In April 1945, to promote the sale of war bonds, the Treasury Department contracted Duke Ellington to do a series of 55 min public broadcasts. This double CD contains broadcast No. 34 and 35 complete with radio speaks and encouragements to buy bonds + bonus material and extensive liner notes.
CD 1 contains two radio broadcasts from San Antonio, Texas, April 13, 1946 and from Howard Theatre in Washington April 20, 1946 plus bonus tracks from Hurricane Restaurat in NYC, April 28, 1946
CD 2 features three radio programs from Worcester, April 27 1946 and from the Hurricane Restaurant May 12 & 19, 1944
Billy Strayhorn plays piano on Passion Flower, Don’t Take Your Love from Me and Sono on CD 1 and Just A’Sittin’ And A ‘Rockin” and We’ll Be Together Again on CD 2. Duke Ellington is the piano player on all other titles. Billy Strayhorn was quite active during the Treasury Series of 1945 – 1946. Not only did he accompany the singers but if you listen closely you can hear him giggling behind Duke Ellington’s Bond Promos as well.