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Duke Ellington January 17, 1945

Main Session Personnel
trumpet
trumpet
trumpet
trumpet
trombone
trombone
trombone
alto saxophone
alto saxophone
clarinet, tenor saxophone
tenor saxophone
baritone saxophone
piano
piano
guitar
bass
drums
# Tracks Playtime Issue Variance from Main Session Personnel
1 Take the "A" Train 0:00
2 Blutopia 0:00
3 Air Conditioned Jungle 0:00
4 Frustration 0:00
5 Blue Cellophane 0:00
6 Suddenly It Jumped 0:00
7 Coloratura 0:00
8 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) 0:00
9 Introduction by Danny Kaye 0:00
10 Esquire Jump 0:00
11 Introduction by Danny Kaye (of Willie Smith) 0:00
12 Tea for Two 0:00 Willie Smith (alto saxophone)
13 Introduction by Judy Garland of Anita O'Day 0:00
14 Wish You Were Waiting For Me 0:00
15 Introduction by Lena Horne of Billy Strayhorn 0:00
16 Midriff 0:00 Billy Strayhorn (piano)
17 Introduction by Duke Ellington of Art Tatum 0:00
18 The Man I Love 0:00 (piano), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit)
19 I Can't Give You Anything But Love 0:00 (bass), (piano), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit)
20 Lionel Barrymore Presents Awards on Behalf of Esquire 0:00
21 Mood to be Wooed 0:00
22 Jerome Kern Presents Billie Holiday 0:00
23 I Cover the Waterfront 3:02 Billie Holiday (vocal)
24 Danny Kaye Presents Al Casey & Sid Catlett 0:00
25 Honeysuckle Rose 0:00 (bass), (piano), (guitar), (drums), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit)
26 Leonard Feather Presents the First 'Three-Way' Jam Session 0:00
27 Things Ain't What They Used to Be 0:00 (trumpet), (clarinet)
28 Lover Man 3:02 Billie Holiday (vocal)
29 Frantic Fantasy 0:00
30 Black (1st Movement of Black, Brown & Beige Suite) 0:00
31 Brown (2nd Movement of the Black, Brown & Beige Suite) 0:00
32 Beige (3rd Movement from Black, Brown & Beige Suite) 0:00
33 I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me 0:00 (trumpet), (clarinet), (bass), (piano), (guitar), (drums), (vocal), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit), (omit)
34 Frankie and Johnny 0:00
Content State: draft
genre: Swing
Recording Date: 
1945-01-17
Label Name: 
Sunbeam/Giants of Jazz
Leader(s): 
Duke Ellington
Skill/instrument: 
trumpet
Skill/instrument: 
trumpet
Skill/instrument: 
trumpet
Skill/instrument: 
trumpet
Skill/instrument: 
trombone
Skill/instrument: 
trombone
Skill/instrument: 
trombone
Skill/instrument: 
alto saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
alto saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
clarinet
Skill/instrument: 
tenor saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
tenor saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
baritone saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
piano
Skill/instrument: 
piano
Skill/instrument: 
guitar
Skill/instrument: 
bass
Skill/instrument: 
drums
Personnel: 
Rex Stewart
Personnel: 
Taft Jordan
Personnel: 
William Anderson
Personnel: 
Ray Nance
Personnel: 
Joe Nanton
Personnel: 
Lawrence Brown
Personnel: 
Claude Jones
Personnel: 
Johnny Hodges
Personnel: 
Otto Hardwick
Personnel: 
Jimmy Hamilton
Personnel: 
Jimmy Hamilton
Personnel: 
Al Sears
Personnel: 
Harry Carney
Personnel: 
Billy Strayhorn
Personnel: 
Duke Ellington
Personnel: 
Fred Guy
Personnel: 
Junior Raglin
Personnel: 
Hillard Brown
Ensemble Size: 
orchestra
Venue Type: 
radio broadcast
Venue Name: 
California Philharmonic Auditorium
Venue Location: 
Los Angeles, CA
Session Details: 

Since Varela only lists the two tracks on which Billie Holiday sings, we have relied on Lord for the other tracks during this radio broadcast concert. 

For 'Things Ain't What They Used to Be,' Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong were wired in from different locations. Armstrong from New Orleans and Goodman from NYC. 

I don't understand one thing about Varela's information: Duke is not listed as playing on the Billie Holiday tracks, but sometimes he does this because (I think) he assumes it's a given that the leader of a band plays on all tracks. Secondly, he lists one of the tracks as 'live track'. 

The reason that Varela lists one of the Billie Holiday tracks as a live recording, and the other as a broadcast, even though they were part of the same concert is the obvious one: only part of the concert was broadcast, but it was all recorded. 

 

Lord does not accurately or clearly list the individual movements and songs that make up the 'Black, Brown & Beige' suite. We got our information from the wikipedia page, which sources many studies on Ellington's composition that confirm the correct titles, orders, etc. Essentially, each movement (Black, Brown & Beige are each titles of movements) consist of 2-3 individual songs, often with alternate titles. 

Sources: 
Alberto Varela's Billie Holiday discography (http://varelasite.com.ar/billieholiday.htm); Tom Lord (lordisco.com); Wikipedia "Black, Brown & Beige Suite"