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Duke Ellington

Beginning in the 1940s, Duke Ellington devoted his main creative energies to composing suites, based on his impressions of places and themes. Geoffrey Smith highlights Ellingtonian images ranging from the Deep South to the Far East, Shakespeare and H.M. the Queen.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Duke Ellington & Duke Ellington

    Balcony Serenade

    • The Indespensable.
    • RCA.
    • 4.
  • Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington & Junior Raglin

    Dancers In Love

    • Black, Brown & Beige.
    • Bluebird.
    • 12.
  • Duke Ellington & Duke Ellington

    Happy Go Lucky Local

    • La Grande Histoire du Jazz.
    • Le Chant du Monde.
    • 6.
  • Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington & The Duke Ellington Orchestra

    Such Sweet Thunder

    • SUCH SWEET THUNDER.
    • COLUMBIA/LEGACY.
    • 1.
  • Duke Ellington

    Half the Fun

    • Such Sweet Thunder.
    • Columbia.
    • 11.
  • Duke Ellington & Duke Ellington

    The Single Petal of A Rose

    • The Queen's Suite.
    • PABLO.
    • 5.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Misfit Blues

    • The Great Paris Concert.
    • Atlantic Jazz.
    • 9.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Schwiphti

    • The Great Paris Concert.
    • Atlantic Jazz.
    • 10.
  • Duke Ellington

    Agra

    • The Far East Suite.
    • Bluebird.
    • 7.
  • Duke Ellington & Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Ad Lib On Nippon

    • The Far East Suite.
    • Bluebird.
    • 9.
  • Duke Ellington & Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    The Sleeping Lady And The Giant Who Watches Over Here

    • Latin American Suite.
    • Original Jazz Classics.
    • 5.

Performers:

   Title:  Balcony Serenade  
   Artist: Duke Ellington 
   Composer: Billy Strayhorn 
   Album Title: The Indispensable  
   Label: RCA Catalogue No: NL 89972 
   Duration: 03’05 
   Performers: Shelton Hemphill, James ‘Taft’ Jordan, Cat Anderson, Ray Nance, trumpet;  Tricky Sam Nanton, Claude Jones, Lawrence Brown, trombone; Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick, alto saxophone; Al Sears, tenor saxophone; Jimmy Hamilton, clarinet, tenor saxophone; Harry Carney, baritone saxophone; Duke Ellington, piano; Fred Guy, guitar; Alvin ‘Junior’ Raglin, bass; Sonny Greer, drums.

   Title:  Dancers in Love  
   Artist: Duke Ellington
   Composers: Duke Ellington  
   Album Title: The Indispensable
   Label: RCA Catalogue No: NL 89972
   Duration: 02’16 
   Performers: Shelton Hemphill, James ‘Taft’ Jordan, Cat Anderson, Ray Nance, trumpet; Tricky Sam Nanton, Claude Jones, Lawrence Brown, trombone; Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick, alto saxophone; Al Sears, tenor saxophone; Jimmy Hamilton, clarinet, tenor saxophone; Harry Carney, baritone saxophone; Duke Ellington, piano; Fred Guy, guitar; Alvin ‘Junior’ Raglin, bass; Sonny Greer, drums.

   Title:  Happy Go Lucky Local  
   Artist: Duke Ellington 
   Composers: Edward Kennedy/Mercer Ellington 
   Album Title: La Grande Histoire du Jazz 
   Label: Le Chant du Monde Catalogue No: 5741918ADD7645 
   Duration: 05’27 
   Performers: Taft Jordan, Harold ‘Shorty’ Baker, Ray Nance, Shelton Hemphill, Cat Anderson, trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones, Wilbur De Paris, trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, clarinet, tenor saxophone; Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone; Russell Procope, alto saxophone, clarinet; Al Sears, tenor saxophone; Harry Carney, baritone saxophone, clarinet; Duke Ellington, piano; Fred Guy, guitar; Oscar Pettiford, bass; Sonny Greer, drums.

   Title:  Such Sweet Thunder  
   Artist: Duke Ellington
   Composers: Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn
   Album Title: Such Sweet Thunder
   Label: Columbia Catalogue No: CK-65568 
   Duration:  03’19
   Performers: Duke Ellington, piano; Jimmy Hamilton, clarinet, tenor saxophone; Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, alto saxophones; Paul Gonsalves, tenor saxophone; Harry Carney, baritone saxophone; William ‘Cat’ Anderson, Willie Cook, Ray Nance, Clark Terry, trumpets; Quentin Jackson, John Sanders, Britt Woodman, trombones; Jimmy Woode, bass; Sam Woodyard, drums.

   Title:  Half the fun  
   Artist: Duke Ellington
   Composers: Duke Ellington
   Album Title: Such Sweet Thunder
   Label: Columbia/Legacy Catalogue No: CK-65568
   Duration: 04’16
   Performers:  Duke Ellington, piano; Jimmy Hamilton, clarinet, tenor saxophone; Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, alto saxophones; Paul Gonsalves, tenor saxophone; Harry Carney, baritone saxophone; William ‘Cat’ Anderson, Willie Cook, Ray Nance, Clark Terry, trumpets; Quentin Jackson, John Sanders, Britt Woodman, trombones; Jimmy Woode, bass; Sam Woodyard, drums.

   Title:  The Single Petal of a Rose  
   Artist: Duke Ellington 
   Composers: Duke Ellington  
   Album Title: The Queen's Suite 
   Label: PABLO Catalogue No: PACD-2405 401-2 
   Duration: 04’04 
   Performers: Duke Ellington, piano; Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Shorty Baker, Ray Nance, trumpets; Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders, trombones; Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, reeds; Jimmy Woode, bass; Jimmy Johnson, drums.
 
   Title:  Misfit Blues  
   Artist: Duke Ellington
   Composers: Duke Ellington
   Album Title: The Great Paris Concert
   Label: Atlantic  Catalogue No: 7567813032-2
   Duration: 03’37
   Performers: Duke Ellington, piano; Cootie Williams, Cat Anderson & Roy Burrowes, trumpets; Ray Nance, cornet; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper & Chuck Connors, trombones; Johnny Hodges, alto saxphone; Russell Procope, clarinet & alto saxophone; Jimmy Hamilton, clarinet & tenor saxophone; Paul Gonsalves, tenor saxophone; Harry Carney, baritone saxophone & clarinets; Ernie Shepard, bass; Sam Woodyard, drums.

   Title:  Schwiphti  
   Artist:  Duke Ellington
   Composers: Duke Ellington
   Album Title: The Great Paris Concert
   Label: Atlantic  Catalogue No: 7567813032-2
   Duration: 02’51
   Performers: Duke Ellington, piano; Cootie Williams, Cat Anderson & Roy Burrowes, trumpets; Ray Nance, cornet; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper & Chuck Connors, trombones; Johnny Hodges, alto saxphone; Russell Procope, clarinet & alto saxophone; Jimmy Hamilton, clarinet & tenor saxophone; Paul Gonsalves, tenor saxophone; Harry Carney, baritone saxophone & clarinets; Ernie Shepard, bass; Sam Woodyard, drums.

   Title:  Agra  
   Artist: Duke Ellington
   Composers: Duke Ellington
   Album Title: The Far East Suite
   Label: Bluebird  Catalogue No: 078636-655 
   Duration: 02’34
   Performers: Duke Ellington, piano; Cat Anderson, Herbie Jones, Mercer Ellington, Cootie Williams, trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Chuck Connors, Buster Cooper,trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, clarinet and saxophones, Jon Lamb, bass; Rusus Jones, drums.

   Title  Ad Lib in Nippon  
   Artist: Duke Ellington  
   Composers: Duke Ellington  
   Album Title: The Far East Suite
   Label: Bluebird Catalogue No: 078636-655 
   Duration: 11’34 
   Performers: Duke Ellington, piano; Cat Anderson, Herbie Jones, Mercer Ellington, Cootie Williams, trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Chuck Connors, Buster Cooper,trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, clarinet and saxophones, Jon Lamb, bass; Rusus Jones, drums

   Title:  The Sleeping Lady and the Giant Who Watches Over Here  
   Artist: Duke Ellington  
   Composers: Duke Ellington 
   Album Title: Latin American Suite 
   Label: Original Jazz Classics Catalogue No: OJC20-469-2 
   Duration: 07’24 
   Performers: Cat Anderson, Willie Cook, Mercer Ellington, Cootie Williams – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper – trombone; Chuck Connors - bass trombone; Johnny Hodges - alto saxophone; Russell Procope - alto saxophone, clarinet; Paul Gonsalves, tenor saxophone; Harold Ashby - tenor saxophone, clarinet; Harry Carney - baritone saxophone; Jeff Castleman, bass; Rufus Jones - drums

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