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Fascinatin' Rhythm

Edward Kennedy Duke’ Elling­ton was born on April 29, 1899, and passed away from lung can­cer on May 24, 1974. He remains one of the most influ­en­tial fig­ures in jazz, if not in all Amer­i­can music, and is wide­ly con­sid­ered as one of the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry’s best known African Amer­i­can per­son­alites. He gave Amer­i­can music its own sound for the first time. In his fifty year career, he played 20,000 per­for­mances in Europe, Latin Amer­i­ca, the Mid­dle East, as well as Asia. He is best remem­bered for the over 3ooo songs that he com­posed dur­ing his life­time; the best known ones being It Don’t Mean A Thing…’, Sophis­ti­cat­ed Lady’, Mood Indi­go’, Satin Doll’, and Soli­tude’ to name but a very few. When asked what inspired him to write, Elling­ton replied, My men and my race are the inspi­ra­tion of my work. I try to catch the char­ac­ter and mood and feel­ing of my peo­ple”. Long live the Duke of Elling­ton’s music.

Set #1

Artist Song Album
Patrice Jegou/Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orch. Jersey Bounce If It Ain't Love
Guido Basso C Fascinating Rhythm Jazz Canadiana
Duke Ellington & Ella Fitzgerald Duke's Place (1966) Ella At Duke's Place
Duke Ellington Tentet East St. Louis Toodle-oo (1926) Brunswick - Vocalion rarities
Duke Ellington & John Coltrane Qt. Stevie (1962) Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
Duke Ellington Orchestra C Creole Love Call Concerts in Canada-1973 Winnipeg

Set #2

Artist Song Album
Ron Collier Orchestra, feat. Duke Ellington C Fair Wind North Of The Border-Toronto, 1967
Duke Ellington Orchestra Sonnet For Caesar Such Sweet Thunder (1957) - Dedicated to The Shakespeare Festival in Stratford
Frank Sinatra & Duke Ellington I Like The Sunrise (1967) Francis A. Sinatra & Edward K. Ellington
Mae West & Duke Ellington Orchestra Memphis Blues/My Old Flame MAE WEST (April 23, 1934)
Duke Ellington Quartet, feat. Pass/Bellson/ Brown Love You Madly (1973) Duke's Big 4

Set #3

Artist Song Album
Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington It Don't Mean A Thing... (1961) In Grand Company
Duke Ellington with Stephane Grappelli/Svend Asmussen/Ray Nance String Along With Strings (1963) " " "
Duke Ellington & Mahalia Jackson Come Sunday - Part 4 Brown, Beige, Black Suite (1958) " " "
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra/Duke Ellington Orch.. The Minor Goes Muggin' (1945) In Grand Company

Set #4

Artist Song Album
Duke Ellington & Count Basie Until I Met You (Corner Pocket) (1961) The Count Meets The Duke - First Time!
Duke Ellington , feat. Johnny Hodges Day Dream (1967) "...And His Mother Called Him Bill
Duke Ellington Sunset & The Mocking Bird (1959) The Ellington Suites-The Queen's Suite
Duke Ellington & Rosemary Clooney I Got It Bad (1962) Blue Rose or In Grand Company