Night Lights Classic Jazz

Duke Ellington: Treasury Shows, May 1945

Duke Ellington Treasury shows volume 4As part of our daily presentation this week of several big-band shows that I did in 2005 devoted to Duke Ellington’s Treasury shows, the Tuesday “May 1945″ edition finds World War II ending in Europe, something we hear Duke Ellington acknowledge several times throughout this program in his pitches for U.S. war bonds on “Your Date With the Duke,” the Saturday-afternoon radio show sponsored in 1945 and 1946 by the Treasury Department. With an invasion of Japan appearing imminent and necessary, the “Mighty Seventh” bond drive was begun, with a goal of seven billion dollars. This show, drawn from Ellington’s broadcasts throughout May, features arrangements of Ellington songbook-classics “Solitude” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” that feature all four of the then-current Ellington vocalists (Kay Davis, Joya Sherrill, Marie Ellington, and Al Hibbler), lesser-heard numbers such as “Everything But You” and “Teardrops in the Rain,” features for trombonist Lawrence Brown (“I Miss Your Kiss” and the little-known “Blue Cellophane”) and interpretations of pop hits of the day, including “I Should Care” and “Sentimental Journey.” Click here to listen:

Duke Ellington Treasury Shows: May 1945

PlayPlay

Music Heard On This Episode

Main Stem
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 3 (D.E.T.S., 1945)
album cover
Main Stem
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 3 (D.E.T.S., 1945)
album cover
Clementine
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 3 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: May 5, 1945 broadcast from Adams Theater in Newark, N.J.

album cover
My Heart Sings
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 3 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: Tin Pan Alley tune with Joya Sherrill on vocals.

album cover
Sentimental Journey
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 3 (D.E.T.S., 1945)
album cover
All at Once
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 3 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: Written by Kurt Weill-Ira Gershwin. Broadcast from Radio City NYC 5/12/45

album cover
I Miss Your Kiss
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 3 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: Featuring Lawrence Brown on trombone.

album cover
Blue Cellophane
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 3 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: Featuring Lawrence Brown on trombone; recorded only once more after this performance.

album cover
Teardrops in the Rain
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 4 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: Ellington-Cat Anderson composition. Broadcast from Paradise Theater in Detroit, 5/19/45

album cover
Everything But You
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 4 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: Joya Sherrill on vocals.

album cover
Perdido
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 4 (D.E.T.S., 1945)
album cover
I Should Care
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 4 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: Only three known Ellington performances of this Axel Stordahl-Paul Weston song, still fairly new in 1945.

album cover
It Don't Mean a Thing (if It Ain't Got That Swing)
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 4 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: Featuring Kay Davis, Marie Ellington, and Joya Sherrill all on vocals.

album cover
Solitude
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 4 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: Featuring Kay Davis, Marie Ellington, Joya Sherrill, and Al Hibbler all on vocals.

album cover
Suddenly It Jumped
Duke Ellington — Treasury Shows V. 4 (D.E.T.S., 1945)

Notes: Broadcast from Regal Theater Chicago, IL 5/26/45

album cover
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.

View all posts by this author »

Stay Connected

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Night Lights Classic Jazz:

Support For Indiana Public Media From

About Night Lights

Search Night Lights

where to hear night lights

This Week On Afterglow

Where The Rainbow Hits The Ground: Hoagy Carmichael In Hollywood

Still photo of Hoagy Carmichael and Lauren Bacall in the 1944 film TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT.

Hoagy Carmichael was already a successful songwriter when he moved to Hollywood in 1936, but it was the movies that made him a familiar face to millions.

Read more »

Afterglow is WFIU's weekly program of jazz and American popular song hosted by David Brent Johnson.

More from Afterglow »