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Duke Ellington

Geoffrey Smith explores the unique, colourful and imaginative keyboard style of pianist Duke Ellington, in solos and ensembles large and small.

It's a jazz truism that, though Duke Ellington played piano, his real instrument was his band. But it's also true that he had a great and unique keyboard style, as full of colour and imagination as his orchestrations. Geoffrey Smith Jazz will present the full glory of Ellington the pianist, in solos and ensembles large and small.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Duke Ellington

    Soda Fountain Rag

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Duke Ellington, p. 1972

    • Live at The Witney.
    • Impulse.
    • IMP11732 (1); Tr.6.
  • Duke Ellington

    Swampy River

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Duke Ellington, p. October 1928

    • Blue Feeling.
    • Past Perfect.
    • PPCD 78103. Tr.5.
  • Duke Ellington

    Back Room Romp

    Composer: R Stewart, Ellington Performers: Duke Ellington, p; Rex Stewart, c; Freddy Jenkins, t; Johnny Hodges, as; Harry Carney, cl, bs; Brick Fleagle, g; Hayes Alvis, b; Jack Maisel, d. July 1937

    • Ken Burns Jazz.
    • Columbia/Legacy.
    • 5010304 2. Tr.13.
  • Duke Ellington

    Dancers in Love

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Duke Ellington, p; Junior Raglin, b. 1945

    • Black, Brown & Beige.
    • Bluebird.
    • PD86641 (3), CD2, T.12.
  • The Duke Ellington Trio

    Frankie and Johnny

    Composer: Jack A. Benarty, arr. Ellington Performers: Duke Ellington, p; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d. May 1945

    • Ellington Plays the Blues.
    • HMV.
    • 7EG8129 S1 / T2.
  • Duke Ellington

    The Minor Goes Muggin'

    Composer: Sy Oliver Performers: Duke Ellington, p; Gerry Goff, Mickey Mangano, George Seaberg, Charlie Shavers, t; Dorsey, Karl de Karske, Tex Satterwhite, Dick Noel, tb; Gus Bivona, c, as; Sid Cooper, as; Babe Fresk, Vido Musso, ts; Bruce Branson, as, bs; Bob Bain, g; Sid Block, b; Buddy Rich, d. String section (14 violins; 2 violas; 2 cellos) May 1945

    • The Best of Ellington.
    • RCA Victor.
    • 09026 63459 2. Tr.12.
  • Duke Ellington

    The Clothed Woman

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Duke Ellington, p; Harold Baker, t; Johnny Hodges, as; Harry Carney, bs; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d. December 1947

    • Masterpieces 1926 - 1949.
    • Proper.
    • 1200. D4, Tr.22.
  • Duke Ellington

    Tonk

    Composer: Billy Strayhorn Performers: Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn p. October 1946

    • Highlights from the Duke Ellington Centennial Edition.
    • RCA.
    • RCDJ-63458-2. D2, Tr. 17.
  • Duke Ellington

    Lotus Blossom

    Composer: Billy Strayhorn Performers: Duke Ellington, p. August 1967

    • …And His Mother Called Him Bill.
    • Bluebird.
    • ND86287 (1); Tr. 9.
  • Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington

    I'm Just a Lucky So and So

    Composer: Ellington and M. David Performers: Louis Armstrong, v; Duke Ellington, p; Mort Herbert, b; Danny Barcelona, d. April 1961

    • The Great Summit – The Master Takes.
    • Roulette.
    • 7243 5 24547 2 3. Tr. 2.
  • Duke Ellington

    The Single Petal of a Rose

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Duke Ellington, p. May 1964

    • The Great Concerts: London & New York.
    • Nimbus.
    • N127045 (2); D2, Tr. 13.
  • Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges

    Stompy Jones

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Duke Ellington, p; Johnny Hodges, as; Harry Sweets Edison, t; Les Spann, g; Al Hall, b; Jo Jones, d. February 1959.

    • Side By Side.
    • Verve.
    • 521 405-2. Tr. 1.
  • Duke Ellington

    Ad Lib on Nippon

    Composer: Ellington Performers: Duke Ellington, p; Cootie Williams, William Cat Anderson, t; Mercer Ellington, Herbie Jones, t, flhn; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, Chuck Connors, tb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, bs; John Lamb, b; Rufus Jones, d. December 1966

    • The Far East Suite – Special Mix.
    • Bluebird.
    • 07863665512 (1); Tr. 9.

Performers:

SODA FOUNTAIN RAG

Duke Ellington

Composer: Ellington

Album Title: Live at The Witney

Label: Impulse IMP11732

Duration: 1.18

Performer:  Duke Ellington, p. 1972

 

SWAMPY RIVER

Duke Ellington

Composer: Ellington

Album Title: Blue Feeling

Label: Past Perfect PPCD 78103

Duration: 2:50

Performer: Duke Ellington

 

BACK ROOM ROMP

Duke Ellington & his Orchestra

Composer: R Stewart/Ellington

Album Title: Ken Burns Jazz

Label: Columbia/Legacy 5010304

Duration: 2:46

Performers: Duke Ellington, Rex Stewart, Freddy Jenkins, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Brick Fleagle, Hayes Alvis, Jack Maisel

 

DANCERS IN LOVE

Duke Ellington & his Orchestra

Composer: Ellington

Album Title: Black, Brown & Beige

Label: Bluebird 86641

Duration: 2:18

Performers: Duke Ellington, Junior Raglin

 

FRANKIE & JOHNNY

Duke Ellington/Junior Raglin/Sonny Greer

Composer: Jack A. Benarty, arr. Ellington

Album Title: Ellington Plays the Blues

Label: HMV 7EG8129

Duration: 2:40

Performers: Duke Ellington, Junior Raglin, Sonny Greer

 

THE MINOR GOES MUGGIN’

Duke Ellington & his Orchestra

Composer: Sy Oliver

Album Title: The Best of Duke Ellington

Label: RCA Victor 09026 63459

Duration: 3:00

Performers: Duke Ellington, Gerry Goff, Mickey Mangano, George Seaberg, Charlie Shavers, Dorsey, Karl de Karske, Tex Satterwhite, Dick Noel, Gus Bivona, Sid Cooper, Babe Fresk, Vido Musso, Bruce Branson, Bob Bain, Sid Block, Buddy Rich, String section (14 violins; 2 violas; 2 cellos)


THE CLOTHED WOMAN

Duke Ellington

Composer: Ellington

Album Title: Masterpieces 1926 - 1949

Label: Proper 1200                        

Duration: 3:50

Performers: Duke Ellington, Harold Baker, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Junior Raglin, Sonny Greer,

 

TONK

Duke Ellington

Composer: Strayhorn

Album Title: Highlights from the Duke Ellington Centennial Edition

Label: RCA RCDJ-63458-2

Duration: 2:45

Performers: Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn

 

LOTUS BLOSSOM

Duke Ellington

Composer: Billy Strayhorn

Album Title: …And His Mother Called Him Bill

Label: Bluebird ND86287

Duration: 3:54

Performers: Duke Ellington

 

I’M JUST A LUCKY SO & SO

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington

Composer:  Ellington/ M. David

Album Title: The Great Summit – The Master Takes

Label: Roulette 7243 5 24547

Duration: 3:05

Performers: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Mort Herbert, Barney Biggard, Trummy Young

 

 THE SINGLE PETAL OF A ROSE

Duke Ellington

Composer: Ellington

Album Title: The Great Concerts: London & New York

Label: Nimbus N127045

Duration: 2:57

Performers: Duke Ellington

 

STOMPY JONES

Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges

Composer: Ellington

Album: Side By Side

Label: Verve 521 405-2

Duration: 6:36

Performers: Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges, Harry Sweets Edison, Les Spann, Al Hall, Jo Jones,

 

AD LIB ON NIPPON

Duke Ellington

Composer: Ellington

Album: The Far East Suite – Special Mix

Label: Bluebird 07863665512

Duration: 11:32

Performers: Duke Ellington, Cootie Williams, William Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington, Herbie Jones, Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, Chuck Connors, Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, John Lamb, Rufus Jones

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