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Beyond Category - Duke Ellington in the 1930s (1931 - 1940)

Russell Perry By

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In the last hour, we heard Count Basie emerge as an exciting new voice from Kansas City. In this hour, we return to New York to follow Duke Ellington's innovative path through the 1930s as he experiments with longer musical forms while building one of his greatest bands featuring tenor player Ben Webster and bassist Jimmy Blanton.

We are joined in this hour by Peter Spaar -bassist, composer, educator and member of the performance faculty of the McIntyre School of Music at the University of Virginia.

Playlist

  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Earl Jackson And His Musical Champions "Creole Rhapsody—Part 1" from Classic Jazz: Vol. 056, Duke Ellington (1931-32) (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 2:14
  • Earl Jackson And His Musical Champions "Creole Rhapsody—Part 2" from Classic Jazz: Vol. 056, Duke Ellington (1931-32) (Encyclopedia of Jazz) 5:22
  • Host speaks 8:42
  • Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" from The Jazz Singers (Smithsonian) 10:00
  • Ethel Waters With Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" from The Jazz Singers (Smithsonian) 13:08
  • Host speaks 16:14
  • Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra "The New East St. Louis Toodle-Oo" from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 18:50
  • Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra "Diminuendo In Blue And Crescendo In Blue" from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 24:32
  • Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra "Braggin' In Brass" from Duke Ellington: 1938 (Classics) 27:46
  • Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra "Concerto For Cootie" from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 30:30
  • Host speaks 33:46
  • Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra "Conga Brava" from The Norton Jazz Recordings (Norton) 37:45
  • Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra "Cotton Tail" from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 40:40
  • Host speaks 43:48
  • Duke Ellington Orchestra "In A Mellow Tone" from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 47:07
  • Duke Ellington & Jimmie Blanton "Pitter Panther Patter" from Solos, Duets, & Trios (Bluebird) 50:24
  • Host speaks 53:27
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra "Star Dust from At Fargo 1940 (Storyville) 53:54
  • Host Outro 58:09
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