Ellington Today - Always Hip

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Every year dozens of top-flight musicians cover tunes from the biggest book in jazz—the Duke Ellington Songbook—with some 1,100 entries. In this hour of Jazz at 100 Today!, we'll listen to a few of the diverse responses to this body of work ranging from pianists Frank Kimbrough, Ahmad Jamal, Fred Hersch and Norah Jones to guitarists Dave Stryker and Mary Halverson, and trumpeter Terell Stafford.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Frank Kimbrough Trio "Single Petal of a Rose" from Live at Kitano (Palmetto) 3:11
  • Ahmad Jamal Quartet "I've Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)" from Saturday Morning (Jazz Village) 12:32
  • Fred Hersch solo "Caravan" from Solo (Palmetto) 18:09
  • Host speaks 25:39
  • Dave Stryker Quartet with Jimmy Heath "In a Sentimental Mood" from Messin' With Mr T (Strike Zone) 28:18
  • Terell Stafford Quintet "Smada" from This Side of Strayhorn (Max Jazz) 34:37
  • Host speaks 43:29
  • Norah Jones Quartet "Fleurette Africaine (African Flower)" from Day Breaks (Blue Note) 46:12
  • Mary Halvorson solo "Solitude" from Meltframe (Firehouse 12 Records) 50:29
  • Host Outro 57:14

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