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Early Ellington Recordings

Duke Ellington's biographer Harvey Cohen joins Alyn Shipton to select highlights from the composer and pianist's 1920s and 30s recordings, including jungle music and small groups.

Duke Ellington's biographer Harvey Cohen joins Alyn Shipton to select highlights from the 1920s and 30s recordings.

From the Cotton Club to national icon, author Harvey Cohen traces Ellington's finest output from the decade starting in 1928. He guides Alyn Shipton through jungle music, the first extended works and the finest Ducal small groups, as well as offering insights from his recent book 'Duke Ellington's America'.

1 hour

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Sat 5 Jun 2010 16:00

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  • The Duke Ellington Orchestra

    Black Beauty

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Bubber Miley, Artie Whetsol, tp; Joe Nanton, tb; Otto Hardwick, Harry Carney, Barney Bigard, reeds; Fred Guy, bj; Duke Ellington, p; Wellman Braud, b; Sonny Greer, d. NYC, 26 March 1928.

    • Masterpieces, 1926-1949.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 25 CD 1.
  • The Duke Ellington Orchestra

    A Nite at the Cotton Club, Part 1: Cotton Club Stomp

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Artie Whetsol, Freddie Jenkins, Cootie Williams, tp; Joe Nanton, tb; Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Barney Bigard, reeds; Fred Guy, bj; Duke Ellington, p; Wellman Braud, b; Sonny Greer, d; Irving Mills, speech; NYC, 12 April 1929.

    • Duke Ellington: The Centennial Edition.
    • RCA Victor.
    • RCOJ 63458-2 CD 3.
  • The Duke Ellington Orchestra

    Dicty Glide

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Artie Whetsol, Freddie Jenkins, Cootie Williams, tp; Joe Nanton, tb; Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Barney Bigard, reeds; Fred Guy, bj; Duke Ellington, p; Wellman Braud, b; Sonny Greer, d. NYC, 7 March 1929.

    • Jubilee Stomp.
    • Bluebird.
    • 74321101532.
  • The Duke Ellington Orchestra

    Hot Feet

    Composer: Fields, McHugh Performers: Artie Whetsol, Freddie Jenkins, Cootie Williams, tp; Joe Nanton, tb; Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Barney Bigard, reeds; Fred Guy, bj; Duke Ellington, p; Wellman Braud, b; Sonny Greer, d; Cootie Williams, voc. NYC, 7 March 1929.

    • Jungle Nights in Harlem 1927-1932.
    • Bluebird.
    • 2499-2 RB.
  • Duke Ellington and His Orchestra with The Rhythm Boys

    Three Little Words

    Composer: Ruby / Kalmar Performers: Bing Crosby, Harry Barris, Al Rinker, voc; Artie Whetsol, Freddie Jenkins, Cootie Williams, tp; Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Barney Bigard, reeds; Fred Guy, bj; Duke Ellington, p; Wellman Braud, b; Sonny Greer, d. Hollywood, 26 Aug 1930.

    • Duke Ellington: The Centennial Edition.
    • RCA Victor.
    • RCOJ 63458-2 CD 4.
  • The Duke Ellington Orchestra

    Stompy Jones

    Composer: Duke Ellington Performers: Artie Whetsol, Freddie Jenkins, Cootie Williams, Louis Bacon, tp; Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Barney Bigard, Otto Hardwick, reeds; Fred Guy, g; Duke Ellington, p; Wellman Braud, b; Sonny Greer, d. Chicago, 9 Jan 1934.

    • Masterpieces, 1926 - 1949.
    • Properbox.
    • Properbox 25 CD 2.
  • The Duke Ellington Orchestra

    Reminiscing In Tempo (Final Part)

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Artie Whetsol, Cootie Williams, tp; Rex Stewart, crnt; Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Barney Bigard, Otto Hardwick, reeds; Fred Guy, g; Duke Ellington, p; Hayes Alvis, Billy Taylor, b; Sonny Greer, d. 12 Sept 1935.

    • Creole Rhapsody: Duke Ellington in the 30s.
    • ASV Living Era.
    • 2015 CD 2.
  • Ivie Anderson With Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra

    Kissin' My Baby Goodnight

    Composer: David / Meyer / Wendling Performers: Artie Whetsol, Cootie Williams, t; Rex Stewart, c; Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Barney Bigard, Pete Clark, reeds; Fred Guy, g; Duke Ellington, p; Hayes Alvis, Billy Taylor, b; Sonny Greer, d; Ivie Anderson, v. 28 Feb 1936.

    • Ivie Anderson With Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra.
    • EPM.
    • JA157352.
  • The Duke Ellington Orchestra

    Steppin' Into Swing Society

    Composer: Ellington / Nemo Performers: Wallace Jones, Shorty Baker, Cootie Williams, t; Rex Stewart, c; Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown, tb; Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Barney Bigard, Otto Hardwick, reeds; Fred Guy, g; Duke Ellington, p; Hayes Alvis, Billy Taylor, b; Sonny Greer, d. 13 Jan 1938

    • Masterpieces, 1926-1949.
    • Proper.
    • Properbox 25 CD 2.
  • Cootie Williams & His Rug Cutters

    Echoes of Harlem

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Cootie Williams, tp; Joe Nanton, tb; Johnny Hodges, ss, as; Barney Bigard, cl; Harry Carney, bar; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Billy Taylor, b; Sonny Greer, d. 19 Jan 1938.

    • The Duke’s Men, Vol. 1.
    • Columbia.
    • C2K-46995 CD 2.
  • Johnny Hodges and His Orchestra

    Wanderlust

    Composer: Ellington / Hodges Performers: Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, tn; Johnny Hodges, as; Harry Carney, bar; Duke Ellington p; Billy Taylor, b; Sonny Greer, d. 19 Dec 1938.

    • Hodge Podge.
    • Columbia Legacy.
    • EK 66972.
  • The Duke Ellington Orchestra

    Blue Light (Transblucency)

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Wallace Jones, Cootie Williams, t; Rex Stewart, c; Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Barney Bigard, Otto Hardwick, reeds; Fred Guy, g; Duke Ellington, p; Billy Taylor, b; Sonny Greer, d.

    • Creole Rhapsody: Duke Ellington in the 30s.
    • ASV Living Era.
    • AJS 2015 CD 2.

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