Oh Babe, Maybe Someday — Fargo New Orleans-born clarinet player Barney Bigard was hugely popular with audiences, retaining his Creole heritage and training during 15 years with the Famous Orchestra.
His spin-off group, Barney Bigard and his Jazzopators, was yet another successful Ellington Small Band that cut two dozen excellent sides. After leaving Duke in the lates, he worked intermittently for a decade and a half with Louis Armstrong. Clarinet Lament — Fargo Rex Stewart was a horn-playing star cornet actually in his own right — before, during and after his mere eleven years with Ellington.
Among his professional pursuits after retiring from music were working in radio and television and writing about jazz for publications like DownBeat and Playboy magazine. He subsequently owned a acre dairy farm in upstate New York, operated a restaurant in Vermont, attended the Cordon Bleu cooking school in France and dedicated his life to fine cuisine. Boy Meets Horn — Fargo Chatterbox — Fargo The sudden departure in of three longstanding Ellington comrades was a shock.
Going their own ways were Johnny Hodges, trombonist Lawrence Brown a veteran of nearly two decades and drummer Sonny Greer who had been with him for 30 years.
Ellington rebounded quickly, raiding the orchestra of Harry James. Born in Puerto Rico, he was considered the most highly skilled musician in the band by his peers. Caravan — Portland Birthday Sessions. Conga Brava — Fargo A fine trumpet player and jazz violinist, the diminutive musician and over-sized stage personality was an accomplished dancer, beguiling singer and all-around showman.
Nance was one of the most popular singers Duke ever presented. The Birthday Sessions vividly illustrate that by the s Ray was a show-stopping entertainer and world-class ham.
By the late s his composing and concertizing had moved well beyond the conventions of Jazz and Swing. He strove to find broader horizons for expression, attempting to expand the scope of his music. Nonetheless, he always left room in his scores for improvised elements — brilliant soloing, collectively devised head arrangements or spirited call-and-response.
He presented it nearly complete on just one occasion to mixed response at Carnegie Hall in The lead section of this article may need to be rewritten. Use the lead layout guide to ensure the section follows Wikipedia's norms and is inclusive of all essential details.
April Learn how and when to remove this template message. Duke Ellington discography. Harlem Jazz, Ellingtonia, Vol. One Ellingtonia, Vol. Come Sunday. West Indian Dance.
The Blues - vBR. A View From Central Park. Cy Runs Rock Waltz. Interlude - Cy Runs Rock Waltz. Sugar Hill Penthouse.
Concert, at Symphony Hall. Broadcast, from the Hurricane Restaurant. April What's The Good Word Mr. Broadcast, from CBS studios. Broadcast, from Radio City. Broadcast, from WJZ studios. Duke Ellington, Tobe Reed tk. RKO film soundtrack.
Treasury Department recording session. BBC broadcast. Duke Ellington, Alistair Cooke tk. WMCA broadcast. NBC broadcast. Paul Lavalle cond. World Broadcasting System recording Session. Broadcast, from Trico Products Factory. Track Listing. Duke Ellington. Early Mornin'. Barney Bigard. Killing Myself. Your Love Has Faded. Country Gal. Minuet in Blues. Lost in Two Flats.
Billy Strayhorn. Honey Hush. Plucked Again. Stormy Weather. Mood Indigo.Duke Ellington, American pianist who was the greatest jazz composer and bandleader of his time. One of the originators of big-band jazz, Ellington led his band for more than half a century, composed thousands of scores, and created one of the most distinctive ensemble sounds in all of Western music.