Major Glenn Miller went missing over the English Channel in December 1944. For decades afterwards, much of his wartime orchestra's music went missing as well.
The sounds and stories of the year that changed everything.
We'll hear music from Louis Jordan, Kitty Kallen with Jimmy Dorsey, Sam Donahue's Navy band, and much more.
In honor of the holiday weekend, we're posting both parts of last year's "American Popular Song and World War II".
In August of 1945 the United States' war with Japan ended suddenly, and the war bonds that Ellington promoted every Saturday turned into "Victory Bonds."
This edition of our ongoing Duke Ellington Treasury series features mid-summer performances from an Ellington appearance at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Duke Ellington was on the road during the summer of 1945 and some of this program's selections come from an Evansville, Indiana concert.
The "May 1945" edition finds World War II ending in Europe, something we hear Duke Ellington acknowledge several times throughout this program...
As World War II finally began to draw to a close, Duke Ellington began his series "Your Saturday Date With the Duke."
Compilations are usually anathema to jazz aficionados, but Allen Lowe's Devilin' Tune project offers a highly compelling tour of music history.