Potrait of Tyree Glenn (Podcast #21-001)

“Tyree, to me, is a very beautiful trombone player. He plays real good legit trombone, and when he applied the plunger to it his tone remained very precise and clean, so that you were tempted to like it better than Tricky’s because it was so clean. But then, Tricky’s was so plaintive. Tyree is a very agile-minded musician and he always wants to do a lot of things….[H]e is one of the most effective plunger trombones I have ever heard.”

– Duke Ellington, “Duke’s Bones”

Tyree GlennWilliam Tyree Glenn

(23 November 1910 – 18 May 1974)


Glenns birth certificate

Tyree Glenn’s Birth Certificate




The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



duke 100Hy’a Sue (CD: “Duke Ellington: The Columbia Years 1927-1962” Columbia 5176872)

Recorded 14 August 1947, Los Angeles

Shelton Hemphill, Dud Bascomb, Francis Williams, Ray Nance, Harold Baker – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones, Tyree Glenn – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Al Sears, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Oscar Pettiford – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.

DE at the empireSolid Old Man (CD: “Duke Ellington at the Hollywood Empire,” Storyville 101 8346)

Recorded 10 February 1949, Empire Club Broadcast, Hollywood, California

Shelton Hemphill, Al Killian, Francis Williams, Harold Baker, Ray Nance – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Tyree Glenn, Quentin Jackson – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Al Sears, Ben Webster, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Wendell Marshall – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.

duke 100Sultry Serenade (CD: “Duke Ellington: The Columbia Years 1927-1962” Columbia 5176872)

Recorded 6 October 1947, Los Angeles

Shelton Hemphill, Dud Bascomb, Ray Nance, Francis Williams – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Tyree Glenn, Claude Jones – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Al Sears, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Oscar Pettiford – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.

DE Carnegie Hall 1947

Dance #2 (from “The Liberian Suite”) (CD: “Duke Ellington Carnegie Hall Concerts, December 1947,” Prestige 2PCD-24075-2)

Recorded 26 December 1947, Carnegie Hall, NYC

Shelton Hemphill, Al Killian, Francis Williams, Ray Nance, Harold Baker – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones – trombone; Tyree Glenn – vibraphone; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Al Sears, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Oscar Pettiford, Junior Raglin – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.

DE Cornell University

Limehouse Blues (CD: “The Great Concerts, Cornell University 1948,” Nimbus Records, Ni-2727)

Recorded 10 December 1948, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Shelton Hemphill, Al Killian, Francis Williams, Ray Nance, Harold Baker – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Quentin Jackson – trombone; Tyree Glenn – vibraphone; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Al Sears, Ben Webster, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Wendell Marshall – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.

In A Mellow Tone/ Cotton Tail (CD: “Duke with a Difference” – Clark Terry, Original Jazz Classics OJCCD-229-2, RLP 12-246)

Recorded 6 September 1957, NYC

Clark Terry – trumpet, Tyree Glenn – trombone, vibraphone; Britt Woodman – trombone; Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Paul Gonsalves – tenor sax; Jimmy Woode – bass; Sam Woodyard – drums.


DE and Brewer Columbia

Mood Indigo (CD: “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” Columbia CK 37340)

Recorded 6 September 1973, NYC

Teresa Brewer – vocal; Duke Ellington – piano; Tyree Glenn – trombone; Russell Procope – clarinet; Harry Carney – bass clarinet; Jeff Beck – guitar; Herb Bushler, Wulf Freedman – electric bass; Bernard “Pretty” Purdie – 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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