April 1, 1944. New York.

MBS broadcast from the Hurricane Restaurant.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Rex Stewart, c; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Skippy Williams, ts; Harry Carney, bs, c, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Dooji3:1 Take The "A" Train
Dooji3:2 Concerto For Cootie
Dooji3:3 Johnny Come Lately
Dooji3:4 My Heart Tells Me
Al Hibbler, vocal
Dooji3:5 Blue Skies
Dooji3:6 Things Ain't What They Used To Be


April 2, 1944. New York.

Concert "Salute To Fats Waller" at Carnegie Hall.

Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington, p.

Rarities 70 *** Dancers In Love


April 13, 1944. New York.

MBS broadcast from the Hurricane Restaurant.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Juan Tizol, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Skippy Williams, ts; Harry Carney, bs, c, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

White Label RM-297/298
Caracol CAR-435
Rarities 70
*** Fickle Fling
White Label RM-297/298
Caracol CAR-435
*** Tea For Two
White Label RM-297/298 *** Three Cent Stomp


April 28, 1944. New York.

MBS broadcast from the Hurricane Restaurant.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Skippy Williams, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

White Label RM-343/344 *** Rockabye River [as Hop, Skip, Jump]
White Label RM-343/344
Caracol CAR-435
*** Jumping Frog Jump
White Label RM-343/344 *** Poinciana
White Label RM-343/344
Caracol CAR-435
*** On The Alamo


May 6, 1944. New York.

MBS broadcast from the Hurricane Restaurant.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Rex Stewart, c; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Skippy Williams, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Dooji3:7 Take The "A" Train
Musica Jazz MJCD-1124 Dooji3:8 Now I Know
Musica Jazz MJCD-1124 Dooji3:9 Perdido
Musica Jazz MJCD-1124 Dooji3:10 Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Al Hibbler, vocal
Musica Jazz MJCD-1124 Dooji3:11 My Gal Sal
Dooji3:12 I Didn't Know About You [as Sentimental Lady]
Dooji3:13 Take The "A" Train


May 7, 1944. New York.

MBS broadcast from the Hurricane Restaurant.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Skippy Williams, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Musica Jazz MJCD-1124 *** Jumpin' Punkins
Musica Jazz MJCD-1124 *** Poinciana
Musica Jazz MJCD-1124 *** It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Ray Nance, Taft Jordan, vocal


May 19, 1944. New York.

MBS broadcast from the Hurricane Restaurant.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, c, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

unissued Someone


May 20, 1944. New York.

MBS broadcast from the Hurricane Restaurant.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, c, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

unissued Someone


May 21, 1944. New York.

MBS broadcast from the Hurricane Restaurant.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, c, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

White Label RM-299/300
Caracol CAR-435
*** My Honey's Lovin' Arms
Ray Nance, vocal
Musica Jazz MJCD-1141 *** Blue Skies


May 24, 1944. New York.

Broadcast from the Hurricane Restaurant.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, c, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Musica Jazz MJCD-1124 *** Clementine
Musica Jazz MJCD-1124 Someone


May 25, 1944. New York.

CBS broadcast from the Hurricane Restaurant.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Rex Stewart, c; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, c, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Dooji3:14 Take The "A" Train
Dooji3:15 Someone
Dooji3:16 G.I. Jive
Dooji3:17 Three Cent Stomp
VP-705 V-Disc 252 Dooji3:18 My Little Brown Book
Al Hibbler, vocal
Dooji3:19 Johnny Come Lately
Dooji3:20 Blue Skies
Dooji3:21 I Didn't Know About You [as Sentimental Lady]
Dooji3:22 Stomp, Look And Listen
Dooji3:23 Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me


May 26, 1944. New York.

MBS broadcast from The Hurricane.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, c, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

VP-704 V-Disc 252 C42-44:19
VDisc:2/14
Mood To Be Woo'd


May 27, 1944. New York.

MBS broadcast from the Hurricane Restaurant.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, c, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Rarities 70 Someone
Caracol CAR-435
Rarities 70
Musica Jazz MJCD-1124
*** G.I. Jive
Rarities 70
Musica Jazz MJCD-1124
*** Three Cent Stomp
Musica Jazz MJCD-1124 *** Johnny Come Lately
Musica Jazz MJCD-1124 *** Blue Skies
Rarities 70
Musica Jazz MJCD-1124
*** I Didn't Know About You [as Sentimental Lady]


May 31, 1944. New York.

MBS broadcast from the Hurricane Restaurant.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, c, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Musica Jazz MJCD-1124 *** Midriff


June 1, 1944. New York.

Broadcast from the Hurricane Restaurant.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, c, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Azure CA-30 San Fernando Valley
Azure CA-30 Perdido
Azure CA-30 My Little Brown Book
Al Hibbler, vocal
Azure CA-30 Rockabye River [as Hop, Skip, Jump]
Azure CA-30 Ring Dem Bells
Ray Nance, vocal
Azure CA-30 Now I Know
Azure CA-30 Mood To Be Woo'd


June 2, 1944. New York.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, c, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Musica Jazz MJCD-1124 *** Main Stem
Musica Jazz MJCD-1124 *** My Little Brown Book
Al Hibbler, vocal


June 3, 1944. New York.

MBS broadcast from the Hurricane Restaurant.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, c, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Palm 30 05 *** Perdido
White Label RM-297/298
Caracol CAR-435
Palm 30 05
*** Irresistible You
White Label RM-297/298
Caracol CAR-435
Palm 30 05
*** How Blue The Night
Palm 30 05 *** Things Ain't What They Used To Be


June 4, 1944. New York.

MBS broadcast from the Hurricane Restaurant.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, c, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Caracol CAR-435
Musica Jazz MJCD-1124
*** Too Much In Love
Musica Jazz MJCD-1124 *** Mood To Be Woo'd
Musica Jazz MJCD-1124 *** Things Ain't What They Used To Be


July 8, 1944. Bainbridge, Maryland.

NBC broadcast "Coca Cola Spotlight Bands No 564" from The Naval Training Center.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, c, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

AFRS SB-409 Wash:5 G.I. Jive
AFRS SB-409
Rarities 70
Wash:6 Amor
AFRS SB-409 *** My Little Brown Book
Al Hibbler, vocal
AFRS SB-409
Rarities 70
Wash:7 Frankie And Johnny
AFRS SB-409 *** I Didn't Know About You [as Sentimental Lady]
AFRS SB-409
Rarities 70
*** It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Ray Nance, Taft Jordan, vocal
AFRS SB-409 *** Take The "A" Train [theme]


August 2, 1944. New York.

CBS broadcast "Mildred Bailey And Company" from CBS Studios.

Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington, p; accompanied by Paul Baron & His Orchestra.

AFRS SO-430 *** Dancers In Love [as Stomp For Beginners]


November 29, 1944. New York.

WMCA broadcast from the Apollo Theatre.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Cat Anderson, Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, c, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Hillard Brown, d.

Everybodys EV-3003 *** Things Ain't What They Used To Be


December 1, 1944. New York.

RCA-Victor recording session at Studio 2. First session after the union recording ban (8/42-11/44). Cat Anderson replaces Stewart. Joya Sherrill and Kay Davis replace Anderson.

Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra: Cat Anderson, Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

D4VB453-1 Victor 20-1623 C44-45:1
RCA:14/1
BB&B:1/5
I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues
Al Hibbler, Kay Davis, vocal
D4VB454-1 Victor 20-1618 AT9:6
RCA:14/2
I'm Beginning To See The Light
Joya Sherrill, vocal
D4VB454-2 Victor 20-1618 C44-45:2
RCA:14/3
BB&B:1/6
I'm Beginning To See The Light
Joya Sherrill, vocal
D4VB455-1 RCA FXM1-7302 AT9:7
RCA:14/4
Don't You Know I Care (Or Don't You Care To Know)
Al Hibbler, vocal
D4VB455-2 Victor 20-1618 C44-45:3
RCA:14/5
BB&B:1/7
Don't You Know I Care (Or Don't You Care To Know)
Al Hibbler, vocal
D4VB456-4 Victor 20-1623 C44-45:4
RCA:14/6
BB&B:1/8
I Didn't Know About You
Joya Sherrill, vocal


December 11, 1944. New York.

RCA-Victor recording session at Studio 2.

Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra: Cat Anderson, Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

Victor C44-45:5-7
RCA:14/7-9
BB&B:1/1-3
BLACK, BROWN & BEIGE
D4VC560-1 Victor 28-0400 C44-45:5
RCA:14/7
BB&B:1/1
Worksong [Black, Brown & Beige]
D4VC561-2 Victor 28-0401 C44-45:6
RCA:14/8
BB&B:1/2
Come Sunday [Black, Brown & Beige]


December 12, 1944. New York.

RCA-Victor recording session at Studio 2.

Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra: Cat Anderson, Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Sonny Greer, d.

D4VC562-3 Victor 28-0401 C44-45:7
RCA:14/9
BB&B:1/3
The Blues [Black, Brown & Beige]
Joya Sherrill, vocal
D4VC563-1 Victor 28-0400 C44-45:8
RCA:14/10
BB&B:1/4
THREE DANCES
D4VC563-1 Victor 28-0400 C44-45:8a
RCA:14/10a
BB&B:1/4
West Indian Dance [Three Dances]
D4VC563-1 Victor 28-0400 C44-45:8c
RCA:14/10c
BB&B:1/4
Sugar Hill Penthouse [Three Dances]


December 17, 1944. New York.

NBC broadcast "Music America Loves Best" from NBC Studios.

Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington, p; accompanied by Jay Blackton & His Orchestra.

AFRS MALB-1 *** Sophisticated Lady [medley]
AFRS MALB-1 *** Solitude [medley]
unidentified choir, vocal
AFRS MALB-1 *** Caravan [medley]
AFRS MALB-1 *** Mood Indigo [medley]
unidentified choir, vocal
AFRS MALB-1 *** It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) [medley]
unidentified choir, vocal
AFRS MALB-1 *** Main Stem
AFRS YSS-110 *** Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Gertrude Niesen, vocal


December 19, 1944. New York.

Concert at Carnegie Hall.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rex Stewart, c; Cat Anderson, Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, t; Ray Nance, t, vn; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Otto Hardwick, as, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, c, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Junior Raglin, b; Hillard Brown, d.

Prestige P-24073 CH4412:1/1 Blutopia
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:1/2 Midriff
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:1/3 Creole Love Call
Kay Davis, vocal
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:1/4 Suddenly It Jumped
Rarities 59 *** Frustration
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:1/5 Pitter Panther Patter
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:1/6 It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Ray Nance, vocal
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:1/7 Things Ain't What They Used To Be
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:1/9-12 THE PERFUME SUITE
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:1/9 Balcony Serenade [as Sonata] [The Perfume Suite]
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:1/10 Strange Feeling [The Perfume Suite]
Al Hibbler, vocal
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:1/11 Dancers In Love [The Perfume Suite]
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:1/12 Coloratura [The Perfume Suite]
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:2/1-4 BLACK, BROWN & BEIGE
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:2/1 Worksong [Black, Brown & Beige]
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:2/2 The Blues [Black, Brown & Beige]
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:2/3 THREE DANCES [Black, Brown & Beige]
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:2/3a West Indian Dance [Three Dances] [Black, Brown & Beige]
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:2/3b Sugar Hill Penthouse [as Creamy Brown] [Three Dances] [Black, Brown & Beige]
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:2/3c Emancipation Celebration [Three Dances] [Black, Brown & Beige]
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:2/4a Come Sunday [Black, Brown & Beige]
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:2/4b Light [Black, Brown & Beige]
Rarities 59 *** In A Sentimental Mood [medley]
Rarities 59 *** Mood Indigo [medley]
Rarities 59 *** Sophisticated Lady [medley]
Rarities 59 *** Caravan [medley]
Rarities 59 *** Solitude [medley]
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:2/5 Mood To Be Woo'd
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:2/6 Blue Cellophane
Rarities 59 *** The Air Conditioned Jungle
Rarities 59 *** Frantic Fantasy
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:2/7 Blue Skies
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:2/8a Frankie And Johnny
Prestige P-24073 CH4412:2/8b Metronome All Out


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