The Treasury Shows Vol. 8


From the earliest days of the band, the Ellington Orchestra had ties to New England. In April 1924, they performed in Salem, Massachusetts during a period when the Hollywood Club was closed down due to one of their "fires." Another "fire" in February 1925, gave them the opportunity to perform in Haverhill, Massachusetts. The band had extended tours in the region in the summers of 1926 and 27. The 1926 tour was significant in that it was the first documented time that Boston born Harry Carney performed with the band. In May 1928, Cambridge Massachusetts native Johnny Hodges joined the band. In the ensuing years, sometimes there would be quick trips to Connecticut or Boston, or sometimes more extensive touring of the New England countryside. In August 1940, they appeared at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire, of which there are recordings from radio broadcasts. Symphony Hall in Boston was the site of the second performance of Black, Brown and Beige. During the months of July and August 1945, the Ellington Orchestra did extensive touring of New England, performing in many of the out-of-the-way places. Boston native Paul Gonsalves joining the band and the triumphs at the Newport Jazz Festival lay in the future. For now, let us turn to the July 14, 1945 broadcast in Boston

Duke Ellington (piano, arranger, leader) Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Shelton Hemphill, Cat Anderson (trumpets) Ray Nance (trumpet, violin, vocal) Joseph Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones (trombones) Al Sears (tenor sax) Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet & tenor sax) Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (alto saxes) Harry Carney (baritone sax,clarinet, bass clarinet) Billy Strayhorn (piano, arranger) Fred Guy (guitar) Junior Raglin (bass) Sonny Greer (drums) Kay Davis, Albert Hibbler, Joya Sherrill (vocals) (b) Same as for (a) vocals by Albert Hibbler and Joya Sherrill (only)

Take the “A” Train [Opening Theme]
Waiting for the Train to Come In
In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
Diminuendo in Blue
Kissing Bug
Rocks in My Bed
Ellington Bond Promo
Crescendo in Blue
Bugle Breaks
Everything but You [Broadcast Close]
A Friend of Yours
Take the “A” Train [Opening Theme]
West Indian Dance
In a Mellow Tone
Ellington Bond Promo
The Wish I Wish Tonight
Tonight I Shall Sleep (With a Smile on My Face)
Ellington Bond Promo
Stomp, Look and Listen
C Jam Blues
I’m Beginning to See the Light [Station Break]
Ultra Violet
Take the “A” Train (Theme) [Broadcast Return]
There’s No You
(Medley) The Magazine Suite: Downbeat Shuffle
Emancipation Celebration
(Medley) The Magazine Suite: Esquire Swank
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
(Medley) The Magazine Suite: Metronome All Out [Ellington Bond Promo]
Let the Zoomers Drool [Station Break]
If You Are but a Dream
Take the “A” Train (Theme) [Broadcast Return]
Reminiscing in Tempo
Everything but You [Ellington Bond Promo]
Ellington Bond Promo
Ko Ko
Main Stem
The Mood to Be Wooed
Take the “A” Train [Broadcast Close]
Tea for Two
Ellington Bond Promo
A Door Will Open
Blues on the Double
My Little Brown Book
Things Ain’t What They Used to Be [Broadcast Close]
Stomp, Look and Listen

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