Ellington Musicians Ellington Musicians

Name Inst Bday Born Died Years In Band Great Moments
Hayes Alvis b 5/2 1907 1972 1935-1938
Cat Anderson t 9/12 1916 1981 1944-1971* El Viti
Ivie Anderson v 7/10 1905 1949 1931-1942 It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Harold Ashby ts 3/27 1925 2003 1968-1974
Alice Babs v 1/26 1924
1968
Louis Bacon t v 11/1 1904 1967 1933-1934* Dear Old Southland
Shorty Baker t 5/26 1914 1966 1938-1962*
Butch Ballard d 12/26 1917
1950-1953*
Smith Ballew v 1/21 1902 1984 1930
Dud Bascomb t 5/16 1916 1972 1947
Sidney Bechet cl 5/14 1897 1959 1925, 1932
Aaron Bell b 4/24 1922 2003 1960-1962
Louie Bellson d 7/6 1924
1951-1953 1965-1966 Skin Deep
Joe Benjamin b 11/4 1919 1974 1970-1974*
Bill Berry t 9/14 1930 2002
1961-1962
Barney Bigard cl 3/3 1906 1980 1928-1942
Dave Black d 1/23 1928
1953-1955
Jimmy Blanton b 10/?? 1918 1942 1939-1941 Pitter Panther Patter
Wellman Braud b 1/25 1891 1966 1927-1935
Lawrence Brown tb 8/3 1907 1988 1932-1951 1960-1970
Chick Bullock v 9/16 1908 1981 1931
Harry Carney bs 4/1 1910 1974 1927-1974
Jeff Castleman b 1/27 1946
1967-1969
Chris Columbus d 1/17 1902
1967
Chuck Connors tb 8/18 1930
1961-1974
Willie Cook t 11/11 1923 2000 1951-1970*
Buster Cooper tb 4/4 1929
1962-1969
Baby Cox v


1928 The Mooche
Bing Crosby v 5/2 1904 1977 1930 1932 St Louis Blues
Wild Bill Davis org 11/24 1918 1995 1969-1971
Kay Davis v 12/5 1920
1944-1950 On A Turquoise Cloud
Wilbur DeParis tb 1/11 1900 1973 1945-1947
Henry Edwards bb 2/22 1898 1965 1925-1926
Duke Ellington p 4/29 1899 1974 1923-1974
Marie Ellington v


1944-1945 "the pretty department"
Mercer Ellington t 3/11 1919 1996 1965-1974 Things Ain't What They Used To Be
Rolf Ericson t 8/29 1922 1997 1963-1964, 1969 1969
Ella Fitzgerald v 4/25 1918 1996 1957-1966* Duke Ellington Songbook
Fats Ford t


1950-1951
1959-1961

Victor Gaskin b 8/25 1934
1969-1970
Matthew Gee tb 11/25 1925 1979 1959-1963*
Tyree Glenn tb 11/23 1912 1974 1947-1951 1968-1974
Paul Gonsalves ts 7/12 1920 1974 1950-1974 Dim & Cres In Blue
Sonny Greer d v 12/13 1895 1982 1923-1951
Fred Guy g bj 5/23 1897 1971 1925-1949
Adelaide Hall v 10/20 1904 1993 1927
1932-1933
Creole Love Call
Jimmy Hamilton cl ts 5/25 1917 1994 1943-1968 Jump For Joy
Otto Hardwick as 5/31 1904 1970 1923-1928 1932-1946*
Chauncey Haughton cl 2/26 1909 1989 1942-1943
Shelton Hemphill t 3/16 1906 1959 1944-1949
Al Hibbler v 8/16 1915 2001 1943-1951* I Like The Sunrise
Johnny Hodges as 7/25 1907 1970 1928-1951 1955-1970 Blood Count
Billie Holiday v 4/7 1915 1959 1934
Charlie Irvis tb ?? 1899 1939 1924-1926
Quentin Jackson tb 1/13 1909 1976 1948-1959
Hilton Jefferson as 7/30 1903 1968 1952-1953
Herb Jeffries v 9/24 1916
1940-1942
Freddy Jenkins t v tap 10/10 1906 1978 1928-1934 1937-1938
Jimmy Johnson d 1/20 1930
1959-1960
Lonnie Johnson g 2/8 1899 1970 1928
Money Johnson t 2/23 1918 1978 1968-1974
Claude Jones tb 2/11 1901 1962 1944-1948
Herbie Jones t


1963-1968
Rufus Jones d 5/27 1936 1990 1966-1973* Far East Suite Afro-Eurasian Eclipse
Wallace Jones t 11/16 1906 1983 1936-1947*
Taft Jordan t 2/15 1915 1981 1943-1947
Al Killian t 10/15 1916 1950 1947-1950
John Lamb b 12/4 1933
1964-1967
Steve Little d


1967-1968
Wendell Marshall b 10/24 1920 2002 1948-1953
Howard McGhee t 3/6 1918 1987 1961
Louis Metcalf t 2/28 1905 1981 1926-1928
Bubber Miley t 4/3 1903 1932 1924-1929
The Mills Brothers v


1932 Diga Diga Doo
Irving Mills v 1/16 1884 1985 1926-1930
Harold Minerve as cl 1/3 1922 1992 1971-1974
Eddie Mullins t


1959-1962
Ray Nance t vn v 12/10 1913 1976 1940-1965*
Joe Nanton tb 2/1 1904 1946 1926-1946
Oscar Pettiford b 9/30 1922 1960 1945-1954*
Eddie Preston t 9/5 1928
1963, 1971
Russell Procope as cl 8/11 1908 1981 1946-1974 4:30 Blues
Junior Raglin b 3/16 1917 1955 1941-1947
Betty Roche v 1/9 1920 1999 1942-1953
John Sanders tb


1954-1959
1967

Al Sears ts 2/21 1910 1990 1944-1949
Ernie Shepard b 7/19 1916 1965 1962-1964
Joya Sherrill v 8/20 1927
1944-1946
1956
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
Willie Smith as 11/25 1910 1967 1951-1952
Rex Stewart t c 2/22 1907 1967 1934-1945 Menelik The Lion Of Judah
Billy Strayhorn p 11/29 1915 1967 1938-1967 Take The "A" Train
Billy Taylor b 4/3 1906 1986 1935-1939
Malcolm Taylor tb


1970-1972
Clark Terry t 12/14 1920
1951-1959
Juan Tizol tb 1/22 1900 1984 1929-1944 1951-1953 1960-1961
Norris Turney as 9/8 1921 2001 1969-1973
Dick Vance t 11/28 1915 1985 1951-1952
Ethel Waters v 10/31 1896 1977 1932
Ben Webster ts 3/27 1909 1973 1940-1943 1948-1949
Mae West v 8/17 1892 1980 1934
Arthur Whetsel t ?? 1905 1940 1923-1924
1928-1936

Cootie Williams t 7/10 1911 1985 1929-1940 1962-1974 Ring Dem Bells
Francis Williams t 9/20 1910 1983 1946-1951
Nelson Williams t 9/26 1917 1973 1949-1951
1956
1958
1969-1970

Gerald Wilson t 9/4 1918
1954-1955 1959-1960
Booty Wood tb 12/27 1919 1987 1959-1960
1963
1970-1972

Jimmy Woode b 9/23 1928 2005 1955-1960
Britt Woodman tb 6/4 1920 2000 1951-1960
Sam Woodyard d 1/7 1925 1988 1955-1973*

*in band intermittently during years listed

I've tried not only to pick the greatest Ellingtonians here, but also some distinguished guests. I will include more personnel as I am able to find additional biographical information.

Take The 'A' Train