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Duke Ellington Band

Geoffrey Smith gets 2014 off to a regal start with classic tracks by the 1930s Duke
Ellington band, crowned by his epic performance of "Diminuendo and Crescendo
in Blue" from the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Duke Ellington

    Echoes of the Jungle

    Performer: Freddy Jenkins, Arthur Whetsel, Cootie Williams, t; Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as, ss, cl;. Performer: Harry Carney, bs, cl, as; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, bj, g; Wellman Braud, b; Sonny Greer, d. 16 June 1931.

    Composer: Williams, Mills

    • Blue Feeling.
    • Past Perfect.
    • PPCD 78103 Tr9 (3.28).
  • Duke Ellington

    It's Glory

    Performer: Freddy Jenkins, Arthur Whetsel, Cootie Williams, t; Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as, ss, cl;. Performer: Harry Carney, bs, cl, as; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, bj, g; Wellman Braud, b; Sonny Greer, d. 17 July 1931.

    Composer: Williams, Ellington

    • Jubilee Stomp.
    • Bluebird.
    • 74231101532 Tr12 (3.10).
  • Duke Ellington

    Solitude

    Performer: Louis Bacon, Freddy Jenkins, Arthur Whetsel, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as, ss. Performer: Otto Hardwick, as, cl, bsx; Harry Carney, bs, cl, as: Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Wellman Braud, b; Sonny Greer, d. 10 January 1934.

    Composer: Ellington, De Lange, Mills

    • The Duke Plays Ellington Vol 1.
    • Topaz.
    • TPZ 1029 Tr12 (3.24).
  • Duke Ellington

    Daybreak Express

    Performer: Louis Bacon, Freddy Jenkins, Arthur Whetsel, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as, ss;. Performer: Otto Hardwick, as, cl, bsx; Harry Carney, bs, cl, as: Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Wellman Braud, b; Sonny Greer, d. 4 December 1933.

    Composer: Ellington

    • Highlights from the Duke Ellington Centennial Edition.
    • RCA.
    • RCDJ-63458-2 D1, Tr13 (2.54).
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Reminiscing in Tempo – Part 4

    Performer: Rex Stewart, c; Arthur Whetsel, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as, ss. Performer: Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Harry Carney, bs, cl, as: Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Hayes Alvis, Billy Taylor, b; Sonny Greer, d. 12 September 1935.

    Composer: Ellington, Mills

    • Duke Ellington 1935 - 1936.
    • Classics.
    • Classics659 Tr17 (3.11).
  • Duke Ellington

    Echoes of Harlem

    Performer: Rex Stewart, c; Arthur Whetsel, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as, ss. Performer: Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Harry Carney, bs, cl, as: Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Billy Taylor, b; Sonny Greer, d. 27 February 1936.

    Composer: Ellington

    • Duke Ellington 1935 - 1936.
    • Classics.
    • Classics659 Tr23 (3.01).
  • Duke Ellington

    I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart

    Performer: Freddy Jenkins, Wallace Jones, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Herb Fleming, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as, ss. Performer: Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Harry Carney, bs, cl, as; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Hayes Alvis, Billy Taylor, b; Sonny Greer, d. 3 March 1938.

    Composer: Ellington, Nemo, Mills, Redmond

    • The Essential Duke Ellington.
    • Columbia/Legacy.
    • 517643 2 D2, Tr1 (3.04).
  • Duke Ellington

    Battle of Swing

    Performer: Rex Stewart, c; Wallace Jones, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as, ss; Otto Hardwick, as, cl. Performer: Harry Carney, bs, cl, as; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Billy Taylor, b; Sonny Greer, d. 19 December 1938.

    Composer: Ellington

    • Duke Ellington 1938 vol.3.
    • Classics.
    • Classics726 (1); Tr18 (2.58).
  • Duke Ellington

    Blue Light

    Performer: Rex Stewart, c; Wallace Jones, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as, ss;. Performer: Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Harry Carney, bs, cl, as; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Billy Taylor, b; Sonny Greer, d. 22 December 1938.

    Composer: Ellington

    • Blue Feeling.
    • Past Perfect.
    • PPCD 78103 Tr21 (2.41).
  • Duke Ellington

    The Sergeant was Shy

    Performer: Duke Ellington, p, dir; Wallace Jones, Cootie Williams, t; Rex Stewart, c; Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Juan Tizol, tb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts. Performer: Johnny Hodges, as, ss; Harry Carney, Otto Hardwicke, as, bs; Billy Taylor, b; Sonny Greer, d. 28 September 1939.

    Composer: Ellington

    • Les Tresors du Jazz.
    • Chant du Monde.
    • 5741120110 (10) D8, Tr5 (2.40).
  • Stan Tracey

    Sophisticated Lady

    Performer: Stan Tracey, p. 30 November 1993.

    Composer: Ellington

    • Live at the QEH.
    • Blue Note.
    • 7243 8 31139 2 7 Tr9 (6.16).
  • Duke Ellington

    Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue

    Performer: Cat Anderson, Willie Cook, Ray Nance, Clark Terry, t; Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman, tb; John Sanders, vtb; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, cl, as;. Performer: Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, cl, bs; Duke Ellington, p; Jimmy Woode, b; Sam Woodyard, d. 7 July 1956.

    Composer: Ellington

    • Ellington at Newport 1956.
    • Columbia.
    • C2K64932 (2); D1, Tr. 19 (14.20).

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