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Duke Ellington was an extraordinary master of ceremonies who reveled in the spoken word….
Another set of visitors to the Ellington universe – Django Reinhardt, Don Byas, Rosemary Clooney and more!
Over a half century, Ellington crossed paths with many illustrious musicians….
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 disbanded his big band in 1947. This episode covers the period of 1947 up until 1962, the year Cootie rejoined Ellington.
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