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Duke Ellington: Treasury Shows, July 1945

Ellington Treasury Shows V. 8This edition of our ongoing Duke Ellington Treasury series features mid-summer performances from an Ellington appearance at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, including “Day Dream,” “Carnegie Blues,” and a medley of Billy Strayhorn tunes with Strayhorn at the piano, while Marie Ellington (no relation, but Nat King Cole’s future wife) and Al Hibbler take turns at the microphone. We’ll also hear music from a Boston concert that includes the rarely-recorded “Bugle Breaks” from Ellington’s musical Jump for Joy, the contemporary Burke-van Heusen pop hit “A Friend of Yours,” “West Indian Dance” (from The Black, Brown and Beige Suite) and The Magazine Suite. The music and bond pitches for this program were drawn from the CDs Treasury Shows V. 7 and Treasury Shows V. 8. Click here to listen:

Duke Ellington: Treasury Shows July 1945

Music Heard On This Episode

In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 8 (D.E.T.S., 1945)
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In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 8 (D.E.T.S., 1945)
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Honeysuckle Rose
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 7 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: From a 6/30/1945 show at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

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Day Dream
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 7 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: Featuring Johnny Hodges

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Carnegie Blues
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 7 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: From

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Billy Strayhorn Medley: a) Chelsea Bridge b) Something to Live For c) Clementine d) My Little Brown Book
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 7 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: Marie Ellington sings

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Bugle Breaks
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 8 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: One of only three known recordings of this track, taken from Ellington's 1941 musical JUMP FOR JOY.

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A Friend of Yours
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 8 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: Burke-van Heusen song popularized by Jo Stafford and Frank Sinatra.

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West Indian Dance
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 8 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: From

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Downbeat Shuffle
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 8 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: From

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Esquire Swank
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 8 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: From

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Metronome All-Out
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 8 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: From

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