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Up In Harlem - Duke Ellington

Russell Perry By

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In previous programs in this series, we have listened to Stride pianists and jazz orchestras from New York. In this hour, we'll return to Harlem to listen to maybe the most important band leader in jazz history and one of the most significant composers of the music—Duke Ellington.

A contemporary of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington moved (from Washington, DC) to New York at roughly the same time and established himself as a recording artist. By 1927, he was established in residency at the Cotton Club, broadcasting nationally on the radio and building a repertoire of jazz compositions custom-made for the specific players in the band.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra "East St. Louis Toddle-Oo" from The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz (Smithsonian) 3:29
  • The Washingtonians "Black and Tan Fantasy" from The Norton Jazz Recordings (Norton) 7:06
  • Host speaks 10:15
  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra "The Blues I Love to Sing" from Duke Ellington: 1927 -1928 (Classics) 11:11
  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra "Creole Love Call" from Duke Ellington: 1927 -1928 (Classics) 14:17
  • Host speaks 17:28
  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra "Blue Bubbles" from Duke Ellington: 1927 -1928 (Classics) 18:03
  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra "Take It Easy" from Duke Ellington: 1927 -1928 (Classics) 21:17
  • Host speaks 24:25
  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra "Jubilee Stomp" from Duke Ellington: 1927 -1928 (Classics) 26:29
  • The Washingtonians "Black Beauty" from Duke Ellington: 1927 -1928 (Classics) 29:12
  • Host speaks 32:22
  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra "Tishomingo Blues" from Duke Ellington: 1928 (Classics) 32:58
  • Host speaks 35:50
  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra "The Mooche" from The Jazz Singers (Smithsonian) 36:48
  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra "Misty Morning'" from Duke Ellington: 1928 -1929 (Classics)
  • Host speaks 39:50
  • The Jungle Band "Tiger Rag, Part 1" from Duke Ellington: 1928 -1929 (Classics) 47:29
  • The Jungle Band "Tiger Rag, Part 2" from Duke Ellington: 1928 -1929 (Classics) 50:17
  • The Jungle Band "Mood Indigo" from The Norton Jazz Recordings (Norton) 53:39
  • Host speaks 56:45


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