Jazz Vinyl Giveaway: Duke At Newport

It’s time for our next contest to give away a free record, and here’s the record: Duke Ellington, Ellington at Newport, Columbia 8648. This is a classic jazz LP, featuring the famous Paul Gonsalves solo on Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue from the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, which was actually held in Newport, RI in those days. Many in the media actually credited this performance with helping to revive Ellington’s career. This is not an original pressing, but is a later stereo reissue. It is in near mint condition, for both the record and the cover, and it is being make available free to one lucky reader of Jazz Collector. As always with out contests, the rules are quite simple: All you have to do to be eligible to win this record is to

post a comment on the Jazz Collector site — anywhere on the site, about any topic, between now and the end of the contest, which will be February 1. We ship the record anywhere in the world at no cost to the winner. Pretty good deal, if we most say so ourselves.

Just for the heck of it, we did a little inventory of previous giveaways. We’ve been doing the giveaways since October of 2008 (Rudolf was our first winner) and in that time we’ve given away 16 items. Well, we’ve had 16 winners: Two of the winners haven’t collected their prizes: Michel, you had won a Downbeat last year, which I see is still sitting on my shelf. And I still have a Charlie Parker Memorial Album — original pressing no less — won by Red Colm O’Sullivan, who has apparently abandoned us. We haven’t had any repeat winners because the contests have been set up to try to avoid that, but at this point, we’re expecting someone to win again. For the record the winners have been: Rudolf, Michael Haensch, Jason, Bethellodge, Dan Hodina, Michel, Troy Grooms, Jim Thornton, Maarten Kools, Red Colm O’Sullivan, Bob Brooks, Don-Lucky, Ian Thomas, Mr DW, Jorge and Brian, who still has to collect his Brubeck LP.

One comment

  • Al, Regarding the record hobby,
    I read your writeup about record collecting and it struck a nerve in me. I started collecting jazz records back in the early fifties. I think my first record ever was “Ambassador Satch” from Columbia Record Club which is now long gone and in another entity known as BMG Music. My collection became pretty big until hard times hit me in the early eighties and I had to sell many of the records for the then going rate of $1.00 per record. Now, I’m in the process of replacing what I sold and I’m doing it from memory. May jazz live on for the enjoyment of all of us and future generations. It is truly an American original art form.

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