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Ellington's Singers

Geoffrey Smith presents a personal journey, taking in great musicians and great music. He surveys the contribution made by Duke Ellington's vocalists including Ivie Anderson.

Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, a personal journey taking in great musicians and great music.
Duke Ellington's singers have often been overshadowed by his great instrumental soloists. But tonight Geoffrey Smith surveys the contribution vocalists like Ivie Anderson made to the unique "Ellington effect".
email: gsj@bbc.co.uk.

1 hour

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Sun 27 Apr 2014 00:00

Music Played

  • Duke Ellington

    Creole Love Call

    Performer: Adelaide Hall. Performer: Bubber Miley. Performer: Rudy Jackson.
    • Blue Feeling.
    • The Glass Gramophone Co Ltd.
    • 2.
  • Duke Ellington

    It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing

    Performer: Ivie Anderson. Performer: Tricky Sam Nanton. Performer: Johnny Hodges. Performer: Harry Carney.
    • THE DEFINITIVE.
    • COLUMBIA/LEGACY.
    • 8.
  • Duke Ellington

    Stormy Weather

    Performer: Ivie Anderson. Performer: Ben Webster.
    • Duke Ellington Presents Ivie Anderson.
    • Columbia.
    • 7.
  • Duke Ellington

    I've Got To Be A Rug-Cutter

    Performer: Ivie Anderson. Performer: Harry Carney. Performer: Hayes Alvis. Performer: Rex Stewart. Performer: Barney Bigard. Performer: Johnny Hodges.
    • Duke Ellington Presents Ivie Anderson.
    • Columbia.
    • 6.
  • Duke Ellington

    I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good

    Performer: Ivie Anderson. Performer: Johnny Hodges. Performer: Barney Bigard.
    • DUKE ELLINGTON: THE BLANTON-WEBSTER BAND.
    • RCA.
    • 20.
  • Duke Ellington

    Rocks In My Bed

    Performer: Ivie Anderson. Performer: Johnny Hodges. Performer: Barney Bigard.
    • DUKE ELLINGTON: THE BLANTON-WEBSTER BAND.
    • RCA.
    • 4.
  • Duke Ellington

    Bli-Blip

    Performer: Ray Nance. Performer: Tricky Sam Nanton. Performer: Ben Webster. Performer: Jimmy Blanton.
    • DUKE ELLINGTON: THE BLANTON-WEBSTER BAND.
    • RCA.
    • 5.
  • Duke Ellington

    Flamingo

    Performer: Herb Jeffries. Performer: Billy Strayhorn.
    • Duke Ellington: the Blanton-Webster Band.
    • RCA.
    • 8.
  • Duke Ellington

    The Blues

    Performer: Al Sears. Performer: Joya Sherrill.
    • Black, Brown and Beige.
    • Bluebird.
    • 3.
  • Duke Ellington

    Blue Light

    Performer: Kay Davis. Performer: Lawrence Brown. Performer: Barney Bigard.
    • BLUE FEELING.
    • PAST PERFECT.
    • 21.
  • Duke Ellington

    Transblucency

    Performer: Kay Davis. Performer: Jimmy Hamilton. Performer: Lawrence Brown.
    • Black, Brown and Beige.
    • Bluebird.
    • 1.
  • Duke Ellington

    Don't Get Around Much Anymore

    Performer: Al Hibbler. Performer: Ray Nance. Performer: Johnny Hodges.
    • Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits.
    • Columbia.
    • 2.
  • Billy Strayhorn

    Take the A' Train

    Performer: Duke Ellington. Performer: Ray Nance.
    • Ellington Uptown.
    • Columbia/Legacy.
    • 3.
  • Duke Ellington

    Heaven

    Performer: Alice Babs. Performer: Johnny Hodges.
    • Second Sacred Concert.
    • United Artists.
    • 3.

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