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Tribute to
Duke Ellington


These tributes feature outstanding Ducal performances from 78 rpm discs, a restored STEREO recording from 1932, and some of the finest recent Trad Jazz bands performing his music.


In 1999 JAZZ RHYTHM celebrated the Centenary of Duke Ellington's birth,
April 29, 1899.


Besides Ellington recordings ranging from 1929 to the early 1970s you will hear the recollections of Mercer Ellington, Rex Stewart and the Duke read by actors Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, and voice actor Joe Hughes.

ELLINGTON 1999 Pt 1A.mp3
BLACK BEAUTY  --  Tomas Ornberg’s Blue Five, 1981
SATURDAY NIGHT FUNCTION  --  Chicago Rhythm, 1982
SATURDAY NIGHT FUNCTION  --  rare 78 RPM, 1929
DOIN THE VOOM VOOM  --  rare  78 RPM, 1929
DOIN’ THE VOOM VOOM  --  Papa Bue’s Viking Jazz Band, New Orleans, 1969
MEDLEY: Ellington in Stereo 1932:
    EAST ST. LOUIS TOODLE-OO 
    LOTS O’ FINGERS
    BLACK AND TAN FANTASY

ELLINGTON 1999 Pt 1B.mp3
RENT PARTY BLUES  --  Tomas Ornberg’s Blue Five, 1981
ITS GLORY --  rare 78 RPM, 1931
MISTY MORNING  --  rare 78 RPM, 1928
MISTY MORNING  --  Black Eagle Jazz Band, 1984
THE DUKE STEPS OUT  --  rare 78 RPM, 1929
DUCKY WUCKY  --  rare  78 RPM, 1932
SWEET JAZZ O’MINE  --  rare 78 RPM, 1930

(NOTE: Part Two in this series is temporarily missing in action.)


You'll find three more programs of Duke Ellington live, here.
  


Part 3 features the more impressionistic, symphonic and experimental recordings of Ellington from later years.


(All selections are Duke Ellington, piano, composer and arranger, with Billy Strayhorn, accompanied by various ensembles.)

ELLINGTON 1999 Pt 3A.mp3
NIGHT CREATURE (Movements 1-3)  --  with symphony orchestra, Stockholm & Paris, c.1963
SUCH SWEET THUNDER  --  Stratford, Ontario] 1957
TANG  --  1971
IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD  --   . . . soloist Stephane Grappelli, 1976
STEVIE  --  . . . & John Coltrane, 1962
WEST INDIAN PANCAKE  --   . . .  featuring Paul Gonsalves, n.d

ELLINGTON 1999 Pt 3B.mp3
SUGAR RUM CHERRY  -  (Tchaikovsky arr. Ellington/Strayhorn), 1960
CHINOISERIE (Chinese Dance)   --   (Tchaikovsky arr. Ellington/Strayhorn), 1960
SONNET IN SEARCH OF A MOOR  --  [Shakespeare Festival]  1957
ZWEET ZURSDAY  --  from “Suite Thursday,” 1962
FRAGMENTED SUITE FOR PIANO & BASS (first movement)  --  duet  w/ Ray Brown, bass, 1973
AFRIQUE  --  “Afro-Eurasian Eclipse” 1971
    


Part 4 focuses on stellar Ellingtonians: saxist, Ben Webster, triple-threat Ray Nance playing trumpet, violin and singing, and Mercer Ellington's recollections of bassist Wellman Braud.

(All selections are Duke Ellington and his Orchestra.)


ELLINGTON 1999 Pt 4A.mp3
ROCKIN’ IN RHYTHM  --  1930
KINDA DUKISH/ROCKIN’ IN RHYTHM  --  LONDON 1963
HARLEM AIRSHAFT  --  1940
MOOD INDIGO  --  1930
BLACK AND TAN FANTASY  --  1927
DEAR OLD SOUTHLAND  --  1933
OLD MAN BLUES  --  1930
DOUBLE CHECK STOMP  --  1930

ELLINGTON 1999 Pt 4B.mp3
PORTRAIT OF WELLMAN BRAUD  --  1970
HONEYSUCKLE ROSE  --  Ray Nance feat. vln.;  Fargo N. Dakota Live, 1940
WHAM REBOP BOOM BAM  -- Ray Nance  voc; Fargo N. Dakota Live, 1940
COTTONTAIL  --  1940
PERDIDO  --  1942
CONGA BRAVA  --  1940
ROCKIN’ IN RHYTHM  --  1930
   


Part 5 highlights vocalist Ivie Anderson; Johnny Hodges, alto sax; bassist Jimmy Blanton and the recollections of trumpeter Rex Stewart.

(All selections Duke Ellington and his Orchestra except where noted.)

ELLINGTON 1999 Pt 5A.mp3
CARNIVAL IN CAROLINE  --  Ivie Anderson, vocal,  4/38, live at the Cotton Club
OH BABE, MAYBE SOMEDAY  --  Ivie Anderson, vocal, 3/38, live at the Cotton Club
STORMY WEATHER  --  Ivie Anderson, vocal, 1940
KILLIN’ MYSELF  --  Ive Anderson, vocal, 1939
HODGE PODGE  --  Johnny Hodges and his Orchestra, 1938
THE GAL FROM JOE’s  --  Johnny Hodges w/ Billy Strayhorn & Orchestra,
1961
JEEP’S BLUES  --  Johnny Hodges w/ Billy Strayhorn & Orchestra, 1961
JEEP’S BLUES  --  Johnny Hodges and his Orchestra, 1938
WARM VALLEY  --  1940

ELLINGTON 1999 Pt 5B.mp3
PORTRAIT OF SIDNEY BECHET  --  c. 1970
BOJANGLES  --  1940
PITTER PANTHER PATTER  --  duet with Jimmy Blanton bass, Ellington, piano
MOBILE BAY  --  Rex Stewart and his Orch, 1940
CARAVAN  --  Live at the Cotton Club, 3/37
HARMONY IN HARLEM  --  Live at the Cotton Club, 5/38
    


You'll find three more programs of Duke Ellington live, here.
 














The One,
The Only


Ellington

by
Mark Ulriksen