New York, July 6th 1961 : Duke Ellington and Count Basie, who had mutual admiration for each other, record together for the first time. The two orchestras, at the top of their art, work together on their personal repertoires and give birth to a Columbia record now legendary: “First Time”.

Vienne, July 5th 2011 : 50 years later, the festival “Jazz à Vienne” invited today’s best ambassadors of those two creators to recreate “First Time” and prolong the encounter and the pleasure. The LAURENT MIGNARD Duke Orchestra (Ellington) and The MICHEL PASTRE Big Band (Basie) recapture those two great men’s art in front of 5,000 spectators cooked to a boil. An exceptional night for which the only winner was SWING!


1. BATTLE ROYAL – Duke Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 7’10
2. IN A MELLOW TONE – Duke Ellington (Tempo Music Inc) 6’21
3. MANHATTAN MURALS – TAKE THE A TRAIN – Billy Strayhorn (Tempo Music Inc) 8’22
4. DICKIE’S DREAM – Count Basie – Lester Young (Warner Chappell) 6’06
5. KINDA DUKISH – ROCKIN RYTHM – Duke Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) / Duke Ellington, Harry Carney, Irving Mills (Salabert) 5’49
6. SEGUE IN C – Frank Wess (EMI Publishing) 9’26
7. IT DON’T MEAN A THING – Duke Ellington (Salabert) 4’09
8. A MIDNIGHT IN PARIS – Billy Strayhorn (United Artists Music Ltd) 3’48
9. WILD MAN MOORE – Duke Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 6’46
10. JUMPIN AT THE WOODSIDE – Count Basie (Warner Chappell) 5’56
11. PERDIDO – Hans Lengsfelder – Ervin Drake / Juan Tizol (Campbell Connelly) 12’45

Laurent Mignard Duke Orchestra
Didier Desbois (as)
Aurélie Tropez (as,cl)
Fred Couderc (ts, fl)
Nicolas Montier (ts)
Philippe Chagne (bs)
Franck Delpeut (tp)
Franck Guicherd (tp)
François Biensan (tp)
Richard Blanchet (tp)
Jean-Louis Damant (tb)
Fidel Fourneyron (tb)
Guy Arbion (btb)
Philippe Milanta (p)
Bruno Rousselet (b)
Julie Saury (dm)
Laurent Mignard (dir)

Michel Pastre Big Band
Luigi Grasso (as)
Nicolas Dary (as,fl,cl)
Philippe Pilon (ts)
Jean-François Devèze (bs,fl)
Lorenz Rainer (tp)
Guy Bodet (tp)
Fabien Mary (tp)
Jérôme Etcheberry (tp)
Guy Figlionlos (tb)
Patrick Bacqueville (tb)
Jerry Edwards (tb)
Pierre Christophe (p)
Raphaël Dever (b)
Enzo Mucci (g)
François Laudet (dm)
Michel Pastre (ts, dir)

Marc Thomas (voc)

Artistic Direction : Laurent Mignard
Live recorded by Jean-Marc Aringoli | Zycopolis Productions | 5th july 2011 | Théâtre Antique de Vienne (France)
Mixed by Bruno Minisini & Vincent Cordelette | Studio Cordiboy
Mastered by François Terrazzoni | Studio Parelies
Design : Alexandre Pichon
Iconography Jazz à Vienne : Bruno Théry
Photo : Pascal Derathé

Production : Juste Une Trace & Jazz à Vienne
With support : IMM | L’Agence Musicale | La Maison du Duke | Jazz à Vienne
Release date : 17-09-2012