Videos of Don Elliott


On the Internet:

Tribute to Don Elliott

Don's son, Dean, produced this video to be shown at a tribute concert.


Elliott played trumpet, mellophone, and vibraphone in an episode of the television program, The Subject is Jazz that aired on May 24, 1958 at 5PM (more info). The group in this episode also included Lee Konitz, Billy Taylor, Warne Marsh, Mundell Lowe, Ed Safranski, and Ed Thigpen.

The Subject is Jazz - Cool - Godchild

  • "Godchild" - starts at 1:35
    • Don plays the head at the beginning on trumpet (you can see his mellophone on the floor) 
    • He takes a trumpet solo at 2:49.
    • He plays the head on trumpet at 3:57

The Subject is Jazz - Cool - Half Nelson

  • "Half Nelson"
    • Elliott plays the head at the beginning on trumpet
    • He plays a mellophone solo using his custom bell-front mellophone
    • He plays the head on mellophone

Ever So Easy

  • "Ever So Easy" - starts at 0:28
    • Don Elliott plays the melody on vibraphone at the beginning.
    • He then takes the first solo (on vibraphone) at 1:13
    • Don plays the head on trumpet at 2:33
    • He then plays the head on vibraphone at 3:02

Geneva's Move

  • "Geneva's Move"
    • Don plays the head on mellophone at the beginning.
    • Don takes a mellophone solo
    • He then plays the head out

There are also several videos of Elliott as a vibraphonist with the George Shearing Quintet.

George Shearing Quintet - Swedish Pastry

"Conception" - Elliott has a vibraphone solo.

 

George Shearing Quintet - Conception

"Swedish Pastry" - Elliott has a solo at 1:09

George Shearing Quintet - Move

"Move" - Elliott has a solo at 0:59 (Compare this to the above video of "Geneva's Move")

George Shearing Quintet - I'll Be Around

"I'll Be Around" - Elliott does not have a solo


George Shearing Quintet - I'll Never Smile Again

"I'll Never Smile Again" - starts at 9:43 - Elliott does not have a solo

Dinah Washington "All of Me"

Don Elliott plays mellophone in this video. You can only see him for a few seconds, starting at 0:45. For a much better recording, see the DVD, "Jazz on a Summer's Day" (http://www.amazon.com/%C3%82-Mahalia-Thelonious-Washington-Mulligan-Armstrong/dp/B00003OSU4).

Not on the Internet:
 I have not yet found footage of these episodes. If you have any information regarding these, or any other videos of Don Elliott, please contact me at Eliott@EliottOnElliott.com.