The scene: July 7, 1956, the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island. Duke Ellington's band is weathering a rare slump. With public interest waning, tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves starts to play the obligatory solo, when a woman in the front row starts dancing. That spontaneous act inspires Gonsalves to improvise the landmark 28-chorus solo that bridges the gap between "Diminuendo in Blue" and "Crescendo in... More >>>