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Duke Ellington July 31, 1940

Main Session Personnel
trumpet
trumpet
trumpet
trombone
trombone
trombone
clarinet, tenor saxophone
soprano saxophone, alto saxophone
clarinet, alto saxophone
tenor saxophone
clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone
piano
guitar
bass
drums, chimes
# Tracks Playtime Issue Variance from Main Session Personnel
1 Rose of the Rio Grande 0:00 Ivie Anderson (vocal)
2 Warm Valley 0:00
Content State: draft
source: "Ellingtonia" Online Discography - Marcus Girvan, ed.
Recording Date: 
1940-07-31
Label Name: 
NBC Broadcast
Leader(s): 
Duke Ellington
Skill/instrument: 
trumpet
Skill/instrument: 
trumpet
Skill/instrument: 
trumpet
Skill/instrument: 
trombone
Skill/instrument: 
trombone
Skill/instrument: 
trombone
Skill/instrument: 
clarinet
Skill/instrument: 
tenor saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
soprano saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
alto saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
clarinet
Skill/instrument: 
alto saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
tenor saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
clarinet
Skill/instrument: 
alto saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
baritone saxophone
Skill/instrument: 
piano
Skill/instrument: 
guitar
Skill/instrument: 
bass
Skill/instrument: 
drums
Skill/instrument: 
chimes
Personnel: 
Wallace Jones
Personnel: 
Cootie Williams
Personnel: 
Rex Stewart
Personnel: 
Lawrence Brown
Personnel: 
Joe Nanton
Personnel: 
Juan Tizol
Personnel: 
Barney Bigard
Personnel: 
Barney Bigard
Personnel: 
Johnny Hodges
Personnel: 
Johnny Hodges
Personnel: 
Otto Hardwick
Personnel: 
Otto Hardwick
Personnel: 
Ben Webster
Personnel: 
Harry Carney
Personnel: 
Harry Carney
Personnel: 
Harry Carney
Personnel: 
Duke Ellington
Personnel: 
Fred Guy
Personnel: 
Jimmie Blanton
Personnel: 
Sonny Greer
Personnel: 
Sonny Greer
Ensemble Size: 
big_band
Venue Type: 
radio broadcast
Venue Name: 
Eastwood Gardens
Venue Location: 
Detroit, MI
Session Details: 

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 previous 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".
Carl Hällström**

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."
DEMS**

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.
Ken Steiner**