing:

“Ladies and gentlemen, that was In A Mellow Tone by Duke Ellington but it was a special arrangement as you realised. Tonight, I’m very proud indeed to be able to bring onto the platform, for your inspection and approval, the arranger of that number, who is the leader of the New Jazz Orchestra in London… Neil Ardley.”


released August 8, 2022
Neil Ardley - arranger
Ian Carr - trumpet
Gary Cox - tenor sax

Special thanks to Viv Wilson
From the Neil Ardley reel tape archive
Transfer by John Thurlow
Mastered by Christophe Martyn


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