|A Duke Ellington Panorama|
Welcome to "A Duke Ellington Panorama." These pages are mainly a guide to the recordings of Duke Ellington released on CDs, LPs and 78s (with a few cassettes included as well). These pages are constantly growing, so check back every now and then.
Last major update: July 25, 2008. There are now 5,618 Ellington recordings indexed on "A Duke Ellington Panorama." Our goal is to eventually include all issued Ellington recordings - issued recordings are now complete for the years 1924-1944.
To explore more Duke Ellington resources please visit Ellington on the Web "I Ain't Got Nothing But The Links".
Correction sheets for the New Desor are available here. Click on NDesor in the frame at the top of the page.
If you are already listening to some Ellington, the only thing you might be lacking is a perfectly made martini.
The Duke Ellington Society
Meeting continuously since 1953.
The Duke Ellington Music Society
DEMS is an international organization devoted to studying the recordings of Duke Ellington. "A Duke Ellington Panorama" has the great honor of hosting The International DEMS Bulletin. Our collection of DEMS Bulletins is now complete!
Visit the DEMS homepage here.
Well done, my friend. We will miss you.
Take The 'A' Train
If you do not see the headings at the top of the page, "Take The "A" Train" right now.
I would like to dedicate these Ellington pages to the members of the Duke Ellington Society, Washington, D.C. I attended my first meeting in November, 1995. The members were considering moving to new quarters for their monthly meetings, from a fraternity house to a church. They had been in the same place for decades. Members began to wax eloquently about the great times they had and all the musicians who had played in that fraternity house. One member even had to stand up and touch the piano. "I remember that Duke Ellington himself played this piano for us," he said. I remember thinking to myself, "There's no way they can leave this place." When the President opened the matter to debate, there was only one question: "Can we still have happy hour at the Church? They will let us drink, won't they?" When that question was answered in the affirmative, the membership unanimously voted to move their monthly meetings to the Church. So much for sentimentality. I knew I had fallen in with a good group.
Luciano Massagli and Giovanni Volonté for their "The New Desor: Duke Ellington's Story on Records." This is a two volume discography of more than 1600 pages.
Sjef Hoefsmit for the Duke Ellington Music Society Bulletin. The DEMS Bulletin contains a wealth of information about Ellington recordings.
W.E. Timner for his fine "Ellingtonia: The Recorded Music of Duke Ellington and His Sidemen," presently in a Fifth Edition published in November 2007. If you want more information than you find here, Timner is the place to go.
Jerry Valburn for his "Duke Ellington on Compact Disc." Valburn's Ellington collection (at the Library of Congress) is the largest in the world. Yet Mr Valburn has kept up with the very latest Ellington releases on Compact Disc.
Jack Towers, who recorded the Fargo, North Dakota concert, for his willingness to loan a near stranger precious and inscribed Ellington material. God bless you, Jack, I photocopied it.
Richard Ehrenzeller for his excellent column "The Digital Jungle" in the TDES (N.Y.) newsletter.
Christian Dangleterre, Hans Christian Dörrscheidt, Sjef Hoefsmit, Ted Hudson, and Geff Ratcheson for providing me with otherwise elusive Ellington recordings.
On the day Saint Peter stamps my hand at the Gates of Heaven, the first thing I'll want to hear is The Fourth Concert of Sacred Music.
how this page came to be
If you have any comments or information to add, email Peter MacHare.