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Duke Ellington: the Treasury Shows, August 1945

Duke Ellington Treasury Shows 10Wrapping up our series this week of Duke Ellington Treasury shows: In August of 1945 the United States’ war with Japan ended suddenly, and the war bonds that Ellington promoted every Saturday on “Your Date With the Duke” turned into “Victory Bonds.” His bond pitches placed special emphasis on the many wounded and injured veterans returning–or soon to return–from the war. In this program we’ll hear broadcasts from that month of “Work Song” and “The Blues” from Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige Suite, “Creole Love Call” with a vocal by Kay Davis, the World War II song “He’s Home for a Little While” (sung by Joya Sherrill), “Frustration” (a vehicle for baritone saxophonist Harry Carney), and a little-heard feature for trombonist Lawrence Brown, “I Miss Your Kiss.” The program ends with the Ellington band’s rousing rendition of the Mary Lou Williams-arranged “Blue Skies.” The Treasury broadcasts would continue (with some interruption) into late 1946, but it’s the wartime shows that best reflect the vital spirit of the times for both band and listeners. Click here to listen:

Duke Ellington: Treasury Shows August 1945

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Music Heard On This Episode

Harlem Airshaft
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 10 (D.E.T.S., 1945)
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Harlem Airshaft
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 10 (D.E.T.S., 1945)
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Frustration
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 9 (D.E.T.S., 1945)
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Blue Is the Night
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 10 (D.E.T.S., 1945)
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He's Home for a Little While
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 10 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: Joya Sherrill on vocals

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Creole Love Call
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 9 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: Kay Davis on vocals.

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I Miss Your Kiss
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 9 (D.E.T.S., 1945)
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Otto, Make That Riff Staccato
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 9 (D.E.T.S., 1945)
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Work Song
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 10 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: From the BLACK, BROWN & BEIGE SUITE.

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The Blues
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 10 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: Marie Ellington (no relation) on vocals. From THE BLACK, BROWN & BEIGE SUITE.

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West Indian Dance
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 10 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: From THE BLACK, BROWN & BEIGE SUITE.

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Subtle Slough
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 10 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: Later fitted w/lyrics and named

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Blue Skies
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 10 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: Mary Lou Williams arrangement.

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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