Duke Ellington, Raconteur Extraordinaire (Podcast #19-005)

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The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



 

pasadena 1953

Monologue (Pretty and the Wolf)  (CD: “The 1953 Pasadena Concert” Vogue 600105)

Recorded 20 March 1953, Pasadena California

Duke Ellington – narrator; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope – clarinet; Harry Carney – bass clarinet; Wendell Marshall – bass; Butch Ballard – drums.


 

drum is a woman
Ballet of the Flying Saucers/Zajj’s Dream (CD: “A Drum Is A Woman” Sony Music Distribution COL4713202)

Recorded 25 September 1956, New York City

Willie Cook, Cat Anderson, Ray Nance – trumpet; Clark Terry – trumpet, flugelhorn; Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders – trombones; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Rick Henderson, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano and narration; Jimmy Woode – bass; Sam Woodyard – drums; Joya Sherrill, Margaret Tynes, Choir – vocals.


 

My People

My People/The Blues (CD: “My People – The Complete Show” Storyville Records 1018430)

Recorded 20, 21 & 27 August 1963, Chicago

Duke Ellington – speech; Bill Berry, Ziggy Harrell, Nat Woodard, Ray Nance – trumpet; Britt Woodman, Booty Wood, John Sanders – trombone; Russell Procope, Rudy Powell, Harold Ashby, Pete Clark, Bob Freedman – reeds; Billy Strayhorn – piano; Joe Benjamin – bass; Louie Bellson – drums; Juan Amalbert – conga; Joya Sherrill – vocal.


yale concert

The Little Purple Flower, Parts I and II (LP: “The Yale Concert” Fantasy Records F9433)

Recorded 26 January 1968, New Haven, Connecticut

Cootie Williams, Cat Anderson, Herbie Jones, Mercer Ellington – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, Chuck Connors – trombone; Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Jeff Castleman – bass; Sam Woodyard – drums.


Concerts in Canada

Chinoiserie (LP: “Concerts in Canada” Special Release of the Canadian Duke Ellington Society commemorating Ellington ’87 may 16 – 18 Toronto)

Recorded 25 May 1973, Winnepeg

Cootie Williams, Mercer Ellington, Harold “Money” Johnson, Johnny Coles – trumpet; Vincente Prudente, Murray McEachern, Chuck Connors – trombone; Russell Procope, Harold Minerve, Harold Ashby, Paul Gonsalves, Doug Harris, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Joe Benjamin – bass; Rufus Jones – drums.


The Clown

Recorded 29 September 1969, UC Berkley

Duke Ellington – narrator; Cootie Williams, Cat Anderson, Willie Cook, Mercer Ellington – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Benny Green, Chuck Connors – trombone; Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Harold Ashby, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds;  Victor Gaskin – bass; Rufus Jones – drums.


 

70th birthday concert

Ellington Final Speech (CD: “Duke Ellington’s 70th Birthday Concert” Solid State SS 19000)

Recorded 26 November 1969, Manchester, England

Cootie Williams, Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington, Rolf Ericson – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Chuck Connors – trombone; Russell Procope, Norris Turney, Johnny Hodges, Harold Ashby, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Victor Gaskin – bass; Rufus Jones – drums.


 

 

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The Treasury Shows, Pt. II (Podcast #19-004)

“In April 1945, Duke Ellington began what was to be the largest single recording project of his career, though it is most unlikely that he or anyone else thought of it in such terms at the time… [He] signed an agreement with the newly formed American Broadcasting Company to broadcast a series of hour-long Saturday afternoon network shows under the title “A Date With The Duke.”… The recordings of these complete broadcasts…make up the largest single block of material in the Ellington discography.”

– Eddie Lambert, A Listener’s Guide – Duke Ellington


 

 



The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



 

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And Now For Something Completely Different…. (Podcast #19-003)

Moon Maiden represents my public debut as a vocalist, but I don’t really sing. I’m a pencil cat. My other number will be I Want To See The Dark Side Of Your Moon, Baby. Everybody dreams about going to the moon, but I have too many obligations here, too many projects I haven’t completed.”

Duke Ellington

Moon




 



The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



 

Intimate Ellington

Moon Maiden (LP: “The Intimate Ellington” Pablo 2310-787)

Recorded  14 July 1969, New York City

Duke Ellington – vocal, celeste.


live and rare

Moon Maiden (CD: “Live and Rare” Bluebird 09026-63953-2)

Recorded 4 September 1969, New York City

Cootie Williams, Willie Cook, Lloyd Michaels – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Benny Green, Chuck Connors – trombone; Norris Turney, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Harold Ashby, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano, vocal; Wild Bill Davis – organ;Paul Kondziela, Victor Gaskin – bass; Rufus Jones – drums.


jump for joy

Black and Tan Fantasy (CD: “Jump for Joy” Jazz Life CD CD 15012)

Recorded 25 May 1962, New York City

Bill Berry, Roy Burrowes, Cat Anderson, Ray Nance – trumpet; Leon Cox, Lawrence Brown, Chuck Connors – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Aaron Bell – bass; Sam Woodyard – drums.


mosiac capitol

Discontented Blues / Once In A Blue Mood (CD: “The Complete Capitol Recordings of Duke Ellington” Mosaic Records MD5-160)

Recorded 19 May 1955, Chicago

Ray Nance – trumpet; Quentin Jackson – trombone; Russell Procope – clarinet, alto sax; Duke Ellington – electric piano; Jimmy Woode – bass; Dave Black – drums.


stereo reflections

(CD: “Duke Ellington: Stereo Reflections In Ellington Natasha Imports ‎– NI-4016)

Stereo Diagram 1Mood Indigo/Hot And Bothered/Creole Love Call

Recorded 3 February 1932, New York City

Stereo Diagram 2East St. Louis Toodle-O/Lot O’ Fingers/Black And Tan Fantasy

Recorded 9 February 1932, New York City

Arthur Whetsel, Freddie Jenkins, Cootie Williams – trumpet; Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol – trombone; Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – banjo; Wellman Braud – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.


— Our closing music —-

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It’s Something You Ought To Know (Paul Gonsalves – “Ellingtonia Moods and Blues,” RCA Victor / RCA63562)

Recorded 29 February 1960, New York City

Paul Gonsalves- tenor sax; Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Ray Nance – cornet; Mitchell “Booty” Wood – trombone; Jimmy Jones – piano; Al Hall – bass; Oliver Jackson – drums.

 

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Portrait of Johnny Hodges, Pt. III (Podcast #19-002)

“You ever drink any cool, clean spring water? You can add things to it, make lemonade, beer, coffee, or what have you, but when you’re thirsty it’s hard to beat it just as it is. And it’s probably better for you than the kind hyped up with chlorine. Well, to me, Johnny [Hodges] was like that spring water – the real thing, unadulterated. He didn’t change either. Maybe he added ideas as he went along, but he was always true to himself.”

Earl “Fatha” Hines


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Johnny Hodges



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1963 Payroll ledger sheet for the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Johnny Hodges (line 12) was the highest paid member of the band.

Click here for a link to hear Johnny Hodges interview by Willis Conover




 



The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



  1. at newport

    Jeep’s Blues (CD: “Ellington at Newport 1956 (Complete)” Columbia Legacy C2K 64932)

    Recorded 07 July, 1956 Live at The Newport Jazz Festival Newport, RI

    Cat Anderson, Clark Terry, Willie Cook, Ray Nance – trumpet; Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders – trombone; Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy Hamilton, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Jimmy Woode – bass; Sam Woodyard – drums.


 

such sweet thunder

Half the Fun / The Star-Crossed Lovers (LP/CD “Such Sweet Thunder” Columbia CL 1033/Columbia/Legacy 65568)

Recorded 24 April 1957, New York City

Willie Cook, Cat Anderson(t); Clark Terry(t,fl); Ray Nance – violin; Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders – trombones; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Jimmy Woode – bass; Sam Woodyard – drums.


 

anatomy

Flirtibird (CD: “Anatomy of a Murder” Columbia/Legacy CK 65569)

Recorded early June 1959 in Los Angeles

Cat Anderson, Harold Baker, Gerald Wilson, Clark Terry, Ray Nance – trumpet; Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn – piano; Jimmy Woode – bass; Jimmy Johnson – drums.

 

recollectionsThe Midnight Sun Will Never Set / Goodbye (CD: “Recollections Of The Big Band Era” Atlantic Jazz ‎– 7 90043-2)


 

private collection vol 8Rondolet (CD: “Duke Ellington ‎– The Private Collection, Volume Eight Studio Sessions” Saja Records ‎– 7 91232-2)


 

cool rockHi, June (CD: “Cool Rock” LaserLight Digital ‎– 15 782)


greatest jazz concert in the worldBlood Count (LP: “The Greatest Jazz Concert In The World” Pablo Records ‎– 2625 704)

 


molther bill

Snibor (CD: “…And his Mother called him Bill” RCA 6287)

Recorded 28 August 1967, New York City

Cootie Williams, Cat Anderson, Herbie Jones, Mercer Ellington – trumpets; Clark Terry – flugelhorn; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper – trombones; Chuck Connors – bass trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Aaron Bell – bass; Steve Little – drums.


 

new orleans suite

Blues for New Orleans (CD: “New Orleans Suite,” Warner Bros. 7411644)

Recorded 27 April, 1970 New York City

Cootie Williams, Al Rubin, Mercer Ellington, Fred Stone – trumpets; Booty Wood, Julian Priester, Malcolm Taylor – trombones; Russell Procope, Norris Turney, Johnny Hodges, Harold Ashby, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Wild Bill Davis – organ; Duke Ellington – piano; Joe Benjamin – bass; Rufus Jones – drums.


— Our closing music —-

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It’s Something You Ought To Know (Paul Gonsalves – “Ellingtonia Moods and Blues,” RCA Victor / RCA63562)

Recorded 29 February 1960, New York City

Paul Gonsalves- tenor sax; Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Ray Nance – cornet; Mitchell “Booty” Wood – trombone; Jimmy Jones – piano; Al Hall – bass; Oliver Jackson – drums.

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Portrait of Johnny Hodges, Pt. II (Podcast #19-001)


“I don’t suppose there is anybody in the business who can do more with a melody than Johnny Hodges.”

Wild Bill Davis


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Johnny Hodges and Billy Strayhorn




The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



 

hodges verve mosaicStraight Back (CD: “The Complete Verve Johnny Hodges Small Group Sessions 1956-61” Mosaic MD6-200)

Recorded 7 April 1959, New York City

Harold “Shorty” Baker – trumpet; Quentin Jackson, John Sanders – trombone; Johnny Hodges, Jimmy Hamilton, Ben Webster – reeds; Jimmy Jones – piano; Les Spann – guitar; Ray Brown – bass; Jo Jones – drums.


oliver nelsonEchoes of Harlem/ Black, Brown and Beautiful (CD: Oliver Nelson “Black, Brown and Beautiful” )

Recorded 17/19 March 1970, New York City

Ernie Royal, Snooky Young, Marvin Stamm, Randy Brecker – trumpets; Al Grey, Garnett Brown, Quentin Jackson, Thomas Mitchell – trombones; Johnny Hodges, Danny Bank, Frank Wess, Jerome Richardson, Jerry Dodgion, Joe Farrell, Bob Ashton – reeds; Hank Jones – piano; Ron Carter – bass; Grady Tate – drums.


hodges buenos airesWanderlust (CD: Johnny Hodges “Buenos Aires Blues” Lone Hill Jazz ‎– LHJ10373)

Recorded 26 May 1963, New York City

Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Lalo Schifrin – piano; Barry Galbraith – guitar; George Duvivier – bass; Dave Baker – drums.


hodges jazz mastersSquatty Roo (CD: “Johnny Hodges, Verve Jazz Masters 35” Verve 314 521 857-2)

Recorded 20 February 1959, New York City

Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Dizzy Gillespie – trumpet; Junior Mance – piano; Les Spann – guitar; Sam Jones – bass; Lex Humphries – drums.


hodges jazz mastersBack Beat (CD: “Johnny Hodges, Verve Jazz Masters 35” Verve 314 521 857-2)

Recorded 17 November 1959, Los Angeles

Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Gerry Mulligan – baritone sax; Claude Williamson – piano; Buddy Clark – bass; Mel Lewis – drums.


welk

In a Sentimental Mood (CD: “Johnny Hodges with Lawrence Welk’s Orchestra” Ranwood Records 8246)

Recorded 21 December 1965, Los Angeles

Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Lawrence Welk orchestra – musicians uncredited.


hodges davis con saxRabbit Out of the Hat (CD: “Con Soul & Sax/Wild Bill is the Boss” Lone Hill Jazz LHJ10283)

Recorded 17 January 1966, New York City

Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Lawrence Brown – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton – clarinet; Wild Bill Davis – organ; Billy Butler – guitar; Bob Bushnell – bass; Joe Marshall – drums.


hodges mess of bluesStolen Sweets (CD: “Mess of Blues” Lone Hill Jazz LHJ10285)

Recorded 3/4 September 1963, New York City

Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Wild Bill Davis – organ; Kenny Burrell – guitar; Osie Johnson – drums.


hodges jazz mastersDon’t Sleep in The Subway (CD: “Johnny Hodges, Verve Jazz Masters 35” Verve 314 521 857-2)

Recorded 17, 18, 21 August 1967, Los Angeles

Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Ernie Royal, Snooky Young – trumpet; Bill Berry – trumpet, vibraphone; Tony Studd – bass trombone; Jerome Richardson, Frank Wess – flute, clarinet, alto sax; Jimmy Hamilton – clarinet, tenor sax; Danny Bank – baritone sax, clarinet; Hank Jones – piano; Everett Barksdale – guitar; Milt Hinton – bass; Grady Tate – drums; Jimmy Jones – arranger, conductor


mercerBroadway Babe (CD: Mercer Ellington “Stepping Into Swing Society” Fresh Sound Records FSR-CD 531)

Recorded 20 July 1958, New York City

Cat Anderson, Harold “Shorty” Baker, Clark Terry – trumpet; Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders – trombone; Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Jimmy Hamilton, Ben Webster, Harry Carney – reeds; Jimmy Jones – piano; Skeeter Best – guitar; Wendell Marshall -bass; Joe Marshall – drums.


hodges the orchestraThe Gal From Joe’s/ Your Love Has Faded (CD: “Johnny Hodges, soloist, Billy Strayhorn and The Orchestra” Verve 314 557 543-2)

Recorded 11/12 December 1961, New York City

Cat Anderson, Harold “Shorty” Baker, Ed Mullens, Bill Berry – trumpets; Lawrence Brown, Quentin Jackson, Chuck Connors – trombones; Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Billy Strayhorn – piano; Jimmy Jones – piano; Aaron Bell – bass; Sam Woodyard – drums.


hines once upon a timeOnce Upon a Time (CD: Earl Hines “Once Upon a Time” Impulse! A-9108)

Recorded 10/11 January 1966, New York City

Cat Anderson, Clark Terry, Ray Nance, Bill Berry – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper – trombone; Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope – alto sax; Paul Gonsalves, Harold Ashby – tenor sax; Earl “Fatha” Hines – piano; Aaron Bell -bass; Elvin Jones – drums.

 


— Our closing music —-

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It’s Something You Ought To Know (Paul Gonsalves – “Ellingtonia Moods and Blues,” RCA Victor / RCA63562)

Recorded 29 February 1960, New York City

Paul Gonsalves- tenor sax; Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Ray Nance – cornet; Mitchell “Booty” Wood – trombone; Jimmy Jones – piano; Al Hall – bass; Oliver Jackson – drums.

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Portrait of Johnny Hodges, Pt. I (Podcast #18-020)

“As a youngster, Johnny Hodges was a saxophonist in Boston whose style, in the estimation of all other alto saxophonists, was unique. Even now, I have never yet met and don’t know of a saxophonist who didn’t say he was knocked out by Johnny Hodges”

-Duke Ellington, Music is my Mistress


Johnny-Hodges


Mark Sowlakis‘ blog post on Johnny Hodges, which features several transcriptions, can be found at this link


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Birth record for Cornelius Hodge


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Johnny Hodge(s)’ application for a Social Security Number


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Cootie Williams, Harry Carney and Johnny Hodges – 1938


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Ben Webster, Charlie Parker, and Johnny Hodges – 1952



The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



 

early ellington

Tishomingo Blues (CD: “Early Ellington – The Complete Brunswick and Vocalion Recordings of Duke Ellington, 1926-1931” Decca/MCA Records GRD-3-640)

Recorded 25 June 1928, New York City

James “Bubber” Miley – trumpet; Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton – trombone; Johnny Hodges, Barney Bigard, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Freddy Guy – banjo; Wellman Braud – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.


dukes men vol 2

Jeep’s Blues (CD: “The Duke’s Men, Volume 2” Columbia Jazz Masterpieces C2K 48835)

Recorded 28 March 1938, New York City

Cootie Williams – trumpet; Lawrence Brown – trombone; Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Billy Taylor – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.

The Jeep Is Jumpin’

Recorded 24 August 1938

Same personnel as “Jeep’s Blues”


cotton club volume 1

Ridin’ on a Blue Note (CD: “Cotton Club 1938, Volume 1” Galaxy Music 3801122)

Recorded 1 May 1938, New York City

Wallace Jones, Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol – trombone; Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Billy Taylor – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.


hamptonOn the Sunny Side of the Street (CD: “The Complete Lionel Hampton Victor Sessions 1937-1941” Mosaic Records MD5-238)

Recorded 26 April 1937, New York City

Lionel Hampton – vibraphone, vocal; Buster Bailey – clarinet; Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Jess Stacy – piano; Allan Reuss -guitar; John Kirby – bass; Cozy Cole -drums.


indiana live 1945On the Sunny Side of the Street (LP: “Indiana Live Session, June 1945” Musidisc ‎– JA 5135)

Recorded 16 June 1945, Evansville, Indiana

Cat Anderson, Ray Nance, Rex Stewart, Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan – trumpet; Claude Jones, Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown – trombone; Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke, Jimmy Hamilton, Al Sears, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Junior Raglin – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.


Highlights

(CD: “Highlights of the Great 1940-1942 Band” Avid AMSC1143)

Blue Goose

Recorded 28 May 1940, Chicago

Wallace Jones, Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol – trombone; Otto Hardwicke, Johnny Hodges, Barney Bigard, Ben Webster, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Jimmie Blanton – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.

In A Mellotone

Recorded 5 September 1940, Chicago

Same personnel as “Blue Goose”

The Giddybug Gallop 

Recorded 5 June 1941, Los Angeles

Same personnel as “Blue Goose” except Ray Nance replaces Cootie Williams


51zUtj5ZE1L._SY355_Mood to be Woo’ed (CD: “Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – 1943 & 1945 Volume Three” Circle ‎– CCD-103)

Recorded 2 January 1945, New York City

Cat Anderson, Ray Nance, Rex Stewart, Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan – trumpet; Claude Jones, Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown – trombone; Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke, Jimmy Hamilton, Al Sears, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Junior Raglin – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.


R-5778135-1402400451-8288.jpegCastle Rock (CD: “Johnny Hodges – Seven Classic Albums” Real Gone ‎– RGJCD312)

Recorded 3 March 1951, New York City

Emmett Berry – trumpet; Lawrence Brown – trombone; Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Al Sears – tenor sax; Leroy Lovett – piano; Lloyd Trotman – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.


first giant steps

In A Mellow Tone (CD: John Coltrane “First Giant Steps” RLR Records, RLR 88619)

Recorded June 1954, Los Angeles

Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Harold “Shorty” Baker – trumpet; Lawrence Brown – trombone; John Coltrane – tenor sax; Cal Cobbs (?) – piano; Joe Williams – bass; Joe Marshall – drums.


Parker

What is this Thing Called Love (CD: Charlie Parker “Jam Session” Verve Records ‎– 833 564-2)

Recorded July 1952, Los Angeles

Charlie Shavers – trumpet; Johnny Hodges, Benny Carter, Charlie Parker – alto sax; Ben Webster, Flip Phillips – tenor sax; Oscar Peterson – piano; Barney Kessell – guitar; Ray Brown – bass; J. C. Heard – drums.


— Our closing music —-

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It’s Something You Ought To Know (Paul Gonsalves – “Ellingtonia Moods and Blues,” RCA Victor / RCA63562)

Recorded 29 February 1960, New York City

Paul Gonsalves- tenor sax; Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Ray Nance – cornet; Mitchell “Booty” Wood – trombone; Jimmy Jones – piano; Al Hall – bass; Oliver Jackson – drums.

 

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The Treasury Shows, Pt. I (Podcast #18-019)

“In April 1945, Duke Ellington began what was to be the largest single recording project of his career, though it is most unlikely that he or anyone else thought of it in such terms at the time… [He] signed an agreement with the newly formed American Broadcasting Company to broadcast a series of hour-long Saturday afternoon network shows under the title “A Date With The Duke.”… The recordings of these complete broadcasts…make up the largest single block of material in the Ellington discography.”

– Eddie Lambert, A Listener’s Guide – Duke Ellington


 

 

Errata –  For “Solitude,” I omitted crediting Al Hibbler as one of the vocalists. Rex Stewart was cited as a trumpeter; he was a cornetist.



The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



 

vol 1

1-1                      Take The “A” Train & Broadcast Intro

1-2                      Blutopia

1-3                      Midriff

1-4                      Creole Love Call

1-5                      Suddenly It Jumped

1-6                      Frustration

1-7                      I’m Beginning To See The Light

1-8                      Duke Introduces The Perfume Suite

1-9                      Love (Balcony Serenade)

1-10                    Violence (Strange Feeling)

1-11                    Dancers In Love (A Stomp For Beginners)

1-12                    Sophistication (Coloratura)

1-13                    Air Conditioned Jungle

1-14                    I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues

1-15                    Subtle Slough

1-16                    Passion Flower (Into Closing)

1-17                    Take The “A” Train

1-18                    Hayfoot , Strawfoot

1-19                    Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

1-20                    A Slip Of The Lip

1-21                    Take The “A” Train

2-1                      Moon Mist (And Intro)

2-2                      New World A-Comin

2-3                      Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen

2-4                      Mood Indigo

2-5                      Chant For FDR (American Lullaby)

2-6                      Poor Pilgrim Of Sorrow

2-7                      Creole Love Call

2-8                      Moon Mist (Into Broadcast Close)

2-9                      (Transcription Theme) Any Bonds Today?

2-10                    (Theme) Take The “A” Train

2-11                    Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

2-12                    Caravan

2-13                    Bond Promo

2-14                    It Can’t Be Wrong

2-15                    Johnny Come Lately

2-16                    (Closing Theme) Any Bonds Today?

2-17                    (Opening Theme) Any Bonds Today?

2-18                    (Theme) Take The “A” Train

2-19                    Wait For Me Mary

2-10                    Moon Mist

2-21                    Bond Promo

2-22                    A Slip Of The Lip

2-23                    Things Ain’t What They Used To Be

2-24                    (Closing Theme) Any Bonds Today?

Credits

  • Alto Saxophone – Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick
  • Alto Saxophone, Clarinet – Nat Jones (tracks: 10-2 to 15-2 , 18-2 to 23-3), Oett “Sax” Mallard (tracks: 17-1 to 21-1)
  • Arranged By, Leader, Piano – Duke Ellington
  • Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Harry Carney
  • Bass – Junior Raglin
  • Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone – Jimmy Hamilton (tracks: 1-1 to 21-1 , 1-2 to 8-2 , 10-2 to 15-2 , 18-2 to 23-2)
  • Drums – Sonny Greer
  • Guitar – Fred Guy
  • Piano, Arranged By – Billy Strayhorn (tracks: 1-1 to 16-1 , 1-1 to 16-1 , 1-2 to 8-2 , 10-2 to 15-2 , 18-2 to 23-3)
  • Tenor Saxophone – Al Sears (tracks: 1-1 to 16-1 , 2-1 to 2-8 , 2-10 to 2-15 , 2-18 to 2-23), Ben Webster(tracks: 1-17 to 1-21 , 2-10 to 2-15 , 2-18 to 2-23)
  • Trombone – Claude Jones (tracks: 2-1 to 2-8), Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol (tracks: 1-1 to 1-21 , 2-10 to 2-16 , 18-2 to 23-2), Lawrence Brown (tracks: 1-1 to 21-1 , 2-1 to 2-8), Sandy Williams (tracks: 10-2 to 15-2 , 2-18 to 2-23)
  • Trumpet – Cat Anderson (tracks: 1-1 to 1-16 , 2-1 to 2-8), Harold Baker (tracks: 1-17 to 1-21 , 2-18 to 2-24), Rex Stewart (tracks: 1-1 to 1-21 , 2-1 to 2-8), Shelton Hemphill (tracks: 1-1 to 1-16 , 2-1 to 2-8), Taft Jordan (tracks: 1-1 to 1-16, 1-2 to 24-2), Wallace Jones (tracks: 1-17 to 1-21 , 2-18 to 2-24)
  • Trumpet, Violin – Ray Nance
  • Voice – Al Hibbler (tracks: 1-10 , 1-14 , 2-3 , 2-14 ), Joya Sherrill (tracks: 1-7), Kay Davis (tracks: 1-4 , 2-6 , 2-7), Ray Nance (tracks: 1-20 ,2-22)

Notes

Tracks 1-1 to 1-16 recorded at 400 Restaurant ,NYC,April 7th,1945 – Treasury Broadcast No.1
Tracks 2-1 to 2-8 recorded at 400 Restaurant ,NYC,April 14th,1945 – Duke Ellington’s Treasury Broadcast Replaced By A Special FDR Memorial Broadcast
Tracks 1-17 to 1-21 recorded at NBC – Studio 6B – Radio City – NYC , May 1st,1943 – Duke Ellington Performing At A War Bond Rally
Tracks 2-10 to 2-15 , 2-18 to 2-23 recorded in New York – June 1943 – Treasury Star Parade No. 231
Tracks 2-18 to 2-23 recorded in New York – June 1943 – Treasury Star Parade No. 232
Tracks 2-19 , 2-16 , 2-17 , 2-24 recorded by an unknown studio orchestra.


 

vol 2

1-1              Take The “A” Train & Broadcast Intro

1-2              Mood To Be Wooed

1-3              If You Are But A Dream

1-4              (Otto Make That) Riff Staccato

1-5              I’m Beginning To See The Light

1-6              Duke Ellington Presents “Black, Brown And Beige” (Excerpts)

1-7              West Indian Dance

1-8              The Blues

1-9              Emancipation Celebration

1-10            Sugar Hill Penthouse

1-11            Sentimental Lady (Small Excerpt)

1-12            Stomp, Look And Listen

1-3              Frantic Fantasy

1-14            It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t That Swing)

1-15            Sentimental Lady (Into Closing)

1-16            Any Bonds Today?

1-17            (Theme) Take The “A” Train

1-18            Tonight I Shall Sleep

1-19            Go Away Blues

1-20            Bond Promo

1-21            Creole Love Song

1-22            Three Cent Stomp

1-23            (Closing Theme) Any Bonds Today?

2-1              (Opening Theme) Take The “A” Train

2-2              Midriff

2-3              Carnegie Blues

2-4              Someone

2-5              My Little Brown Book

2-6              Kissing Bug

2-7              Ring Dem Bells

2-8              I’m Beginning To See The Light

2-9              Duke Ellington Presents “Black, Brown And Beige ” (Excerpts)

2-10            Work Song

2-11            Come Sunday

2-12            Candy

2-13            Broadcast Interrupted By War Bulletin

2-14            Teardrops In The Rain (In Progress)

2-15            Accentuate The Positive

2-16            Way Low

2-17            (Theme) Take The “A” Train

2-18            (Theme) Take The “A” Train

2-19            Love Letters

2-20            Main Stem

2-21            Fishing For The Moon

2-22            Riff’N Drill

2-23            Kissing Bug

  • Recorded At – 400 Restaurant, NYC
  • Recorded At – The New Zanzibar ,NYC

Credits

  • Alto Saxophone – Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (tracks: 1-1 to 1-15, 2-1 to 2-23)
  • Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Harry Carney
  • Bass – Junior Raglin
  • Drums – Sidney Catlett (tracks: 2-18 to 2-23), Sonny Greer (tracks: 1-1 to 1-15, 1-17 to 1-22 , 2-1 to 2-17)
  • Guitar – Fred Guy
  • Leader, Arranged By, Piano – Duke Ellington
  • Piano, Arranged By – Billy Strayhorn (tracks: 1-2 to 2-23)
  • Tenor Saxophone – Al Sears (tracks: 1-1 to 1-15, 2-1 to 2-23), Ben Webster (tracks: 1-17 to 1-22)
  • Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Jimmy Hamilton
  • Trombone – Claude Jones (tracks: 1-1 to 1-15 , 2-1 to 2-23), Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol (tracks: 1-17 to 1-22), Lawrence Brown (tracks: 1-1 to 1-15, 2-1 to 2-23)
  • Trumpet – Cat Anderson (tracks: 1-1 to 1-15, 2-1 to 2-23), Harold Baker (tracks: 1-17 to 1-22), Ray Nance, Rex Stewart, Shelton Hemphill (tracks: 1-1 to 1-15, 2-1 to 2-23), Taft Jordan
  • Violin – Ray Nance (tracks: 2-1 to 2-17)
  • Voice – Al Hibbler (tracks: 2-5), Joya Sherrill (tracks: 1-5, 2-6, 2-8, 2-15, 2-23), Kay Davis (tracks: 1-3),Marie Ellington (tracks: 1-8), Ray Nance (tracks: 1-14), Taft Jordan (tracks: 1-14

Notes

Tracks 1-1 to 1-15 recorded at 400 Restaurant, NYC, April 21st,1945 – Treasury Broadcast No.2
Tracks 2-17 to 2-22 recorded in NYC, June 1943 – Treasury Star Parade No. 233
Tracks 1-16 and 1-23 unknown studio orchestra –
Tracks 2-1 to 2-17 recorded at 400 Restaurant, NYC, April 28th,1945 – Treasury Broadcast No.3
Tracks 2-18 to 2-23 recorded at The New Zanzibar, NYC, October 7th,1943 – Duke Ellington Broadcast From The New Zanzibar (Mutual Broadcasting System)


 

vol 3

1-1               (Opening Theme) Take The “A” Train

1-2               Blutopia

1-3               Bond Promo

1-4               Clementine

1-5               My Hearts Sings

1-6               Sentimental Journey

1-7               I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)

1-8               Three Cent Stomp

1-9               Black And Tan Fantasy

1-10             Blue Skies (Broadcast Break)

1-11             Broadcast Return

1-12             Passion Flower

1-13             Air Conditioned Jungle

1-14             Frantic Fantasy

1-15             I’m Beginning To See The Light (& Bond Promo)

1-16             Main Stem

1-17             Everything But You

1-18             Carnegie Blues

1-19             Jump For Joy – (Theme) Things Ain’t What They Used To be

1-20             Jumpin’ Pumpkins

1-21             A Door Will Open

1-22             West Indian Dance

1-23             I Ain’t Got Nothin But The Blues

1-24             Jack The Bear (Into Broadcast Close)

2-1               (Opening Theme) Take The “A” Train

2-2               Carnegie Blues

2-3               Riff Staccato

2-4               Bond Promo

2-5               All At Once

2-6               Yesterdays

2-7               I Miss Your Kiss

2-8               Accentuate The Positive

2-9               Bond Promo

2-10             Blue Cellophane

2-11             (Theme) Take The “A” Train (Station Break)

2-12             (Theme)Take The “A” Train (Station Return)

2-13             Prelude To A Kiss

2-14             Caravan

2-15             Sophisticated Lady

2-16             I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues

2-17             I’m Beginning To See The Light – Bond Promo

2-18             In A Mellotone

2-19             Harlem Air Shaft

2-20             I Don’t Mind

2-21             Bond Promo

2-22             The Jeep Is Jumpin (Broadcast Close)

2-23             (Opening Theme) Take The “A” Train

2-24             Just A-Settin And A-Rockin’

2-25             Clementine

2-26             The Wonder Of You

2-27             I’ll Buy That Dream

2-28             Come To Baby, Do (Broadcast Close)

Credits

  • Alto Saxophone – Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick
  • Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Harry Carney
  • Bass – Junior Raglin (tracks: 1-1 to 1-9 , 2-2 to 2-22), Lloyd Trotman (2) (tracks: 1-20 to 1-24 ), Oscar Pettiford (tracks: 2-23 to 2-28)
  • Drums – Sonny Greer
  • Guitar – Fred Guy
  • Liner Notes – Frank Rutter
  • Piano, Arranged By – Billy Strayhorn
  • Piano, Arranged By, Leader – Duke Ellington
  • Tenor Saxophone – Al Sears
  • Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Jimmy Hamilton
  • Trombone – Claude Jones, Joe Nanton (tracks: 1-1 to 1-24 , 2-1 to 2-22), Lawrence Brown, Wilbur De Paris (tracks: 2-23 to 2-28)
  • Trumpet – Cat Anderson, Rex Stewart, Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan
  • Trumpet, Violin – Ray Nance (tracks: 1-1 to 1-24 , 2-1 to 2-22)
  • Voice – Al Hibbler (tracks: 1-7 , 1-23 , 2-16), Joya Sherrill (tracks: 3-1 , 1-17 , 2-8, 2-17 , 2-26), Kay Davis (tracks: 1-23 , 2-16), Marie Ellington (tracks: 2-20), Ray Nance (tracks: 1-19)

Notes

Tracks 1-1 to 1-19 – Treasury Broadcast No. 4, Adams Theatre, Newark, N.J, May 5th, 1945 (ABC)
Tracks 1-20 to 1-24 – Remote Broadcast From The New Zanzibar, New York City, October 1945 (NBC)
Tracks 2-1 to 2-22 – Treasury Broadcast No. 5, From Studio 6B, Radio City, NYC, May 12th, 1945 (ABC)
Tracks 23-2 to 2-28 – Remote Broadcast From The New Zanzibar, New York City, November 1945 (NBC)


 

vol 4

1-1              (Opening Theme) Take The “A” Train

1-2              Teardrops In The Rain

1-3              Everything But You

1-4              Ellington Bond Promo

1-5              Perdido

1-6              If You Are But A Dream

1-7              Pitter Panther Patter

1-8              Emancipation Celebration

1-9              Ellington Bond Promo

1-10            I Should Care

1-11            Take The “A” Train (Station Break)

1-12            Take The “A” Train (Broadcast Return)

1-13            In A Sentimental Mood

1-14            It Don’t Mean A Thing

1-15            Solitude

1-16            I’m Beginning To See The Light And Ellington Bond Promo

1-17            Subtle Slough

1-18            C-Jam Blues

1-19            Don’t You Know I Care

1-20            Ellington Bond Promo

1-21            Stomp Look And Listen

1-22            (Closing Theme) Things Ain’t What They Used To Be

1-23            In The Special Of The Old Apple Tree

1-24            9:20 Special

1-25            Tell Ya’ What I’m Gonna Do

1-26            West Indian Dance

2-1              A Door Will Open

2-2              In A Mellotone

2-3              Everything But You

2-4              Solid Old Man

2-5              Things Ain’t What They Used To Be (Into Broadcasting Closing)

2-6              (Opening Theme) Take The “A” Train

2-7              Ellington Bond Promo

2-8              Sugar Hill Penthouse

2-9              Suddenly It Jumped

2-10            Ellington Bond Promo

2-11            Candy

2-12            A Friends Of Yours

2-13            Kissing Bug

2-14            Hollywood Hangover

2-15            Laura

2-16            Ellington Bond Promo (Station Break)

2-17            (Theme) Take The “A” Train

2-18            In The Special Of The Old Apple Tree

2-19            Frankie And Johnny

2-20            I’m Beginning To See The Light And Ellington Bond Promo

2-21            Midriff

2-22            I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues

2-23            My Honey’s Lovin Arms

2-24            Ellington Bond Promo

2-25            Rockin’ In Rhythm (Into Broadcasting Closing)

Credits

  • Alto Saxophone – Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick
  • Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Harry Carney
  • Bass – Junior Raglin
  • Drums – Sonny Greer
  • Guitar – Fred Guy
  • Liner Notes – Rob Bamberger
  • Piano, Arranged By – Billy Strayhorn
  • Piano, Arranged By, Leader – Duke Ellington
  • Reissue Producer – Jerry Valburn
  • Tenor Saxophone – Al Sears
  • Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Jimmy Hamilton
  • Trombone – Claude Jones, Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown
  • Trumpet – Cat Anderson, Ray Nance, Rex Stewart, Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan
  • Voice – Al Hibbler (tracks: 1-14, 1-15, 1-19, 2-22), Joya Sherrill (tracks: 1-3, 1-14, 1-15, 1-25, 2-3 , 2-13 ), Kay Davis (tracks: 1-6, 1-14, 1-15, 2-22), Marie Ellington (tracks: 1-14, 1-15), Ray Nance (tracks: 2-11)

Notes

Tracks 1-1 to 1-22 : Treasury Broadcast No. 6 – Paradise Theatre, Detroit, Michigan – May 19th, 1945
Tracks 1-23 to 2-5 : Broadcast from the New Zanzibar, NYC – October 10th, 1945 (MBS)
Tracks 2-6 to 2-25 : Treasury Broadcast No. 7 from the Regal Theatre, Chicago, Illinois – May 26th, 1945


 

vol 5

1-1              (Opening Theme) Take The “A” Train

1-2              Mood To Be Wooed

1-3              Jack The Bear

1-4              Ellington Bond Promo

1-5              The More I See You

1-6              Way Low

1-7              Blues On The Double

1-8              Ellington Bond Promo

1-9              Summertime

1-10            (Theme) Take The “A” Train (Station Break)

1-11            (Theme) Take The “A” Train (Broadcast Return)

1-12            Come Sunday

1-13            Light

1-14            I’m Beginning To See The Light – Ellington Bond Promo

1-15            On The Alamo

1-16            Carnegie Blues

1-17            Ellington Bond Promo

1-18            Riff Staccato

1-19            Blues Skies

1-20            (Closing Theme) Things Ain’t What They Used To Be

1-21            (Opening Theme) Take The “A” Train

1-22            As Long As I Live

1-23            Nine-Twenty Special

1-24            The Wonder Of You

1-25            Walkin With My Honey

1-26            Three Cent Stomp

2-1              Don’t Take Your Love From Me

2-2              Court Session

2-3              Emancipation Celebration

2-4              Let The Zoomers Drool

2-5              (Opening Theme) Take The “A” Train

2-6              Blues Is The Night

2-7              Ellington Bond Promo

2-8              Can’t You Read Between The Lines?

2-9              Hop Skip And Jump

2-10            Kissing Bug

2-11            Solid Old Man

2-12            I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues

2-13            Ellington Bond Promo

2-14            I Miss Your Kiss

2-15            (Theme) Things Ain’t What They Used To Be (Station Break)

2-16            (Theme) Things Ain’t What They Used To Be (Broadcast Return)

2-17            Duke Ellington Presents The “Blues Clusters”

2-18            Diminuendo And Crescendo In Blue

2-19            Rocks In My Bed

2-20            Crescendo In Blue

2-21            I’m Beginning To See The Light – Ellington Bond Promo

2-22            Teardrops In The Rain

2-23            My Little Brown Book

2-24            Ac-Cen-Tu-Ate The Positive

2-25            Ellington Bond Promo

2-26            C-Jam Blues

2-27            (Closing Theme) Take The “A” Train

Credits

  • Alto Saxophone – Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick
  • Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Harry Carney
  • Bass – Junior Raglin, Oscar Pettiford (tracks: 1-21 to 2-4)
  • Drums – Sonny Greer
  • Guitar – Fred Guy
  • Piano, Arranged By – Billy Strayhorn
  • Piano, Arranged By, Leader – Duke Ellington
  • Reissue Producer – Jerry Valburn
  • Tenor Saxophone – Al Sears
  • Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Jimmy Hamilton
  • Trombone – Claude Jones, Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown
  • Trumpet – Cat Anderson, Rex Stewart, Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan
  • Trumpet, Violin – Ray Nance
  • Voice – Al Hibbler (tracks: 2-1, 2-12, 2-23), Joya Sherrill (tracks: 1-14, 1-24, 2-10, 2-21, 2-24), Kay Davis (tracks: 1-5, 2-12), Marie Ellington (tracks: 2-19), Ray Nance (tracks: 1-18)

Notes

Tracks 1-1 to 1-20 : Treasury Broadcast No. 8 – Percy Jones Center, Battle Creek, Michigan – June 2nd, 1945
Tracks 1-21 to 2-4 : Broadcast from the New Zanzibar, NYC, September 18th,1945 (NBC)
Tracks 2-5 to 2-27 : Treasury Broadcast No. 9 from Paramount Theatre, Toledo, Ohio

 

 

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