Portrait of Fred Guy (Podcast #19-007)

“Freddy Guy  was born in Georgia, but he had been in New York most of his life when he joined us in 1925, and he knew Harlem backwards and forwards. He was rather a serious type of fellow, and was always giving us advice, but his guitar was a metronome and the beat was always where it was supposed to be. He was a good man at managing finances, too. Herman Stark, the manager of the Cotton Club, used to say to me, “You are going to be a very famous star, but Freddy Guy is going to wind up with the money.””

-Duke Ellington, Music Is My Mistress


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Fred Guy and Duke Ellington, 1925


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Fred Guy’s Autograph (from eBay)


1939_Levin_ad_2.jpgFred Guy played and endorsed Levin, a Swedish guitar brand



The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



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Rainy Nights (CD: 1924-1926: Birth of a Band, Vol. 1 EPM #HS151042)

Recorded November, 1924 New York City

Bubber Miley  – trumpets; Charlie Irvis – trombone; Otto Hardwicke – alto sax; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – banjo; Sonny Greer – drums.


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Echoes of the Jungle (CD: Highlights from the Duke Ellington Centennial Edition (1927-1973) RCA Victor 09026636722)

Recorded 16 June 1931, Camden, New Jersey

Arthur Whetsel, Cootie Williams, Freddie Jenkins – 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.


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The Sergeant Was Shy (CD: “The Complete 1932-1940 Brunswick, Columbia and Master Recordings of Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra” Mosaic Records #248)

Recorded 28 August 1939, Boston

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.


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

Recorded 31 July 1940, Detroit

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


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Caravan (CD: “Black, Brown & Beige” Bluebird 6641-2-RB)

Recorded 11 May 1945, New York City

Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, Cat Anderson, Ray Nance, Rex Stewart – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Claude Jones – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Otto Hardwicke, Johnny Hodges, Al Sears, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Junior Raglin – 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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The Treasury Shows, Pt. III (Podcast #19-006)

“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 came from the following CDs:



 

Treasury Show Vol. 11

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra ‎– The Treasury Shows Vol.11

D.E.T.S. ‎– 903 9011

Tracklist

1-1 (Theme) Take The “A” Train

1-2 Mood Indigo

1-3 Duke Ellington Bond Promo

1-4 In A Jam

1-5 Everything But You

1-6 Pianistically Allied

1-7 I Don’t Mind

1-8 Duke Ellington Bond Promo

1-9 The Jeep Is Jumpin’

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

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

1-12 Black And Tan Fantasy

1-13 I’m Beginning To See The Light

1-14 Duke Ellington Bond Promo

1-15 After All

1-16 Don’t You Know I Care

1-17 (Back Home Again In) Indiana

1-18 The More I See You

1-19 Duke Ellington Bond Promo

1-20 Let The Zoomers Drool (Broadcast Close)

1-21 Suddenly It Jumped

1-22 Every Hour On The Hour

1-23 Cotton Tail

1-24 Everything But You (Broadcast Close)

2-1 (Theme) Take The “A” Train

2-2 On The Alamo

2-3 Duke Ellington Bond Promo

2-4 Sugar Hill Penthouse

2-5 Stomp, Look And Listen

2-6 There’s No You

2-7 Jumpin’ Pumpkins

2-8 Body And Soul – Duke Ellington Bond Promo

2-9 Station Break

2-10 Take The “A” Train (Broadcast Return)

2-11 – A Tropical Triumvirate (Medley)

A) Caravan

B) Flamingo

C) Air Conditioned Jungle

2-12 Everything But You – Duke Ellington Bond Promo

2-13 Pitter Panther Patter

2-14 One O’Clock Jump

2-15 Moon Mist

2-16 Duke Ellington Bond Promo

2-17 Jump For Joy

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

2-19 A Door Will Open

2-20 Lily Belle

2-21 West Indian Dance

2-22 Waiting For The Train To Come In

2-23 Blues On The Double

Credits

Alto Saxophone – Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke

Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Harry Carney

Bass – Junior Raglin

Cornet – Rex Stewart

Drums – Sonny Greer

Guitar – Fred Guy

Piano, Arranged By – Billy Strayhorn

Piano, Arranged By, Leader – Duke Ellington

Producer – Jerry Valburn

Tenor Saxophone – Al Sears

Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Jimmy Hamilton

Trombone – Claude Jones, Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown

Trumpet – Cat Anderson, Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan

Trumpet, Violin – Ray Nance (tracks: 1-1 to 1-20, 2-1 to 2-18)

Voice – Al Hibbler (tracks: 1-16, 1-22, 2-11(C)), Joya Sherrill (tracks: 1-5 , 1-13 , 2-16, 2-22, 2-25), Kay Davis (tracks: 1-18 , 2-6, 2-24), Marie Ellington (tracks: 1-7), Ray Nance (tracks: 2-17)

Notes

Tracks 1-1 to 1-20 – Treasury Broadcast No. 20, Fieldston Ballroom, Marsh Field, Massachusetts, August 25, 1945 (ABC)
Tracks 1-21 to 1-24 – Broadcast from the New Zanzibar, NYC, October 7, 1945 (MBS)
Tracks 2-1 to 2-18 – Treasury Broadcast No. 21, Earle Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 1,1945 (ABC)
Tracks 2-19 to 2-23 – Broadcast from the New Zanzibar, NYC, October 18, 1945 (MBS)

Treasury Show Vol. 12

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra ‎– The Treasury Shows Vol.12

D.E.T.S. ‎– 903 9012

Tracklist

1-1 (Theme) Take The “A” Train

1-2 Carnegie Blues

1-3 Duke Ellington Bond Promo

1-4 I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me

1-5 Mood To Be Wooed

1-6 Kissing Bug

1-7 A Group Of Three Billy Strayhorn Compositions

A) Chelsea Bridge

1-8 Duke Ellington Bond Promo

B) (I Want) Something To Live For

C) Clementine (Station Break)

1-9 Take The “A” Train (broadcast Return)

1-10 A Series Of Four In A Minor Mood

A) Way Low

B) Solid Old Man

1-11 Duke Ellington Bond Promo

C) Summertime

D) Old King Dooji

1-12 If I Loved You

1-13 Unbooted Character

1-14 Just A-Sittin And A-Rockin

1-15 Duke Ellington Bond Promo

1-16 Hollywood Hangover (Broadcast Close)

1-17 Opening

1-18 Caravan

1-19 Three Cent Stomp

1-20 Yesterday

2-1 Blues On The Double

2-2 Riff Staccato

2-3 Cotton Tail

2-4 (Theme) Take The “A” Train

2-5 Subtle Slough

2-6 C-Jam Blues

2-7 Duke Ellington Bond Promo

2-8 Every Hour On The Hour

2-9 Thw Jeep Is Jumpin’ (Station Break)

2-10 Take The “A” Train (Broadcast Return)

2-11 Creole Love Call

2-12 Frankie And Johnny

2-13 Everything But You

2-14 Emancipation Celebration

2-15 Warm Valley

2-16 Take The “A” Train (Broadcast Close)

Credits

Alto Saxophone – Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke

Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Harry Carney

Bass – Junior Raglin

Cornet – Rex Stewart

Drums – Sonny Greer

Guitar – Fred Guy

Piano, Arranged By – Billy Strayhorn

Piano, Arranged By, Leader – Duke Ellington

Producer, Liner Notes – Jerry Valburn

Tenor Saxophone – Al Sears

Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Jimmy Hamilton

Trombone – Claude Jones, Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown

Trumpet – Cat Anderson, Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan

Trumpet, Violin – Ray Nance

Voice – Al Hibbler (tracks: 2-8), Joya Sherrill (tracks: 1-6 , 2-13), Kay Davis (tracks: 1-12 , 2-11, 2-24),Ray Nance (tracks: 2-2)

Notes

Tracks 1-1 to 1-16- Treasury Broadcast No. 22, Radio City Studio 6B, Blue Network, September 8, 1945 (ABC)
Tracks 1-17 to 2-3 – Broadcast from the New Zanzibar, NYC, October 1, 1945 (NBC)
Tracks 2-4 to 2-16 – Treasury Broadcast No. 23,Radio City Studio 6B, September 15,1945 (ABC)

Treasury Show Vol. 13

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra ‎– The Treasury Shows Vol.13

D.E.T.S. ‎– 903 9013

Tracklist

1-1 Someone

1-2 Riff Staccato

1-3 Homesick That’s All

1-4 Kissing Bug

1-5 (Theme) Take The “A” Train Into Station Break

1-6 (Theme) Take The “A” Train And Broadcast Return

1-7 Time’s A-Wastin

1-8 DE Bond Promo

1-9 Three Cent Stomp

1-10 There’s No You

1-11 Fancy Dan

1-12 Everything But You

1-13 Fickle Fling

1-14 DE Bond Promo

1-15 Blue Serge

1-16 Take The “A” Train Opening

1-17 Stompy Jones

1-18 Walkin With My Honey

1-19 Everything About You

1-20 In A Mellotone

1-21 Solid Old Man

2-1 I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues

2-2 Blue Skies

2-3 Suddendly It Jumped

2-4 Take The “A” Train Into Broadcast Closing

2-5 (Theme)Take The “A” Train

2-6 Main Steam

2-7 Carnegie Blues

2-8 I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me

2-9 DE Bond Promo

2-10 What Am I Here For

2-11 Lilly Belle

2-12 Homesick, That’s All

2-13 Go Away Blues

2-14 Frantic Fantasy

2-15 If You Are But A Dream

2-16 DE Bond Promo

2-17 Jack The Bear

2-18 Every Hour On The Hour

2-19 Cotton Bell

2-20 Lament In A Minor Mood

2-21 DE Bond Promo

2-22 Teardrops In The Rain

2-23 I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues

2-24 Things Ain’t What They Used To Be Into Broadcasting Closing

Credits

Alto Saxophone – Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke

Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Harry Carney

Bass – Junior Raglin

Cornet – Rex Stewart

Drums – Sonny Greer

Guitar – Fred Guy

Piano, Arranged By – Billy Strayhorn

Piano, Arranged By, Leader – Duke Ellington

Producer – Jerry Valburn

Tenor Saxophone – Al Sears

Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Jimmy Hamilton

Trombone – Claude Jones, Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown

Trumpet – Cat Anderson, Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan

Trumpet, Violin – Ray Nance (tracks: 1-1 to 1-21, 2-5 to 2-24)

Voice – Al Hibbler (tracks: 2-1, 2-18, 2-23), Joya Sherrill (tracks: 1-4 , 2-13 ), Kay Davis (tracks: 1-10 , 2-1, 2-23), Ray Nance (tracks: 1-2)

Notes

Tracks 1-1 to 1-15 – Treasury Broadcast No. 24, Radio City, Studio 6-B, Blue Network, September 22,1945 (ABC)
Tracks 1-16 to 2-4 – Broadcast from the New Zanzibar, NYC, September 24, 1945 (NBC)
Tracks 2-5 to 2-24 – Treasury Broadcast No. 25, Radio City, Studio 6-B, September 1,1945 (ABC)

 

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Duke Ellington And His Orchestra ‎– The Treasury Shows Vol.14

D.E.T.S. ‎– 903 9014

Tracklist

1-1 (Theme) Take The “A” Train

1-2 Time’s A-Wastin

1-3 Every Hour On The Hour

1-4 Bond Promo

1-5 Hollywood Hangover

1-6 (Theme) Take The “A” Train

1-7 Autumn Serenade

1-8 Hop Skip And Jump

1-9 Riding On A Blue Note

1-10 I’ll Buy That Dream

1-11 Bond Promo

1-12 Riff’N Drill

1-13 Tell Ya What I’m Gonna Dream

1-14 How Deep Is The Ocean ?

1-15 Mood Indigo

1-16 (Theme) Take The “A” Train

1-17 Three Tunes In The Blue Mood

A) Diminuendo In Blue

B) I Got It Bad

C) Crescendo In Blue

1-18 Everything But You

1-19 Bond Promo

1-20 Everything But You

1-21 Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

1-22 After All

1-23 Out Of This World

1-24 C-Jam Blues

1-25 (Theme) Take The “A” Train

2-1 (Theme) Take The “A” Train

2-2 Ultra Blue

2-3 Teardrops In The Rain

2-4 Time On My Hands

2-5 (Theme)Take The “A” Train

2-6 Riff Staccato

2-7 Ko-Ko

2-8 If I Loved You

2-9 Bond Promo

2-10 Subtle Slough

2-11 Honeysuckle Rose

2-12 Perdido

2-13 Air Conditioned Jungle

2-14 (Theme) Take The “A” Train

2-15 (Theme) Take The “A” Train

2-16 Waiting For The Train To Come In

2-17 I’d Do It All Over Again

2-18 Bond Promo

2-19 Fancy Dan

2-20 Homesick, That’s All

2-21 Blues On The Double

2-22 Every Hour On The Hour

2-23 Bond Promo

2-24 Caravan

2-25 Riff’N Drill

2-26 Things Ain’t What They Used To Be

Credits

Alto Saxophone – Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke, Russell Procope (tracks: 2-1 to 2-26)

Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Harry Carney

Bass – Junior Raglin

Cornet – Rex Stewart

Drums – Sidney Catlett (tracks: 1-1 to 1-25), Sonny Greer (tracks: 2-1 to 2-26)

Guitar – Fred Guy

Piano, Arranged By – Billy Strayhorn

Piano, Arranged By, Leader – Duke Ellington

Producer – Jerry Valburn

Tenor Saxophone – Al Sears

Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Jimmy Hamilton

Trombone – Claude Jones, Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown

Trumpet – Cat Anderson, Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan

Voice – Al Hibbler (tracks: 2-22, ), Joya Sherrill (tracks: 1-7 , 1-13 , 1-18, 2-5), Kay Davis (tracks: 2-8)

Notes

Tracks 1-1 to 1-25 – Treasury Broadcast No. 26, Radio City, Studio 6-B, October 13,1945 (ABC)
Tracks 2-1 to 2-26 – Treasury Broadcast No. 27, Radio City, Studio 6-B, September 1,1945 (ABC)

 

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Duke Ellington And His Orchestra ‎– The Treasury Shows Vol.15

D.E.T.S. ‎– 903 9015

Tracklist

1-1 (Theme) Take The “A” Train

1-2 Johnny Come Lately

1-3 I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me

1-4 I’ll Buy That Dream

1-5 Stomp Look And Listen Into Station Break

1-6 (Theme) Take The “A” Train And Broadcast Return

1-7 The Wonder Of You

1-8 Ellington Bond Promo

1-9 Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho

1-10 The General Jumped At Dawn

1-11 Mood To Be Wooed

1-12 Three Cent Stomp

1-13 Yesterdays

1-14 Ellington Bond Promo

1-15 Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me

1-16 Stompy Jones

1-17 Time’s A-Wastin’ And Broadcast Closing

1-18 As Time Goes By

1-19 Way Low

1-20 Around My Heart

1-21 Perdido

1-22 Ogeechee River Lullaby

2-1 Oh! Lady Be Good

2-2 Nevada

2-3 Just Squeeze Me (Subtle Slough)

2-4 (Theme) Take The “A” Train & Broadcast Intro

2-5 Clementine

2-6 The Jeep Is Jumpin’

2-7 Don’t Take Your Love From Me

2-8 It Don’t Mean A Thing

2-9 Ellington Bond Promo

2-10 If You Are But A Dream

2-11 Emancipation Celebration

2-12 Caldonia

2-13 Ring Them Bells Into Station Break

2-14 (Theme) Take The “A” Train And Broadcast Return

2-15 A Door Will Open

2-16 Ellington Bond Promo

2-17 Court Session

2-18 That’s For Me

2-19 On The Atcheson, Topeka And The Santa Fe

2-20 Every Hour On The Hour

2-21 Ellington Bond Promo

2-22 How Deep Is The Ocean

2-23 Ellington And The Announcer “Joya’s Audition” Victory Drive

2-24 Autumn Serenade

2-25 (Theme) Take The “A” Train Into Broadcast Closing

Credits

Alto Saxophone – Johnny Hodges, Kermit Scott (tracks: 1-18), Nat Jones (tracks: 1-19 to 2-3), Otto Hardwicke (tracks: 1-1 to 17-1, 2-4 to 2-25)

Alto Saxophone, Clarinet – Oett “Sax” Mallard (tracks: 1-18)

Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Harry Carney

Bass – Junior Raglin

Cornet – Rex Stewart (tracks: 1-1 to 1-17, 2-4 to 2-25)

Drums – Sidney Catlett (tracks: 1-1 to 1-25)

Guitar – Fred Guy

Piano, Arranged By – Billy Strayhorn

Piano, Arranged By, Leader – Duke Ellington

Producer – Jerry Valburn

Tenor Saxophone – Al Sears, Ben Webster (tracks: 1-18 to 2-3)

Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Jimmy Hamilton

Trombone – Claude Jones, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol (tracks: 1-18 to 2-3 ), Lawrence Brown (tracks: 1-1 to 1-22, 2-4 to 2-25), Sandy Williams (tracks: 2-1 to 2-3)

Trumpet – Cat Anderson (tracks: 1-1 to 1-17, 2-4 to 2-25), Harold Baker (tracks: 1-18 to 2-3), Ray Nance (tracks: 1-18 to 2-3), Shelton Hemphill (tracks: 1-1 to 1-17, 2-4 to 2-25), Taft Jordan (tracks: 1-1 to 1-17, 2-1 to 2-25), Wallace Jones (tracks: 1-18 to 2-3)

Voice – Al Hibbler (tracks: 2-22 ), Joya Sherrill (tracks: 1-7 , 1-13 , 1-18, 2-5), Kay Davis (tracks: 2-8),The Golden Gate Quartet (tracks: 1-9,1-10), The Mellotones (9) (tracks: 2-12)

Notes

Tracks 1-1 to 1-17 – Treasury Broadcast No. 28, Radio City, Studio 6-B, October 27,1945 (ABC)
Track 1-18 – Broadcast from the Hurricane Restaurant, NYC, May 23, 1943 (MBS)
Tracks 1-19 to 1-22 – Broadcast from the Hurricane Restaurant, NYC, May 28, 1943 (MBS)
Tracks 2-1 to 2-3 – Broadcast from the Hurricane Restaurant, NYC, June 6, 1943 (MBS)
Tracks 2-4 to 2-25 – Treasury Broadcast No. 29, Radio City, Studio 6-B, November 3,1945 (ABC)

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

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The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



 

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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.


 

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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.


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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.


 

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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:



 

vol 6

 

vol 7

 

vol 8

 

vol 9

 

vol 10

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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

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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:



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    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.


 

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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.


 

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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)

 


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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.


 

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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.


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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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