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Duke Ellington: Treasury Shows June 1945

Duke Ellington Treasury Shows 6Continuing our daily series this week of Ellington 1945 Treasury shows:
Duke Ellington was on the road during the summer of 1945 promoting the war-bond drive, and some of this program’s selections come from an Evansville, Indiana concert. In addition to “Indiana,” we’ll hear the Ellington orchestra performing “Body and Soul,” Ellington’s extended instrumental “New World a-Comin” (named after Roi Ottley’s proto-black pride 1943 book), the title song from his musical Jump For Joy, and classic Ellington songbook numbers such as “What Am I Here for?” “Jumpin’ Punkins,” “Warm Valley.” The music and bond pitches for this program were drawn from the CDs Treasury Shows V. 5 and Treasury Shows V. 6. Click here to listen:

Duke Ellington: Treasury Shows June 1945

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Music Heard On This Episode

Jump for Joy
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 6 (Storyville, 1945)
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Jump for Joy
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 6 (Storyville, 1945)

Notes: Ray Nance on vocals.

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Indiana
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 6 (Storyville, 1945)
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The Wish I Wish Tonight
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 6 (Storyville, 1945)

Notes: Joya Sherrill on vocals. From June 1945 Evansville, IN concert.

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Jumpin' Punkins
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 6 (Storyville)
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New World a-Comin'
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 6 (Storyville, 1945)

Notes: Title taken from Roi Ottley's 1943 civil-rights book NEW WORLD COMING

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Diminuendo in Blue
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 5 (Storyville, 1945)

Notes: Part of the

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Rocks in My Bed
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 5 (Storyville, 1945)

Notes: Part of the

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Crescendo in Blue
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 5 (Storyville, 1945)

Notes: Part of the

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Body and Soul
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 6 (Storyville, 1945)
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What Am I Here For?
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 6 (Storyville, 1945)
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Warm Valley
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 6 (Storyville, 1945)
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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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