Cootie plays Duke, Part II (Podcast #22-013)

Cover shot by Jan Persson

The recordings heard on this podcast episode:


Concerto for Cootie (CD: Benny Goodman and Sid Catlett “Roll ’em!,” Vintage Jazz Classics VJC-1032)

Recorded 1941

Cootie Williams, 


Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me (CD: “The Jubilee Shows – No. 77 and No. 78,” The Jubilee Shows 501 1004)

Recorded 1 May 1944, Hollywood

Ella Fitzgerald – vocal; Cootie Williams, Ermit V. Perry, George Treadwell, Harold “Money” Johnson – trumpet; Ed Burke or George Stevenson, Robert Horton – trombone; Charlie Holmes, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson – alto sax; Sam “The Man” Taylor, Lee Pope – tenor sax; Bud Powell – piano; Norman Keenan – bass; Sylvester “Vess” Payne – drums.


Mood Indigo/Perdido (CD: “Cootie + Un Concert A Minuit Avec Cootie Williams” Master Jazz Records – 8892853)

Recorded 31 January 1959, Paris (Mood Indigo)

Recorded 11 February 1959, Paris (Perdido)

Cootie Williams, Nelson “Cadillac” Williams (Perdido only) – trumpet; George Clark – tenor sax; Arnold Jarvis – piano, organ; Larry Dale – guitar; Guy Perderson (Perdido only) – bass; Lester Jenkins – drums.

Do NothinI Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)/It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)/Drop Me Off in Harlem (CD: “Do Nothing Till You Hear From . . . Cootie” Collectables – COL-CD-6121”)

Recorded 1960? 

Cootie Williams – trumpet, vocal; unidentified vibraphone, baritone sax, guitar, piano, bass, drums.

Big ChallengeDo Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me (LP: “Cootie and Rex – The Big Challenge” Hall of Fame Jazz Greats JG-602)

Recorded 30 April 1957, New York City

Cootie Williams – trumpet; Rex Stewart – cornet; Lawrence Brown, J.C. Higginbotham – trombone; Coleman Hawkins, Bud Freeman – tenor sax; Hank Jones – piano; Billy Bauer – guitar; Milt Hinton – bass; Gus Johnson – drums.

— Our closing music—-


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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