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BBC Radio 2

The Duke Ellington Orchestra in Concert

recorded at the Colston Hall, Bristol. Conductor
Mercer Ellington.
Vocalist Tina Fabrique. Producer Mel House
BBC Two England

Duke Ellington

Featuring Duke Ellington and his band.
Network Three

THE MUSIC OF DUKE ELLINGTON

CHARLES Fox discusses and illustrates with records the emergence during the 1930s of Duke EMington as a composer and arranger
BBC Two England

Duke Ellington

... and his Famous Orchestra A film portrait of Edward Kennedy Ellington 1899-1974
For half a century Duke Ellington led the most celebrated orchestra in the world, and kept it stocked with virtuosi in every section-Johnny Hodges , Harry Carney , Cootie Williams , Paul Gonsalves , Lawrence Brown.
Among his 5,000 compositions are all-time hits like 'Mood indigo', ' Sophisticated lady ', Solitude' and ' Satin doll' as well as major suites and tone poems. Yet behind the sophisticated front the man himself was an enigma, and during his lifetime he managed to resist close scrutiny of his complex personality. ' Too much talk,' he once said, stinks up the place '. Russell Davies presents this portrait of Duke Ellington filmed in New York. Among those taking part are his sister Ruth, his son
Mercer Ellington , Cootie Williams , Dizzy Gillespie , Cab Calloway , Clark Terry , Louis Bellson , Jimmy Hamilton , Mel Torme and Joe Williams.
Film editor BEN MORRIS Producer PHILIP SPEIGHT
BBC One London

Omnibus Duke Ellington

and his Orchestra
Recorded last month during a public concert at the Odeon, Hammersmith, London Reeds:
PAUL GONSALVES , HAROLD ASHBY HAROLD MINER VE, NORRIS TURNEY RUSSELL PROCOPE , HARRY CARNEY Trumpets:
COOTIE WILLIAMS , JOHN COLES
EDWARD PRESTON , HAROLD JOHNSON MERCER ELLINGTON
Trombones: CHUCK CONNORS
MALCOLM TAYLOR , MITCHELL WOOD Bass, JOE BENJAMIN Drums, RUFUS JONES
Vocals, MEL BROOKSHIRE
Lighting HARRY THOMAS Sound CHRIS HOLCOMBE
Producer GEOFFREY HAYDON
(Duke Ellington and his Orchestra appear by arrangement with Robert Paterson ). Ellington at 72: page 3
Forces Programme

ELLINGTON AND CROSBY

' Creole love call played by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
St. Louis blues', played by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra : Singer,
Bing Crosby
BBC Radio 3

Performance on 3 Ellington at 100

Presented by Alyn Shipton. A collaboration between the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and the London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Paul Mann.
Movements from Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite both as arranged by Duke
Ellington and Billy Strayhom and in its original orchestration.
8.15 Sometimes I Just Take All the Bows
Russell Davies traces the development of Duke Ellington the band leader from the jungle music of the Carlton Club to the international concert stage.
8.35 Ellington, arr Marsalis Afro Bossa (Bula); Blues in Blueprint;
Happy Go Lucky Local: A Tone Parallel to Harlem
BBC Two England

Something Special

Tonight's programme was recorded in America and stars
Barbara McNair with guest star Duke Ellington
Recording
BBC Two England

Encore: Ellington in Concert: Part 1

The world-famous pianist-composer-conductor DUKE ELLINGTON and his Orchestra
First of two programmes recorded during a recent visit to this country
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra appear by arrangement with Harold Davison and Norman Granz
First transmission on BBC-2, April 21
BBC Two England

Ellington in Concert: Part 2

The world-famous pianist-composer-conductor
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
The second of two programmes recorded during a recent visit to this country
(Duke Ellington and his Orchestra appear by arrangement with Harold Davison and Norman Granz)
BBC Two England

Duke Ellington

... and his Famous Orchestra
A film portrait of Edward Kennedy Ellington 1899-1974
For half a century Duke Ellington led the most celebrated jazz orchestra in the world and kept it stocked with virtuosi in every section - JOHNNY HODGES , HARRY CARNEY , COOTIE WILLIAMS , PAUL GONSALVES , LAWRENCE BROWN.
Behind the sophisticated front, the man himself was an enigma, and during his lifetime he managed to resist close scrutiny of his complex personality. 'Too much talk,' he once said, 'stinks up the place.'
Russell Davies presents this portrait of Duke Ellington, filmed in New York. Among those taking part are his sister Ruth, his son Mercer Elling ton, Cootie Williams , Dizzy Gil lespie, Cab Calloway, Clark Terry , Louis Bellson , Jimmy Hamilton , Mel Torme and Joe Williams.
Film editor BEN MORRIS
Producer PHILIP speight
BBC Radio 2

Duke Ellington: Such Sweet Thunder

Russell Davies presents a three-part tribute to Duke
Ellington. The first programme looks at how, as a young man, he learnt the piano and took a band to New York.
Here he made his name at the Cotton Club. Featuring the voices of his sister Ruth, his son Mercer, some
Ellington bandsmen, Dizzy Gillespie , Mel Torme , and Ellington himself.
Producer Graham Pass
* Brian Kay 's Pick of the Week: page 45
National Programme Daventry

Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra

Duke Ellington, the famous American coloured dance-band leader and composer/arranger, is now on his first visit to this country, under the auspices of Jack Hylton. Tonight listeners all over the country are enabled to hear the first direct broadcast of this famous band from the studio in England. A relay of the band from New York was included in the Birthday Week programmes last November. Ellington has a dual title to fame: his original orchestrations and arrangements for the dance music played by his band, and his original compositions in the jazz idiom, notably Creole Rhapsody, Mood Indigo, and Hot and Bothered.
BBC Radio 3

Composer of the Week: Duke Ellington

With Geoffrey Smith. Throughout the thirties and early forties, the Duke
Ellington band reached a spectacular peak of excellence, thanks to star players like Johnny Hodges , Cootie Williams, Jimmy Bianton and Ben Webster. Ellington composed such three-minute masterpieces as Ko-Ko, Concert for Cootie and Main Stem, and his extended works included
Reminiscing in Tempo to Black, Brown and Beige, which was premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1943.
BBC Radio 2

Duke Ellington: Such Sweet Thunder

Rus,sell Davies presents the second instalment of his tribute to Duke Ellington. In the thirties, Ellington began his long collaboration with lyricist, composer and arranger Billy Strayhorn. In the forties, he used his royalties to keep his orchestra on the road.
BBC Radio 3

Composer of the Week: Duke Ellington

With Geoffrey Smith. Duke Ellington, who was born 100 years ago today, composed and recorded prolifically in the late fifties. He saluted
Shakespeare in his suite Such Sweet
Thunder, wrote the soundtrack to the film Anatomy of a Murder, gave
Tchaikovsky and Grieg the Ellington treatment, and paid his respects to Elizabeth II in The Queen's Suite. And in 1963 he contributed to the civil rights movement with the musical My People.
BBC Radio 3

* Duke Ellington

Charles Fox introduces reminiscences about the Duke by ALISTAIR COOKE and a complete performance on a record of the suite Such Sweet Thunder by DUKE ELLINGTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA in 1957,
Network Three

THE MUSIC of DUKE ELLINGTON

CHARLES Fox discusses and illustrates with records the role of Duke Ellington as bandleader and the use he has made of individual soloists
Network Three

THE MUSIC OF DUKE ELLINGTON

CHARLES Fox discusses and illustrates with records the post-war developments in Duke Ellington's work, including those compositions written in collaboration with Billy Stray -horn
Last of three programmes
BBC Two England

Duke Ellington We Love You Madly

A musical tribute to the greatest by the greatest in the world of jazz. A unique programme in concert featuring
Ella Fitzgerald ,
Count Basle Aretha Franklin , Sarah Vaughan Peggy Lee , Ray Charles and Duke Ellington himself including some of his never-to-be-forgotten musical works:
' Satin doll ', ' Sophisticated lady
' Caravan ', ' Mood Indigo ' and ' I'm beginning to see the light
Musical director and producer QUINCY JONES
Director STAN HARRIS






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