My People




Duke Ellington’s ‘My People’ opened in Chicago August 16, 1963. Duke Ellington did everything. He wrote the music, the words, directed it and did the orchestrations. There were not enough money involved to hire Duke Ellington’s orchestra. Instead they hired a 16 piece orchestra with Jimmy Jones as the pianist. A recording of the show was made on August 20, 21 and 28 supervised by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington. The CD contains for the fi rst time the complete show. Duke Ellington in ’My People’ chose the strategy to emphasize the positive achievements of black people to America life, rather than protest against injustice. It had only one minute of social protest written into its script. ‘My People’ is not political. It has social signifi cance, but the accent will be on entertainment.

Duke Ellington's Orchestra

Recorded August 20, 21 & 27, 1963

Come Sunday
Will You Be There
Ain’t But No One
David Danced
After Bird Jungle
My People
The Blues Ain’t
Blues At Sundown
Working Blues
My Man Sends Me
Jail Blues
I Love My Lovin’ Lover
Jungle Triangle
King Fit theBattle of Alabam
Purple People
What Color Is Virtue
Purple People
Piano Blues Ouverture
Strange Feeling

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