Jazz Unlimited for April 12 will be “The Compositions of Duke Ellington.” Duke Ellington was one of the great composers of the 20th century. His work lives on by continual performances and recordings by many artists in many musical genres. We will focus on some longer compositions played by the maestro and mainly lesser-known compositions by other artists including Brooks Kerr, the Empire Brass, Betty Roche, the Either/Orchestra, Kurt Elling, Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, the Concord Jazz Festival All-Stars, Ella Fitzgerald, Dr. John, James Carter, Mose Allison, Don Byron, Randy Weston, Slow Poke and Kenny Burrell.
The Slide Show contains my photographs of some of the musicians heard on this show.
The Archive for this show will be available until the morning of April 20, 2015.
Here is the 1962 Duke Ellington Orchestra playing Billy Strayhorn's "Take the 'A' Train with Ray Nance playing the trumpet solo.