Dango @ Cranston, RI

Dango @ Rhodes on Pawtuxet River – Dec ’46

2nd December Cranston, Rhode Island – Rhodes-On-The-Pawtuxet (15,000 sq ft Ballroom}

Under Ellington’s leadership in the State of Rhode Island, at “Rhodes on the Pawtuxet” Ballroom in Cranston.  The State of Rhode Island had, of course, been the scene of one of Ellington’s most significant — and certainly most publicized – triumphs, some 30-miles to the East of Newport.  One evening at Newport Jazz Festival in 1956 the Band were inspired by Paul Gonsalves’ driving 27 Chorus bridge on “Diminuendo in Blue & Crescendo in Blue”.

1923Rhodes on the Pawtuxet

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet River – At least once a month in the late 50’s you could go dancing to a really Big Band.  Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington. Dave Brubeck, Lester Lanin, Gene Krupa, Terry Gibbs etc.

Originally consisting of a series of buildings, including a Stateroom, Pavilion, & Waterfront facilities, today only a Ballroom & Gazebo survive