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Duke Ellington November/December 1941

Main Session Personnel
trumpet
trumpet
trumpet, violin
trombone
trombone
trombone
clarinet, tenor 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 Cotton Tail 0:00
2 I Got It Bad 0:00 Ivie Anderson (vocal)
3 Flamingo 0:00 Herb Jeffries (vocal)
4 Bli-Blip 0:00 (vocal), (vocal)
5 C-Jam Blues 0:00
Content State: draft
source: "Ellingtonia" Online Discography - Marcus Girvan, ed.
Recording Date: 
1941-11-01 - 1941-12-31
Label Name: 
RCM
Leader(s): 
Duke Ellington
Skill/instrument: 
trumpet
Skill/instrument: 
trumpet
Skill/instrument: 
trumpet
Skill/instrument: 
violin
Skill/instrument: 
trombone
Skill/instrument: 
trombone
Skill/instrument: 
trombone
Skill/instrument: 
clarinet
Skill/instrument: 
tenor 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: 
Rex Stewart
Personnel: 
Ray Nance
Personnel: 
Ray Nance
Personnel: 
Lawrence Brown
Personnel: 
Joe Nanton
Personnel: 
Juan Tizol
Personnel: 
Barney Bigard
Personnel: 
Barney Bigard
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: 
Junior Raglin
Personnel: 
Sonny Greer
Personnel: 
Sonny Greer
Ensemble Size: 
big_band
Venue Type: 
film
Venue Location: 
Los Angeles, CA
Session Details: 

Soundtrack for a collection of soundies. 

From ellingtonweb.ca: a href="http://www.dailymotion.com/visited/search/ellington/video/xrzl8_duke-ellingtonhot-chocolate"target=_blank> Hot Chocolate - Duke Ellington with Whitey's Lindyhoppers(1941) 

  • Short 1941 video of Ellington's band doing CottonTail with Whitey's Lindy Hoppers providing the action.Ben Webster is soloing. This was one of five Soundies Ellington made, Soundies were like video juke boxes. Filming may have started as early as Nov 19, 1941 - the contract said "the week of Nov 24" and the band left Los Angeles for Eugene, Oregon on December 6. In an historical context, Pearl Harbour was bombed on December 7, the day the band started a week at Mayfair Theatre in Portland. It then played Dec 15 to 21 at Seattle's Palomar Theatre, then returned to LA before going east on Dec 29. The Soundies were the last films featuring the Blanton-Webster band, albeit without Blanton. Ivie Anderson and Barney Bigard left the band before Ellington's next film in 1942. 
    added 2006-10-07
  • Bli-Blip(1941) 
    This Soundie appears to be an exact recreation of the number from Jump for Joy - the Ellington band is off-screen throughout, and see Marie Bryant and Paul White dancing and singing. Stratemann thinks the prominent bass part near the end is by Junior Raglin, and he tells us the final trumpet solo is by Ray Nance. Lyrics by Ellington and Sid Kuller. 
      added 20061007