Live At Carnegie Hall Dec. 11, 1943




The Duke Ellington Orchestra which performed the eagerly-awaited Second Carnegie Hall Concert on Dec. 11, 1943, was a band which consisted both of famous old alumni and exciting new talent like clarinetest Jimmy Hamilton, bassist Alvin Raglin and vocalist Al Hibbler. Because of the recording ban during World War II, doing live concerts became vital to maintain both the band’s popularity and some form of income. Add to this the fact that Carnegie Hall was the most prestigious venue of them all, and its easy to understand why the Ellington Orchestra was determined to play its best that evening, performing old standards and Ellington favorites. Among the many high points from this marvelous concert (which fills two CD’s) are excerpts from “Black, Brown and Beige”, Al Hibbler’s vocal rendition of “Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear From Me”, Rex Stewart’s showpiece “Trumpet In Spades” and, above all, the first performance ever of “New World A-Coming”.

Duke Ellington – piano & leader, Harold Baker, Rex Stewart – trumpet, Ray Nance – trumpet & violin, Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton – trombone, Jimmy Hamilton – clarinet, Johnny Hodges – alto sax, Skippy Williams – tenor sax, Harry Carney – baritone sax, Fred Guy – guitar, Alvin Raglin – bass, Sonny Greer – drums, Al Hibbler – vocals

Recorded December 11, 1943

Star Spangled Banner
Introduction by Duke Ellington
Introduction By Duke Ellington (Dec 10, 1943)
Ring Dem Bells
Take The “A” Train
A Duke Ellington Medley
Moon Mist
Jack The Bear
Tea For Two
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Honeysuckle Rose
Star Dust
Cotton Tail
“C” Jam Blues
Black and Tan Fantasy
West Indian Influence
Rockin’ In Rhythm
Lighter Attitude
Sentimental Lady
New World A-Coming
Trumpet In Spades
Floor Show
Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
Don’t Get Around Much Any More

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