January 15, 1941. Los Angeles.

Standard Radio Transcription recording session in Hollywood RCA Studio.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Wallace Jones, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Ben Webster, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl,as; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Jimmie Blanton, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Standard 132 StdTrans:1/1 Frenesi
Standard 132 StdTrans:1/2 Until Tonight
Standard 132 StdTrans:1/3 West Indian Stomp
Standard 132 StdTrans:1/4 Love And I
Standard 132 StdTrans:1/5 John Hardy's Wife
Standard 132 StdTrans:1/6 Take The "A" Train
Standard 132 StdTrans:1/7 I Hear A Rhapsody
Herb Jeffries, vocal
Standard 132 StdTrans:1/8 Bounce
Standard 132 StdTrans:1/9 It's Sad But True
Standard 132 StdTrans:1/10 Madame Will Drop Her Shawl


January 16, 1941. Los Angeles.

NBC broadcast "Kraft Music Hall" from NBC Studios.

Duke Ellington & Jimmie Blanton: Duke Ellington, p; Jimmie Blanton, b; accompanied by John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra.

Queen Disc Q-007
Moon Records MCD-084
RCA FXM1-7134
*** Jive Rhapsody
Queen Disc Q-007
Moon Records MCD-084
RCA FXM1-7134
*** Jumpin' Punkins


January 28, 1941. Culver City, California.

MBS broadcast from the Casa Manana for the program "Radio Newsreel 20th Century No. 319." Interview by Doug Hatton.

Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington, Doug Hatton, talk.

100dvd:9 Interview


February 15, 1941. Los Angeles.

RCA-Victor recording session at Hollywood RCA Studio.

Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Wallace Jones, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Ben Webster, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl,as; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Jimmie Blanton, b; Sonny Greer, d. Billy Strayhorn replaces Ellington on "After All."

055283-1 Victor 27380 C40-41:8
RCA:11/8
VDisc:2/12
BWB:2/10
Take The "A" Train
055284-1 RCA LPV-517 AT8:20
RCA:11/9
Jumpin' Punkins
055284-2 Victor 27356 C40-41:9
RCA:11/10
BWB:2/11
Jumpin' Punkins
055285-1 Victor 27434 C40-41:10
RCA:11/11
BWB:2/12
John Hardy's Wife
055286-1 Victor 27356 C40-41:11
RCA:11/12
BWB:2/13
Blue Serge
055287-1 Victor 27434 C40-41:12
RCA:11/13
BWB:2/14
After All


February 16, 1941. Culver City, California.

MBS broadcast from the Casa Manana.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Wallace Jones, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Ben Webster, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl,as; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Jimmie Blanton, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Moon Records MCD-084-2 *** Take The "A" Train
Moon Records MCD-084-2 *** Jumpin' Punkins
Moon Records MCD-084-2 *** Flamingo
Herb Jeffries, vocal

Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Jimmie Blanton, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Moon Records MCD-084-2 *** Jive Rhapsody

As first entry for date.

Moon Records MCD-084-2 *** After All
Moon Records MCD-084-2 *** Chelsea Bridge
Moon Records MCD-084-2 *** Love Like This Can't Last
Ivie Anderson, vocal
Moon Records MCD-084-2 *** Blue Serge
Moon Records MCD-084-2 *** Take The "A" Train [theme]


February 20, 1941. Culver City, California.

MBS broadcast from the Casa Manana.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Wallace Jones, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Ben Webster, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl,as; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Jimmie Blanton, b; Sonny Greer, d.

100:14 Are You Sticking?
100:15 Chelsea Bridge
100:16 Love Like This Can't Last
Ivie Anderson, vocal
100:17 Moon Mist
100:18 It's Square, But It Rocks
100:19 In A Mellow Tone
100:20 Sepia Panorama


February 1941. Culver City, California.

MBS broadcasts from the Casa Manana. Titles from various sessions.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Wallace Jones, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Ben Webster, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl,as; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Jimmie Blanton, b; Sonny Greer, d.

unissued Clementine
unissued Madame Will Drop Her Shawl
unissued Jumpin' Punkins
unissued Unidentified ["S" In NDesor]
unissued Blue Serge
unissued Are You Sticking?
unissued Take The "A" Train [theme]
unissued A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing


May 14, 1941. New York.

RCA-Victor recording session at Studio 2. The version of "Solitude" with vocal by Cleo Laine combines Ellington's solo piano recording made this date with a recording made on October 3, 1994 by the Duke Ellington Orchestra lead by Mercer Ellington.

Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington, p.

065604-1 RCA FXM1-7135 AT8:21
RCA:11/14
SDT:6
Dear Old Southland
065604-2 Victor 27564 C40-41:13
RCA:11/15
SG3:1/13
Dear Old Southland
065605-1 Victor 27564 C40-41:14
RCA:11/16
SDT:7
SG3:1/14
Solitude
065605-1 BMG 68124 Solitude:9 Solitude
Cleo Laine, vocal
065605-2 RCA FXM1-7135 AT8:22
RCA:11/17
SDT:8
Solitude


May 29, 1941. Los Angeles.

NBC broadcast "Kraft Music Hall" from NBC Studios.

Duke Ellington & Jimmie Blanton: Duke Ellington, p; Jimmie Blanton, b.

Spokane 17 *** Stomp Caprice

Duke Ellington, p; Jimmie Blanton, b; John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra & Choir.

Temple M-554
Moon Records MCD-084-2
Queen Disc Q-007
RCA FXM1-7135
Spokane 17
*** Frankie And Johnny
unidentified choir, vocal


June 5, 1941. Los Angeles.

RCA-Victor recording session at Hollywood RCA Studio.

Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Wallace Jones, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Ben Webster, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl,as; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Jimmie Blanton, b; Sonny Greer, d.

061283-1 Victor 27502 C40-41:15
RCA:11/18
BWB:2/15
Bakiff
061284-1 Victor 27804 C40-41:16
RCA:11/19
VDisc:3/4
BWB:2/16
Are You Sticking?
061284-2 RCA FXM1-7135 AT8:23
RCA:11/20
Are You Sticking?
061285-1 Victor 27587 C40-41:17
RCA:11/21
BWB:2/17
Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin'
061286-1 Victor 27502 C40-41:18
RCA:11/22
BWB:2/18
The Giddybug Gallop


June 12, 1941. South Gate, California.

MBS broadcast from the Trianon Ballroom.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Wallace Jones, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Ben Webster, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl,as; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Jimmie Blanton, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Jazz Archives 15
RCA FXM1-7274
*** The Second Portrait Of The Lion
Jazz Archives 15
RCA FXM1-7274
*** Raincheck
Rarities 56 *** Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin'


June 26, 1941. Los Angeles.

RCA-Victor recording session at Hollywood RCA Studio.

Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Wallace Jones, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Ben Webster, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl,as; Duke Ellington, p, celeste; Fred Guy, g; Jimmie Blanton, b; Sonny Greer, d.

061318-1 Victor 27531 C40-41:19
RCA:11/23
BWB:2/19
Chocolate Shake
Ivie Anderson, vocal
061319-1 Victor 27531 C40-41:20
RCA:12/1
BWB:2/20
I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
Ivie Anderson, vocal
061319-2 RCA FXM1-7201 AT8:24
RCA:12/2
I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
Ivie Anderson, vocal


July 2, 1941. Los Angeles.

RCA-Victor recording session at Hollywood RCA Studio.

Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Wallace Jones, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Ben Webster, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl,as; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Jimmie Blanton, b; Sonny Greer, d.

061338-1 Victor 27700 C40-41:21
RCA:12/3
BWB:2/21
Clementine
061339-1 Victor 27517 C40-41:22
RCA:12/4
BWB:2/22
The Brown Skin Gal (In The Calico Gown)
Herb Jeffries, vocal
061340-1 Victor 27517 C40-41:23
RCA:12/5
BWB:3/1
Jump For Joy
Herb Jeffries, vocal
061340-2 RCA LPV-517 C41:1
RCA:12/6
Jump For Joy
Ivie Anderson, vocal
061341-1 Victor 27587 C41:2
RCA:12/7
BWB:3/2
Moon Over Cuba


July 3, 1941. Los Angeles.

RCA-Victor recording session at Hollywood RCA Studio. There was only one take of Menelik The Lion Of Judah.

Rex Stewart & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Lawrence Brown, tb; Ben Webster, ts; Harry Carney, bs, as; Duke Ellington, p; Jimmie Blanton, b; Sonny Greer, d.

061342-1 Bluebird B-11258 C41:3
RCA:12/8
SG3:2/1
Some Saturday
061343-1 Bluebird B-11258 C41:4
RCA:12/9
SG3:2/2
Subtle Slough
061344-1 "X" LX-3001 C41:5
RCA:12/10
RCA:12/11
SG3:2/3
Menelik The Lion Of Judah
061345-1 "X" LX-3001 C41:6
RCA:12/12
SG3:2/4
Poor Bubber

Johnny Hodges & His Orchestra: Ray Nance, t; Lawrence Brown, tb; Johnny Hodges, as; Harry Carney, bs; Duke Ellington, p; Jimmie Blanton, b; Sonny Greer, d.

061346-1 Bluebird B-11447 C41:7
RCA:12/13
SG3:2/5
Squaty Roo
061347-1 Bluebird B30-0817 C41:8
RCA:12/14
SG3:2/6
Passion Flower
061348-1 Bluebird B-11447 C41:9
RCA:12/15
SG3:2/7
Things Ain't What They Used To Be
061349-1 Bluebird B30-817 C41:10
RCA:12/16
SG3:2/8
Goin' Out The Back Way


August 25, 1941. Los Angeles.

Pre-recorded for CBS broadcast "Jubilee All Star Variety Program" at Hollywood CBS Studios.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Wallace Jones, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Ben Webster, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl,as; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Jimmie Blanton, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Columbia CBS forecast N. 12 *** Take The "A" Train
Columbia CBS forecast N. 12 *** Flamingo
Herb Jeffries, vocal
Columbia CBS forecast N. 12 *** Jumpin' Punkins


September 1, 1941. Los Angeles.

KFI broadcast "Salute To Labor" from KFI Studios. Selections from "Jump For Joy."

Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington, p.

Klon 1
Azure CA-22
The Brown Skin Gal (In The Calico Gown)
Herb Jeffries, vocal
Klon 1
Azure CA-22
Jump For Joy
unidentified choir, vocal
Klon 1
Azure CA-22
I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
Ivie Anderson, vocal
Klon 1
Azure CA-22
Rocks In My Bed
Joe Turner, vocal
Klon 1
Azure CA-22
Jump For Joy
unidentified choir, vocal


September 17, 1941. Los Angeles.

Standard Radio Transcription recording session at Hollywood RCA Studio.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Wallace Jones, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Ben Webster, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl,as; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Jimmie Blanton, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Standard 169 StdTrans:1/11 Clementine
Standard 169 StdTrans:1/12 Chelsea Bridge
Standard 169 StdTrans:1/13 Love Like This Can't Last
Ivie Anderson, vocal
Standard 169 StdTrans:1/14 After All
Standard 169 StdTrans:1/15 The Girl In My Dreams
Herb Jeffries, vocal
Standard 169 StdTrans:2/1 Jumpin' Punkins
Standard 169 StdTrans:2/2 Frankie And Johnny
Standard 169 StdTrans:2/3 Flamingo
Herb Jeffries, vocal
Standard 169 StdTrans:2/4 Bakiff


September 26, 1941. Los Angeles.

RCA-Victor recording session at Hollywood RCA Studio.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Wallace Jones, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Ben Webster, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl,as; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Jimmie Blanton, b; Sonny Greer, d. Billy Strayhorn replaces Ellington on "Rocks In My Bed" and "Chelsea Bridge."

061684-1 Victor 27700 C41:11
RCA:12/17
BWB:3/3
Five O'Clock Drag
061685-1 Victor 27639 C41:12
RCA:12/18
BWB:3/4
Rocks In My Bed
Ivie Anderson, vocal
061686-1 Victor 27639 C41:13
RCA:12/19
BWB:3/5
Bli-Blip
Ray Nance, vocal
061687-1 RCA FXM1-7274 C41:14
RCA:12/20
Chelsea Bridge


September 29, 1941. Los Angeles.

RCA-Victor recording session at Hollywood RCA Studio. Last of the small group sessions.

Barney Bigard & His Orchestra: Ray Nance, t; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl; Harry Carney, bs; Billy Strayhorn, p; Jimmie Blanton, b; Sonny Greer, d; Duke Ellington, dir.

061688-1 Bluebird B-11581 C41:15
RCA:12/21
SG3:2/9
Brown Suede
061689-1 RCA 75743 C41:16
RCA:12/22
SG3:2/10
Noir Bleu
061690-1 Bluebird B-11581 C41:17
RCA:12/23
SG3:2/11
The "C" Jam Blues
061691-1 His Master's Voice JO-290 C41:18
RCA:12/24
SG3:2/12
June


October 9, 1941. Los Angeles.

NBC broadcast "Kraft Music Hall" from NBC Studios.

Duke Ellington & Jimmie Blanton: Duke Ellington, p; Jimmie Blanton, b; accompanied by John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra.

Queen Disc Q-007
Moon Records MCD-084-2
*** Take The "A" Train


November-December 1941. Los Angeles.

RCM videos "Duke Ellington Soundies" made for the Mills Panorama Machine juke box recorded at Fine Arts Studio.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Wallace Jones, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Ben Webster, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl, as; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

RCM 100dvd:3-7
DEHOFvhs
DUKE ELLINGTON SOUNDIES [short films]
100dvd:3
DEHOFvhs
Cotton Tail [as Hot Chocolate] [from films Duke Ellington Soundies]
100dvd:4
DEHOFvhs
I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) [from films Duke Ellington Soundies]
Ivie Anderson, vocal
100dvd:5
DEHOFvhs
Flamingo [from films Duke Ellington Soundies]
Herb Jeffries, vocal
100dvd:6 Bli-Blip [from films Duke Ellington Soundies]
Marie Bryant, Paul White, vocal
100dvd:7
DEHOFvhs
The "C" Jam Blues [as Jam Session] [from films Duke Ellington Soundies]


December 2, 1941. Los Angeles.

RCA-Victor recording session at Hollywood RCA Studio. Junior Raglin replaces Blanton.

Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Wallace Jones, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Ben Webster, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl, as: Billy Strayhorn, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d; Duke Ellington replaces Strayhorn on "I Don't Know What Kind Of Blues I Got."

061941-1 Victor 27880 C41:19
RCA:13/1
BWB:3/7
Raincheck
061942-1 Victor 27740 C41:20
RCA:13/2
BWB:3/8
What Good Would It Do?
Herb Jeffries, vocal
061943-1 Victor 27804 C41:21
RCA:13/3
BWB:3/9
I Don't Know What Kind Of Blues I Got
Herb Jeffries, vocal
061943-2 RCA 09026 63386 AT8:25
RCA:13/4
I Don't Know What Kind Of Blues I Got
Herb Jeffries, vocal
061687-2 Victor 27740 C41:22
RCA:13/5
BWB:3/6
Chelsea Bridge


December 3, 1941. Los Angeles.

Standard Radio Transcription recording session at Hollywood RCA Studio.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Wallace Jones, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Barney Bigard, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Ben Webster, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl, as; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Standard 183 StdTrans:2/5 Stomp Caprice
Standard 183 StdTrans:2/6 Bugle Breaks
Standard 183 StdTrans:2/7 You And I
Herb Jeffries, vocal
Standard 183 StdTrans:2/8 Have You Changed?
Standard 183 StdTrans:2/9 Raincheck
Standard 183 StdTrans:2/10 Blue Serge
Standard 183 StdTrans:2/11 Moon Mist
Standard 183 StdTrans:2/12 I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire
Herb Jeffries, vocal
Standard 183 StdTrans:2/13 Easy Street
Standard 183 StdTrans:2/14 Perdido


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