Duke Ellington July 29, 1940
|Main Session Personnel|
|clarinet, tenor saxophone|
|soprano saxophone, alto saxophone|
|clarinet, alto saxophone|
|clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone|
Depanorama (http://www.depanorama.net/dems/04dems1b.htm) describes some skepticisim regarding which tunes were recorded during this broadcast and which were a part of the next broadcast:
Eastwood Gardens in Detroit
04/1 DEMS 15
See DEMS 02/2-11/2 and 03/2-9/2
Recent research done by Ken Steiner shows Ko-Ko as first title on the 29Jul40 broadcast and At a Dixie Roadside Diner as the second title. Since Ko-Ko on Jazz Supreme 705 and Orchids for Remembranceare linked on the acetate, they cannot be part of the 29Jul broadcast!
The files show us the following titles (those of existing recordings are in bold):
Monday 29Jul40, 12:30 AM - 12:57 AM, NBC Red network
East St. Louis Toodle-Oo; Ko-Ko; At a Dixie Roadside Diner; Harlem Airshaft; I Don´t Mind; Me and You; Jack the Bear; Concerto for Cootie.
Cleared but not preformed: My Greatest Mistake; Date with a Memory.
Wednesday 31Jul40, 12:30 AM - 12:57 AM, NBC Red network
East St. Louis Toodle-Oo; The Sergeant Was Shy; You Think of Everything; Boy Meets Horn; I´m Checking Out-Goom Bye; Never No Lament; Rumpus in Richmond; Orchids for Remembrance;Rose of the Rio Grande; Warm Valley (nc).
Cleared but not preformed: Blue Goose; Tuxedo Junction; Sophisticated Lady; I´ll Never Smile Again; Pussy Willow.
These are the two NETWORK broadcasts done from Eastwood Gardens from this gig. LOCAL broadcasts over WWJ were preformed every night. The night it rained - 30Jul? - could be the date for the linked Ko-Ko and Orchids for Remebrance, but I will not speculate and thus show the date as "Jul40".
This is the announcement of Orchids of Remembrance: "In our introduction we announced this as music from under the stars. Let it be known here and now that rain has just been falling, almost in equal intensity with the beautiful sounds through our last ride. However this is music by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra and therefor these are Orchids for Remembrance."
I've had a chance to check The Detroit News for July 1940. The Ellington Orchestra was broadcast each night of the July 26 - 31 gig (except Sunday) over WWJ at 11:30 PM. I am unable to determine the time zone from the paper, so I am not sure if these match up to 12:30 AM, NBC broadcasts for the 29th and 31st.
Friday, July 26 does seem likely for the local broadcast we have where the rain falls. Scattered showers were predicted for the night, and the next day's paper does indicate that rain fell that day, but doesn't say exactly when.
I have more Detroit papers on order and maybe we can clear up the time zone issue. Othewise, I've got a nice ad to send you, and we did find out that in addition to the nightly performances, there was a matinee "Jam Session" on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM.