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A Classic from Duke

Duke Ellington’s orchestra plays its version of the popular part of a Tchaikovsky ballet while Miles Davis and Gil Evans combine to produce a classic sound.

Duke Ellington’s orchestra with its version of the Nutcracker Suite and Kenny Baker and his reformed dozen play a Johnny Hodges composition.

Meanwhile Johnny Hodges also plays a Hodges original and Freddy Hubbard performs his version of Caravan. Miles Davis and Gil Evans get together for that big orchestral sound while vocal group Take 6 sing the only clue that Christmas is just round the corner.

We remember clarinettist Monty Sunshine. He died recently and there are examples of him playing as the leader of the group.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Overture to the Nutcracker Suite

  • Take 6

    It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

  • Danilo Pérez

    Historia de un Amor

  • Carmen Cuesta-Loeb


  • Bill Evans

    Sugar Plum

  • Kenny Baker

    Squatty Roo

  • Johnny Hodges

    Used To Be Duke

  • Jean Gies

    West Coast Blues

  • Freddie Hubbard


  • Antique Six Jazz Band

    East Coast Trot

  • Blossom Dearie

    Dearie's Blues

  • Miles Davis & Gil Evans - Miles Ahead

  • Stan Getz & Bob Brookmeyer - Open Country

  • Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart

    I'm Beginning To See The Light

  • Monty Sunshine

    The Old Rugged Cross

  • Monty Sunshine


  • Terumasa Hina

    Autumn Leaves

  • Booker Ervin

    Cry Me Not

  • Josephine Davies

    Mind Of Change