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Ellington playing the electric piano, Billy Strayhorn on harpsichord and the 1932 band in stereo are just some of the different items you’ll hear from the Ellington oeuvre.
Borrowing the title of a 1963 album to survey a few of Ellington’s recordings with symphony orchestras.
A look at the music of Ben Webster after his tenure with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Continue reading
The addition of Ben Webster in 1940 permanently brought Ellington’s saxophone section to five members. But Webster’s tenor voice was to impact the band far beyond his four year tenure. Continue reading
Ellington was commissioned
by the American Ballet Theatre to write a ballet, which became “The River” in 1970.
Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp and others interpret Ellington’s music. Continue reading
Celebrating the 100th birth anniversaries of Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie through their connections with Duke Ellington. Continue reading
New Orleanian Barney Bigard joined the Ellington band in December 1927 and left in 1942 after tiring of life on the road. Continue reading
Cootie Williams starts his own big band after a year long stint with Benny Goodman.
After 11 years with Duke Ellington, Cootie Williams leaves to join Benny Goodman. Continue reading
We feature piano versions of Ellington’s music, by the Maestro himself and other giants like Hines, Tyner, Waller, Tatum and others…. Continue reading
Examining different interpretations of Ellington’s Far East Suite Continue reading
Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and the Ellington orchestra meet in 1958.
Duke Ellington lived in Harlem and celebrated the city and the people in song. Continue reading
Trains were a preferred mode of transportation for Duke Ellington and he captured their essence in several great compositions. Continue reading
Trumpet virtuoso and flugelhorn pioneer Clark Terry was a featured soloist with the Ellington band from 1951-1959 Continue reading
Duke Ellington’s career is given a boost by the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival by a spirited performance of
a pair of vintage compositions. Continue reading