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1949–1950...CBS-Broadcast "Jack Smith Show".DE907408,3-6NDCS 1089.2011

January 1950

1950 01 01
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1950 01 02
Monday
.activity not documented.
1950 01 03
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1950 01 04
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 01 05
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1950 01 06
Friday
.activity not documented.
1950 01 07
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1950 01 08
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1950 01 09
Monday
.activity not documented.
1950 01 10
Tuesday
1950 01 13
Friday
New York, N.Y.Schine Paramount Theater...08,3-9.Arne Neegaard2011
1950 01 11
Wednesday
.New York, N.Y.Schine Paramount Theatersee 1950 01 10.....2011
1950 01 12
Thursday
.New York, N.Y.Schine Paramount Theatersee 1950 01 10.....2011
1950 01 13
Friday
.New York, N.Y.Schine Paramount Theatersee 1950 01 10.....2011
1950 01 14
Saturday
1950 01 16
Monday
Syracuse, N.Y.Schine Paramount Theater
426 S.Salina St.
Theatre, 5 shows daily,
with Howell and Bowser, great comedy team, and Peck & Peck, sensational dancers
(Schine, at one time the largest independent U.S. theatre chain with 148 theatres in 6 states in 1942, was the subject of an anti-trust action.)

While page 17 of the January 8 Syracuse Post-Standard announced this would be a four day engagement beginning Saturday, the January 16 ad says "last times today" and an article just above the ad refers to the engagement as three days. The January 15 edition announces a John Wayne film will start Tuesday "after Duke Ellington leaves."
Ads, Syracuse Post-Standard:
  • 1950-01-08
  • 1950-01-13
  • 1950-01-15
  • 1950-01-16
.
...apgadded 2012-08-20
1950 01 15
Sunday
.Syracuse, N.Y.Schine Paramount Theatersee 1950 01 14....djpadded 2012-08-20
1950 01 16
Monday
.Syracuse, N.Y.Schine Paramount Theatersee 1950 01 14.....added 2012-08-20
1950 01 17
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1950 01 18
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 01 19
Thursday
.Toronto, Ont.Massey Hall......2011
1950 01 20
Friday
1950 01 28Detroit, Mich.Paradise TheatreTheatre appearance
Sometime during the Paradise run, the band was recorded for a March of Dimes radio broadcast on WJR

During this date, Ellington put Detroit songstress Chubby Kemp on contract. She would perform with the band Northrop in Minneapolis, and on the West Coast.
.DE500206,3-34..2011
1950 01 21
Saturday
.Detroit, Mich.Paradise Theatre......2011
1950 01 22
Sunday
.Detroit, Mich.Paradise Theatre......2011
1950 01 23
Monday
.Detroit, Mich.Paradise Theatre......2011
1950 01 24
Tuesday
.Detroit, Mich.Paradise Theatre......2011
1950 01 25
Wednesday
.Detroit, Mich.Paradise Theatre......2011
1950 01 26
Thursday
.Detroit, Mich.Paradise Theatre......2011
1950 01 27
Friday
.Detroit, Mich.Paradise Theatre......2011
1950 01 28
Saturday
.Detroit, Mich.Paradise Theatre......2011
1950 01 00.Detroit, Mich..Private party
Ellington was recorded singing and playing I'm Afraid and Joog Joog.
.DE5001...added 2011

updated 2012-12-10
1950 01 28
Saturday
.Cleveland, Oh.Masonic AuditoriumThis gig was identified by Joe Mosbrook by an advertisement and has not yet been confirmed. It is not impossible since the Detroit theatre engagement could have finished earlier in the day and the two cities are only about 180 miles apart...09,1-16.CAH2/092011
1950 01 29
Sunday
.Buffalo, N.Y.Memorial Auditorium......2011
1950 01 30
Monday
.activity not documented.
1950 01 31
Tuesday
.activity not documented.

February 1950

1950 02 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Vocalist Chubby Kemp joins the band
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
1950 02 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Jimmy Forest leaves the band. He will record with the band on Oct. 23, 1972.
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11
1950 02 01
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 02 02
Thursday
7 and 9:30 pm
.Madison, Wisc.Parkway TheatreOrchestra and entertainers, two "variety concerts"
Theatre manager John Scharnberg announced the Ellington program as:
  • I.
    • Jazz Accelerando
    • Bojangles
    • Creole Love Call
    • You Name It
    • Liberian Suite
  • II.
    • Resume
    • Songs (Lu Eliot)
    • Violet Blue
    • The History of Jazz in Three Minutes
    • Songs (Albert Hibbler)
    • Piano (Duke Ellington)


The Capital Times review says Symphomaniac was played by Duke
  • The Capital Times, Madison, Wisc.,
    • Announcements:
      • 1950-01-28, p4
      • 1950-02-01, p.15
    • Review 1950-02-03,p.5
  • Announcements, Wisconsin State Journal,
    • 1951-02-01, s.2,p.3
    • 1951-02-02, s.1,p.9
.08,3-9..added 2011

updated 2013-04-08
1950 02 00...PERSONNEL CHANGES
Tenor sax man Alva “Beau” McCain joins the band and singer Lu Elliott leaves.
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
1950 02 03
Friday
.activity not documented.
1950 02 04
Saturday
.Cincinnati, Oh.The Gardens......2011
1950 02 05
Sunday
.Chicago, Ill.Opera HouseTwo performances, afternoon and night, by the band and a vocal quintet, The Orioles, presented by Down Beat.
  • Announcement, The Capital Times, Madison, Wisc., 1950-01-28, p4
  • Stratemann p.310 citing Chicago Defender 1950-02-04 p.26
....added 2011

updated 2012-12-10
1950 02 06
Monday
.Kalamazoo, Mich. Central High School.Stratemann, p.310, citing DESB....added 2011

updated 2013-04-08
1950 02 07
Tuesday
..activities not documented

The California Eagle, 1950-02-23, p.11, reported a newlywed couple left Los Angeles on Feb. 3, stopped in Chicago and Lansing, and made their way back to Detroit, where met Ellington at the fashionable Gotham Hotel. Ellington, Hibbler and Sara (sic) Vaughn (sic),gave a party for them in their room.

If the story is reliable, it places Duke in Detroit around this time.
.
1950 02 08
Wednesday
..activities not documented
- see 1950 02 07
.
1950 02 09
Thursday
..activities not documented
- see 1950 02 07
.
1950 02 10
Friday
1950 02 11Ann Arbor, Mich.University of MichiganUniversity of Michigan Junior Class J-Hop (Junior Hop) dance - two nights
The Ellington and Louis Prima bands shared the bill, playing alternately on both nights to allow continuous dancing.

This annual event was the University's only strictly formal dance, with, this year, a "Deep in the Blues" theme. The decorations created an underwater illusion and a cosmetic company distributed a new cologne, J-Hop 51 as favours.

Attending from Traverse City were Miss Ann Maurer, with Parker Pennington, Miss Betty Badgero with William Fonce and Miss June Stromberg with Louis Culman would attend.

Coming from Benton Harbor were Miss Helen Kreider and Robert Gardner, Miss Patricia Rohring, escorted by Douglas Gelb of Rochester, Miss Dorothy DeWolf, with Liberato D'Addona of New York City, Miss Mary Stathopoulos and Milton Karnfills of Flint, Miss Roberta Piggott with Rodney Sonnenbert, John Ackenhusen escorting Miss Anne Goodyear of Hastings, Miss Violet Johnson and Richard Noll, and William Rohring escorting Miss Ann Fester of Lansing.
  • Announcements, Traverse City Record-Eagle
    • 1950-02-09, p.3
    • 1950-02-11, p.6
  • Review, The News-Palladium, Benton Harbor, Mich. 1950-02-13
.08,3-9.djpadded 2011

updated 2013-04-08
1950 02 11
Saturday
.Ann Arbor, Mich.University of MichiganSecond night of J-Hop dance - see 1950 02 10.....2011
1950 02 12
Sunday
.Milwaukee, Wisc.Pabst TheatreConcert at either 2:30 or 3 pm .Announcements, Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wisc.
  • 1950-02-05, p.16 re Feb 12
  • 1950-02-12, p.10 re Feb 12
.08,3-9..added 2011

updated 2013-04-08
1950 02 13
Monday
.activity not documented.
1950 02 14
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1950 02 15
Wednesday
.Tulsa, Okla.Convention Hall....Vail.2011
1950 02 16
Thursday
.MinneapolisNorthrop Auditorium....Vail.2011
1950 02 17
Friday
.activity not documented.
1950 02 18
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1950 02 19
Sunday
.San Francisco, Cal.Oakland Auditorium"Concert Varieties" programme - cancelled
While the Oakland Tribune carried an ad for this concert on Feb. 19, the concert was postponed to Feb. 26 and was to change to dance music.
Oakland Tribune
  • Ad, 1950-02-19, p.1-C ("Concert Varieties")
  • Announcement 1950-02-26, p.C-7 (change of dates and programme)
..Vaildjp
added 2013-04-08
1950 02 19
Sunday
.San Diego, Cal.Russ AuditorumConcertVail I....2011
1950 02 20
Monday
8:30 pm
.Los Angeles, Cal.Shrine AuditoriumConcert
The Eagle announcement named the vocalists as "Albert Hibbler, Kay Davis and Lu Eliot" and the rest of the band as well: Al Killian, Ray Nance, Harold Baker, Nelson Williams, David Burns, Lawrence Brown, Tyree Glenn, Quentin Jackson, Johnny Hodges, Harry Conney (sic), Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Jimmy Forrest, Sonny Greer, Wendell Marshall and Ellington. Tickets were available at all Mutual Agencies in Southern California. The programme was to include the Liberian Suite.
  • Stratemann, p.310
  • Announcement, Van Nuys News, 1950-02-13
  • Ad, California Eagle 1950-02-16
....added 2011

updated 2013-04-08
1950 02 21
Tuesday
.Stockton, Cal.Civic Auditorium...03,1-5..2011
1950 02 22
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 02 23
Thursday
.Fresno, Cal.Memorial Auditorium....Vail.2011
1950 02 24
Friday
.San Francisco, Cal.AuditoriumProgram of "Concert Varieties"Announcement, Oakland Tribune 1950-02-23, p.29..Vail.added 2011

updated 2013-04-08
1950 02 25
Saturday
.San Jose, Cal.Municipal AuditoriumProgram of "Concert Varieties"Announcement, Oakland Tribune 1950-02-23, p.29..Vail.added 2011

updated 2013-04-08
1950 02 26
Sunday
.Oakland, Cal. Oakland AuditoriumInitially announced as a program of "Concert Varieties," a later announcement said it would be dance music.

Personnel named:
  • Hibbler
  • Lu Eliot
  • Kay Davis
  • Killian
  • Nance
  • Baker
  • N.Williams
  • David Burns, trp
  • Brown
  • Glenn
  • Jackson
  • Hodges
  • Harry Conney (sic)
  • Hamilton
  • Procope
  • Forrest
  • Greer
  • Marshall
  • Ellington
.
Announcements, Oakland Tribune
  • 1950-02-19, p.1-C, for "Concert Varieties"
  • 1950 -02-20, p15 for program of sweet and low
  • 1950-02-23, p.29 announces "Concert Varieties"
  • 1950-02-23-Kay Davis photo and caption
  • 1950-02-24,p.30D
..Vail.added 2011

updated 2013-04-08
1950 02 27
Monday
.activity not documented.
1950 02 28
Tuesday
.activity not documented.

March 1950

1950 03 00...PERSONNEL CHANGES
Charlie Rouse, tenor sax, and Tyree Glenn, trombone, leave the band this month. Al Hibbler leaves as well, but will return in September.
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-25
1950 03 01
Wednesday
1950 03 07Los Angeles, Cal.Million Dollar TheaterProbably a vaudeville show. Ellington paid the costs and took 50% of the revenues.Billboard Mar.11, 1950 p.55....added 2011

updated 2013-04-11
1950 03 02
Thursday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Million Dollar TheaterSee 1950 03 07.....2011
1950 03 03
Friday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Million Dollar TheaterSee 1950 03 07.....2011
1950 03 04
Saturday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Million Dollar TheaterSee 1950 03 07.....2011
1950 03 05
Sunday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Million Dollar TheaterSee 1950 03 07.....2011
1950 03 06
Monday
8 am
.Los Angeles, Cal.Universal Studios Stage 10Pre-recording for the film ”Salute To Duke Ellington,” Ellington's second and last short film Universal, and his last short by a major Hollywood studio.

Although the call time was 8 am, recording started at 8:40 and ended at 12:25.

Band members included Kay Davis, Al Hibbler, Odessa (Chubby) Kemp, Duke Ellington, Al Killian, Shorty Baker, Ray Nance, Dave Burns, Nelson Williams, Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Charlie Rouse, Alva (Bo) McCain, Lawrence Brown, Quentin Jackson, Tyree Glenn, Harry Carney, Wendell Marshall and Sonny Greer.
Titles recorded:
  • Things Ain't What They Used To Be
  • Hello, Little Boy
  • The History of Jazz
  • She Wouldn't Be Moved
  • Violet Blue
  • Take the 'A' Train
  • You of All People
Stratemann pp. 311-320DE5003.07,1-2194,2-894,2-194,1-388,4-988,2-4.added 2011

updated 2013-04-10
1950 03 06
Monday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Million Dollar TheaterSee 1950 03 07.....2011
1950 03 07
Tuesday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Million Dollar TheaterSee 1950 03 07.....2011
1950 03 08
Wednesday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Universal Studios Filming ”Salute to Duke Ellington” - see 1950 03 06..07,1-21
94,1-3
Stratemann 311
Strat 313+317 photos
.2011
1950 03 09
Thursday
1950 03 15San Francisco, Cal.Fox Theatre.
  • Stratemann p.321 citing Variety 1950-03-15 p.10
  • Ads, Oakland Tribune
    • 1950-03-11 p.6
    • 1950-03-12 p.6C
....added 2011

updated 2013-04-11
1950 03 10
Friday
.San Francisco, Cal.Fox Theatre......2011
1950 03 11
Saturday
.San Francisco, Cal.Fox Theatre......2011
1950 03 12
Sunday
.San Francisco, Cal.Fox Theatre......2011
1950 03 13
Monday
.San Francisco, Cal.Fox Theatre......2011
1950 03 14
Tuesday
.San Francisco, Cal.Fox Theatre......2011
1950 03 15
Wednesday
.San Francisco, Cal.Fox Theatre......2011
1950 03 16
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1950 03 17
Friday
.activity not documented.
1950 03 18
Saturday
.Brookshire, Tex.Guion Hall
Texas A&M University

Military ball

(1)Guests of honour included a congressman, four generals and a colonel.

Society columns reported (2)Pat Hurt, Jacky Chapman, (3)Wanda Nelson, Diana Reed and (4)Pat Cox attended. The latter two were reported to have had a wonderful time.
  • Announcements,
    • The Baytown (Texas) Sun, 1950-03-13
    • Pampa (Texas) News, 1950-03-12,p.17

  • Society news items, (2)Brownsville Herald, 1950-03-19
    (3)Brookshire Times, 1950-03-24
  • (4)Lubbock Evening Journal, 1950 03 17 p.4
...AGP, djpadded 2012-09-18
updated 2013-04-11
1950 03 19
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1950 03 20
Monday
.activity not documented.
1950 03 21
Tuesday
.Rocky Mount, N.C.Cameo theatreFalse date
This appears to be a film short accompanying the movie Blanche Fury
Rocky Mount Evening Telegram 1950-03-20, p.5...AGPadded 2012-09-18
1950 03 21
Tuesday
.Wichita, Kans.Forum
Mr. Ray Overton brings Duke Ellington to the Forum, March 21. Ellington is one of the country's favorite musicians.
The Negro Star, Wichita, Kans., 1950 03 17, p.4...djp
added 2013-09-07
1950 03 22
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 03 23
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1950 03 24
Friday
.Carbondale, Ill.Southern Illinois University
Concert and dance sponsored by the Student Council
"Duke Ellington to Play at SIU, The Register-News, Mt. Vernon, Ill., 1950-03-14 p.2...djp
added 2013-04-11
1950 03 25
Saturday
.Chicago, Ill.Civic Opera House.Stratemann p.321 citing Chicago Defender 1950-03-11 np.30....2011
1950 03 26
Sunday
3 pm
.Institute, W.Va.West Virginia State College
Concert

Tickets $2 general admission, $1.50 for students
  • The Charleston Gazette, Charleston, W.Va., 1950-03-12 p.14
  • The Charleston Daily Mail, 1950-03-12 p.10
...djp
added 2013-04-11
1950 03 27
Monday
.activity not documented.
1950 03 28
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1950 03 29
Wednesday
1950 04 04
Tuesday
New York, N.Y.S.S. Île De FranceEllington and the band embarked by sea for their 2-1/2 month tour of Europe
PERSONNEL CHANGES
The Danish tour program lists personnel as Baker, Nance, Ernie Royal, Neslon Williams, Al Killian, Brown, Kelly, Jackson, Procope, Hamilton, Hodges, Carney, Byas, McCain, Marshall, Greer and Ballard, as well as Kay Davis, Strayhorn, Chubby Kemp and Charles Brooks.
  • George “Butch” Ballard, drums, was to be the backup for Sonny Greer, who was not always reliable.
  • Ernie Royal joined the trumpets
  • Tyree Glenn wasn't able to go to Europe, and was replaced by Theodore Kelly for part of the tour - DEMS notes Kelly was absent from some of the concerts at Palais de Chaillot, and from the June 20 concert at Salle Wagram. It also says German and Swedish DEMS members reported he was not in the band.
  • Al Hibbler stayed behind
  • Don Byas, tenor sax, was picked up in Paris
  • Charlie Rouse was replaced by Alva McCain.
New Desor vol.2
Stratemann, pp.320-321.
.05,1-20..added 2011

updated 2013-04-12
1950 03 30
Thursday
.Atlantic Ocean. S.S. Ile de Franceat sea - see 1950 03 29.....2011
1950 03 31
Friday
.Atlantic Ocean. S.S. Ile de Franceat sea - see 1950 03 29.....2011

April 1950

1950 04 01
Saturday
.Atlantic Ocean. S.S. Ile de Franceat sea - see 1950 03 29.....2011
1950 04 02
Sunday
.Atlantic Ocean. S.S. Ile de Franceat sea - see 1950 03 29.....2011
1950 04 03
Monday
.Atlantic Ocean. S.S. Ile de Franceat sea - see 1950 03 29.....2011
1950 04 04
Tuesday
.Le Havre, France.Arrival in Europe.....2011
1950 04 05
Wednesday
.Le Havre, FranceCinéma NormandieConcert..08,1-16
06,1-33
04,1-21
.Hoefsmitadded 2011

updated 2012-12-09
1950 04 06
Thursday
.Rouen, France.Concert..04,1-5+21..2011
1950 04 07
Friday
.Paris, France.Inedit interview
Georges Debroe wrote, in DEMS 04,1-5:

"...interesting radio broadcasts with the French bandleader Boris Vian,... an interview with Ellington ...in his hotel-room on the Avenue des Champs Elysées ... by an unknown radio man with Boris Vian and Maurice Culaz, the interpreter. They talked about the forthcoming stay in Paris with the band at the Palais de Chaillot starting 12Apr50 with 8 concerts, including 3 matinees... The band was supposed to include 20 people including 3 vocalists. The interview took 4:50 and was cut short by Duke's manicurist."
.DE904004,2-51
04,1-5+21
..added 2011

updated 2012-12-09
1950 04 08
Saturday
1950 04 10
Monday
Knokke, BelgiumCasino CommunalConcerts
The venue's name is unclear: Stratemann says Knokke-Le Zoute, Belgium; Casino Communal, Albert Plage.
DEMS 04,1 just says Knokke-Le Zoute, Belgium; Casino Communal.

I cannot determine if the Casino was in a hotel named Albert Plage, or if they are separate places/event.
..04,1-5
04,1-21
07,3-32
..added 2011

updated 2012-12-09
1950 04 09
Sunday
.Knokke, BelgiumCasino Communal, Albert Plagesee 1950 04 08.....2011
1950 04 10
Monday
.Knokke, BelgiumCasino Communal, Albert Plagesee 1950 04 08.....2011
1950 04 11
Tuesday
.Lille, FranceL'OpéraTwo concerts..04,1-21..2011
1950 04 1-?.Paris, France.Cocktail party

Stratemann writes that Ellington encountered Orson Welles at the tour's first Paris stop, and Welles asked Ellington to write the music for one of his plays, "Le Temps Court" (Time Runs); he writes that Duke spent what spare time there was during the tour to write the music.
...Gammphoto
Vail359photo
Vail367photo
.2011
1950 04 12
Wednesday
1950 04 16Paris, FrancePalais de ChaillotConcert
Poorly received - Der Spiegel wrote that the audience nearly booed the band off the stage. Ellington changed the programme by the time the band appeared in Switzerland.
Stratemann, p.322, citing Der Spiegel 1950-05-11 p.40.04,1-21Vail360photos..2011
1950 04 13
Thursday
.Paris, FrancePalais de Chaillot....KGphoto.2011
1950 04 14
Friday
.Paris, FrancePalais de Chaillot....KGphoto.2011
1950 04 15
Saturday
.Paris, FrancePalais de Chaillot...02,3-23
99,4-25
96,2-12
..2011
1950 04 16
Sunday
.Paris, FrancePalais de Chaillot...04,1-21..2011
1950 04 17
Monday
.Lyon, France.Concert..04,1-21..2011
1950 04 18
Tuesday
.Strasbourg, FrancePalais des Fêtes...04,1-21..2011
1950 04 19
Wednesday
.Nancy, FranceGrand ThéatreTwo concerts..08,1-16
06,1-33
04,1-21
01,2-28
..2011
1950 04 20
Thursday
...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Don Byas, tenor sax, then living in Paris, joins the band for the tour.
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11
1950 04 20
Thursday
.Namur, Belgium.Concert..04,1-21
02,3-23
99,4-25
96,2-12
..2011
1950 04 21
Friday
1950 04 25
Tuesday
Brussels, Belgium.Concerts..04,1-21..2011
1950 04 22
Saturday
.Brussels, Belgiumsee 1950 04 21.....2011
1950 04 23
Sunday
.Brussels, Belgiumsee 1950 04 21.....2011
1950 04 24
Monday
.Brussels, Belgiumsee 1950 04 21.....2011
1950 04 25
Tuesday
.Brussels, Belgiumsee 1950 04 21.....2011
1950 04 26
Wednesday
.Roubaix, FranceCinéma la Colisée...04,1-21
98,2-21
..2011
1950 04 27
Thursday
.Liege, BelgiumForum...04,1-21..2011
1950 04 28
Friday
.Den Haag, The NetherlandsGebouw voor K.& W..NMAH (Smithsonian) DE Collection Box 14 Folder 18 "Duke Ellington en zijn Orkest, presented by Julius Barkan" (Amsterdam and Den Haag, The Netherlands) [Program], April 28 and 30, 1950..07,3-10
04,1-21
..2011
1950 04 29
Saturday
.Antwerp, BelgiumConcertzaal van de Zoo...04,1-21..added 2011

updated 2012-12-09
1950 04 30
Sunday
.Amsterdam, The NetherlandsConcertgebouw04,1-21NMAH (Smithsonian) DE Collection Box 14 Folder 18 "Duke Ellington en zijn Orkest, presented by Julius Barkan" (Amsterdam and Den Haag, The Netherlands) [Program], April 28 and 30, 1950.... .2011

May 1950

1950 05 01
Monday
.Namur, Belgium.Concert..04,1-21..2011
1950 05 02
Tuesday
.Zurich, SwitzerlandKongresshausConcert
From an article in Jazz Journal, July 1950 written by Arthur Goepfert (see DEMS 08/1-15), one learns:
  • The band seems to have arrived by train.
  • "First surprising thing I learned was that although the boys were quite happy about the money, they earned, they were not so happy about working with the Duke."
  • Don Byas was accompanied by his wife and baby; Duke wanted Byas to return to the U.S.
  • Greer was drunk before the matinee
  • After the concert, about 150 people went to a dance hall and the fans each paid 8 francs so the musicians could drink free of charge. Procope, Hamilton and Ernie Royal jammed for hours.
  • Duke spent only about half the concert at the piano
  • Greer was perched high up above the band, and played fill-ins
  • Al Killian had lip trouble and a stomach ache. He was fed up with the music business and swore he would get out of the mess as soon as he was back in the States.


For many years, it was thought only one concert recording from the 1950 tour survived, taped in Hamburg. In 2007, the TCB label released a recording on CD of the entire Zurich concert except the medley.
.DE906408,1-15
07,3-10
07,3-44
04,1-21
NDCS 1084.added 2011

updated 2012-12-09
1950 05 03
Wednesday
.Geneva, SwitzerlandVictoria Hall...04,1-21..2011
1950 05 04
Thursday
.Geneva, Switzerland.Pre-RSR-Broadcast.DE5004...2011
1950 05 04
Thursday
.Lausanne, SwitzerlandThéatre de Beaulieu...04,1-21..2011
1950 05 05
Friday
1950 05 09
Tuesday
Milan, ItalyTeatro OdeonConcert

Sometime during the stay in Milan, Lawrence Brown became ill and was hospitalized in Milan for 9 days. Sjef Hoefsmit noted this in DEMS 04,1-21, writing that he did not know whether he was replaced, and if so, by whom.
..04,1-21..added 2011

updated 2012-12-09
1950 05 06
Saturday
.Milan, ItalyTeatro Odeonsee 1905 05 05.....2011
1950 05 07
Sunday
.Milan, ItalyTeatro Odeonsee 1905 05 05.....2011
1950 05 08
Monday
.Milan, ItalyTeatro Odeonsee 1905 05 05.....2011
1950 05 09
Tuesday
.Milan, ItalyTeatro Odeonsee 1905 05 05.....2011
1950 05 10
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 05 11
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1950 05 12
Friday
1950 05 16
Tuesday
Rome, ItalyTeatro Quirino...04,1-21Hasse 296 photo.2011
1950 05 13
Saturday
.Rome, ItalyTeatro Quirinosee 1950 05 12.....2011
1950 05 14
Sunday
.Rome, ItalyTeatro Quirinosee 1950 05 12.....2011
1950 05 15
Monday
.Rome, ItalyTeatro Quirinosee 1950 05 12.....2011
1950 05 16
Tuesday
.Rome, ItalyTeatro Quirinosee 1950 05 12.....2011
1950 05 17
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 05 18
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1950 05 19
Friday
.activity not documented.
1950 05 20
Saturday
.Genova, ItalyTeatro Augustus
Concert

This date in Genoa is not shown in either Stratemann or DEMS 04,1-21
...Vail.added 2011

updated 2012-12-09
1950 05 21
Sunday
.Genova, ItalyTeatro AugustusConcert

(note DEMS 04,1-21 says the venue was "Teatro Gusgustus" but this is likely a typing mistake.
..04,1-21..added 2011

updated 2012-12-09
1950 05 22
Monday
1950 05 23
Tuesday
Torino, ItalyTeatro Alfieri...04,1-21..2011<
1950 05 23
Tuesday
.Torino, ItalyTeatro Alfierisee 1950 05 22......2011
1950 05 24
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 05 24
Wednesday
...activities not documented....2011
1950 05 25
Thursday
.Como, ItalyTeatro Politeama...04,1-21..2011
1950 05 26
Friday
.Baden Baden, GermanyCasino
Concert

This appearance is not shown in either Stratemann or DEMS 04,1-21
...Vail.2011
1950 05 27
Saturday
.Frankfurt, GermanyAlthoff Bau...04,1-21
01,2-21
O1,1-13
97,3-18
poster-adCAHjul112011
1950 05 27
Saturday
.New York, N.Y..Peripheral event
The May 27, 1950 edition of The Daily Worker reported that Ellington had signed a communist-inspired Stockholm peace petition. The allegation was also printed in its August 25 and 27 editions. Ellington denied this, and threatened to sue. Several news reports in late October say the Daily Worker apologized to Duke to avoid the lawsuit.
Blacklisting - Two Key Documents by Merle Miller and John Cogley.djpAdded 2012-08-18
1950 05 28
Sunday
.Hannover, GermanyNiedersachsenhalle...04,1-21
01,2-21
01,1-11
97,3-18
..2011
1950 05 29
Monday
.Hamburg, GermanyMusikhalleAfternoon concert NWDR-broadcast on 26jun50
BFN-broadcast later
.....2011
1950 05 29
Monday
.Hamburg, GermanyMusikhalleEvening concert.....2011
1950 05 29
Monday
.Hamburg MusikhalleEvening Concert......2011
1950 05 29
Monday
.Hamburg Boccaccio ClubParty Anglo-German Swing Club..DE5007 08,1-16+19
07,3-10
06,1-33
05,1-20
04,1-21
03,2-28
01,3-10/22
01,2-21
01,1-11
97,3-18
.R.Schneider11/092011
1950 05 30
Tuesday
..Travel ?...01,2-21
01,1-13
..2011
1950 05 31
Wednesday
.Kobenhavn, DenmarkTrain stationEllington was greeted by a local costumed wedding bandPhoto in Stratemann, p.321...djp
added 2013-04-12
1950 05 31
Wednesday
.Kobenhavn, DenmarkKB-HallenTwo concerts.....2011
1950 05 31
Wednesday
.Kobenhavn, DenmarkSt Thomas Restaurant..DE500504,1-21
02,3-15
01,2-21
01,1-13
97,3-18
88,2-1
Strat321photo
DEMS 89/1photo
..2011

June 1950

1950 06 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
George “Butch” Ballard, drums, and Kay Davis, vocals, leave the band
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-10
1950 06 01
Thursday
.Kobenhavn, DenmarkKobenhavn HallenTwo concerts/td>..04,1-21
02,3-23
01,3-18
01,2-21
01,1-13
97,3-18
96,2-12
..2011
1950 06 02
Friday
.Malmö, SwedenStadsteaternConcert

(According to Rolf Dahlgren, in DESS Bulletin 4, Nov. 2012, the Swedish concerts played to half-full houses due to very hot weather.)
..04,2-28
04,1-21
01,2-21
01,1-13
97,3-18
Vail363photo
Strat568photo
.added 2011

updated 2012-12-09
1950 06 03
Saturday
.Stockholm, SwedenKonserthuset...04,1-21
01,2-21
01,1-11
97,3-18
Vail364photos.2011
1950 06 04
Sunday
.Stockholm, SwedenTennishallen...04,1-21
01,2-21
01,1-11
97,3-18
..2011
1950 06 05
Monday
.Göteborg, SwedenCircus...04,1-21
01,2-21
01,1-11
97,3-18
..2011
1950 06 06
Tuesday
.Aarhus, DenmarkAarhus-HallenTwo concerts..04,1-21
01,2-21
01,1-11
97,3-18
Stratemann, p.322djpadded 2011

updated 2012-12-09
1950 06 06
Tuesday
(late night)
.Aarhus, DenmarkHammerschmidts Optagelses-Studie
(radio and photo shop)
Recording session for Rundskue Kommite
Duke Ellington and vocalist Ingvar Blicher-Hansen
Titles recorded:
  • Sophisticated Lady (piano solo)
  • Mood Indigo (piano solo)
  • I'm Afraid (Ellington piano and vocal)
  • I Met A Little Miss (with vocal)


The first two titles were made for a special recording, with only 10 copies made, autographed by Duke, for a lottery to be conducted for a benefit, Aarhus Rundskuedag.

The third title has Ellington singing! and the fourth features Herr Blicher-Hansen
.DE5006..added 2011

updated 2012-12-09
1950 06 07
Wednesday
..Travel ?.....2011
1950 06 08
Thursday
.FrankfurtAlthoff Bau...04,1-21
01,2-21
01,1-13
97,3-18
..2011
1950 06 09
Friday
...activities not documented ..01,2-21
01,1-13
97,3-18
..2011
1950 06 10
Saturday
...PERSONNEL CHANGE
DEMS shows Al Killian left the band to return to the U.S. sometime between the June 8 and 10 concerts. Not confirmed.
DEMS 04,1-21djpAdded 2013-04-12
1950 06 10
Saturday
...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Don Byas leaves the band, although he will record with it twice in later life
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11
1950 06 10
Saturday
.Hamburg, GermanyAlu-Palast.Two concerts

Stratemann shows the venue as Ernst Mercke Halle but it appears Ernst Mercke Halle did not exist in 1950.
DE500704,1-21
01,3-10/22
01,2-21
01,1-11
97,3-18
Timner corrections -4
R.Schneider11/09added 2011

updated 2013-04-08
1950 06 11
Sunday
.Hamburg, GermanyAlu-Palast2 Concerts - see 1950 06 10..04,1-21
01,2-21
01,1-13
97,3-18
.R.Schneider11/092011
1950 06 12
Monday
.Dortmund, GermanyCapitol...04,1-21
01,2-21
01,1-13
..2011
1950 06 13
Tuesday
.Dusseldorf, GermanyApollo...04,1-21
01,2-21
01,1-13
97,3-18
..2011
1950 06 14
Wednesday
.Heidelberg, GermanyStadthalle2 concerts: 6:30+9pm..10,3-16ad:Age d'Or du Jazz.2011
1950 06 15
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1950 06 16
Friday
.Basel, SwitzerlandStadt-Casino..04,1-21JPnov07.2011
1950 06 17
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1950 06 18
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1950 06 19
Monday
.activity not documented.
1950 06 20
Tuesday
.Paris, FranceSalle Wagram...04,1-21
02,3-23
02,1-5
99,4-25
98,3-13
98,2-22
97,2-22
96,2-12
..2011
1950 06 21
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 06 22
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1950 06 23
Friday
.activity not documented.
1950 06 24
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1950 06 25
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1950 06 26
Monday
.Bern, Switzerland Casino ??..04,1-21..2011
1950 06 27
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1950 06 28
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 06 29
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1950 06 30
Friday
.Atlantic Ocean.Travel back to U.S.A..04,1-21..2011

July 1950

1950 07 00...PERSONNEL CHANGES
  • Singer June Norton joins the band, but will leave in August
  • Trumpeter Ernie Royal leaves the band
  • Trumpeter Fats Ford (Andres Marenguito), joins the band
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
1950 07 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
New Desor says trumpeter Al Killian left the band sometime in July, but a source tells me he didn't quit, instead he took a vacation after the European tour. (DEMS has him returning home between June 8 and 10.
New Desor vol.2djp; P.Willard email 2012-10-28Added 2012-10-28
1950 07 01
Saturday
..activities not documented - believed to be time off.
1950 07 02
Sunday
..activities not documented - believed to be time off.
1950 07 03
Monday
..activities not documented - believed to be time off.
1950 07 04
Tuesday
..activities not documented - believed to be time off.
1950 07 05
Wednesday
..activities not documented - believed to be time off.
1950 07 06
Thursday
..activities not documented - believed to be time off.
1950 07 07
Friday
..activities not documented - believed to be time off.
1950 07 08
Saturday
..activities not documented - believed to be time off.
1950 07 09
Sunday
..activities not documented - believed to be time off.
1950 07 10
Monday
..activities not documented - believed to be time off.
1950 07 11
Tuesday
..activities not documented - believed to be time off.
1950 07 12
Wednesday
..activities not documented - believed to be time off.
1950 07 13
Thursday
..activities not documented - believed to be time off.
1950 07 14
Friday
..activities not documented - Variety reported the band was out on the road on July 14..
1950 07 15
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1950 07 16
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1950 07 17
Monday
.activity not documented.
1950 07 18
Tuesday
.New York, N.Y..“Cavalcade Of Bands” telecast on the Dumont network
The show featured a different band each week. For this broadcast, Marion Cox replaced Kay Davis who left to marry, and June Norton was added. Also appearing in this episode were Bobby Davis, Timmie Rogers, and Howell & Bowser according to the Brooklyn Eagle television schedule. Stratemann also shows Son & Sonny.


Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
N. Williams, Merenguito (Fats Ford), Royal, Baker, Nance, Brown, Jackson, Hamilton, Procope, Hodges, McCain, Carney, Ellington, Marshall, Greer, Ballard, Kemp, Nantono, M. Cox

Titles recorded:
  • Take The "A" Train (theme)
  • Rockin' In Rhythm
  • Everybody's Doin' It - with Son and Sonny
  • Take The "A" Train - with Son and Sonny
  • Hello, Little Boy
  • Caravan
  • Medley: Creole Love Call, Jeep Is Jumpin,'Creole Love Call
  • On A Turquoise Cloud
  • Stomp, Look And Listen
  • Stratemann p.323
  • Brooklyn Eagle, 1950-07-18 p.19
DE500801,3-21
00,3-24
00,2-18
00,1-25
Timner corrections -4.added 2011

updated 2013-04-14
1950 07 19
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 07 20
Thursday
.Portland, Mne.Old Orchard Pier.Stratemann p.323.08,3-9.Neegaard2011
1950 07 21
Friday
.activity not documented.
1950 07 22
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1950 07 23
Sunday
.Narragansett, R.I.Casino Pier.Stratemann p.323....2011
1950 07 24
Monday
.activity not documented.
1950 07 25
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1950 07 26
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 07 27
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1950 07 28
Friday
.Geneva, N.Y.Civic CenterPersonal appearance at a teen dance arranged by Club 86 owner Jimmy Legott. Ellington, Carney and singer Chubby Dean (sic) appeared at a dance featuring a young sextet, the Moonlighters. The bandleader accompanied half a dozen saxophone solos and songs, and complimented the teen-aged musicians.Geneva Daily Times, 1950-07-29...agpadded 2012-08-17
1950 07 28
Friday
1950 07 30
Sunday
Geneva, N.Y.Club 86Restaurant engagement..08,3-9.Arneadded 2011

updated 2012-08-17
1950 07 28
Friday
1950 07 30
Sunday
Geneva, N.Y.Club 86Restaurant engagement..08,3-9.Arneadded 2011

updated 2012-08-17
1950 07 29
Saturday
.Geneva, N.Y.Club 86Restaurant engagement - see 1950 07 28.....2011
1950 07 30
Sunday
.Geneva, N.Y.Club 86Restaurant engagement - see 1950 07 28.....2011
1950 07 31
Monday
1950 08 05Hull, P.Q.Standish Hall Hotel.
  • Stratemann p.323
  • Vail II
....added 2011

updated 2013-04-13

August 1950

1950 08 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Alva “Bo” McCain leaves the band

Paul Gonsalves, tenor sax giant, joins the band.
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
1950 08 00...Peripheral event
In what Cohen describes as an attempt at vertical integration, Tempo Music was revived in the summer and Mercer Records was incorporated in August.

Mercer Records was managed by Stanley Dance and Mercer Ellington, with Duke holding 30 shares, Strayhorn 20, Dance 25 and Mercer 25.

The Mercer label was not a commercial success; only one record sold 12,000 copies, most sold 1,000 or less. The label folded in 1952.

Tempo's newly opened New York offices were ostensibly managed by Mildred Dixon, Ruth Ellington James was president and Mercer Ellington was involved as well.
  • Stratemann pp 323-324, citing
    • Variety 1950-08-09
    • Variety 1950-08-16 p.42
    • Billboard 1950-08-12 p.20
    • Metronome 1950-11, p.8
  • Harvey S. Cohen, Duke Ellington's America, pp. 296-298
...djp .Added 2013-04-14
1950 08 01
Tuesday
.Hull, P.Q.Standish Hall Hotelsee 1950 07 31.....2011
1950 08 02
Wednesday
.Hull, P.Q.Standish Hall Hotelsee 1950 07 31.....2011
1950 08 03
Thursday
.Hull, P.Q.Standish Hall Hotelsee 1950 07 31.....2011
1950 08 04
Friday
.Hull, P.Q.Standish Hall Hotelsee 1950 07 31.....2011
1950 08 05
Saturday
.Hull, P.Q.Standish Hall Hotelsee 1950 07 31.....2011
1950 08 06
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1950 08 07
Monday
.activity not documented.
1950 08 08
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1950 08 09
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 08 10
Thursday
1950 08 16Indianapolis, Ind.Circle TheaterStage showStratemann p.323 citing Variety 1950-09-08 p.41 + Billboard, 1950-08-26, p.11.....2011
1950 08 11
Friday
.Indianapolis, Ind.Circle TheaterStage show -see 1950 08 10.....2011
1950 08 12
Saturday
.Indianapolis, Ind.Circle TheaterStage show -see 1950 08 10.....2011
1950 08 13
Sunday
.Indianapolis, Ind.Circle TheaterStage show -see 1950 08 10.....2011
1950 08 14
Monday
.Indianapolis, Ind.Circle TheaterStage show -see 1950 08 10.....2011
1950 08 15
Tuesday
.Indianapolis, Ind.Circle TheaterStage show -see 1950 08 10.....2011
1950 08 16
Wednesday
.Indianapolis, Ind.Circle TheaterStage show -see 1950 08 10.....2011
1950 08 17
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1950 08 18
Friday
1950 08 24
Thursday
Chicago, Ill.Regal TheatreStage show, including Howell & Bowser, Bobby 'Tables' Davis and the Three Co-Ops.Stratemann p.323 citing Chciago Defender 1950-02-09 p.26....added 2011

updated 2013-04-13
1950 08 19
Saturday
.Chicago, Ill.Regal TheatreStage show -see 1950 08 18.....2011
1950 08 20
Sunday
.Chicago, Ill.Regal TheatreStage show -see 1950 08 18.....2011
1950 08 21
Monday
.Chicago, Ill.Regal TheatreStage show -see 1950 08 18.....2011
1950 08 22
Tuesday
.Chicago, Ill.Regal TheatreStage show -see 1950 08 18.....2011
1950 08 23
Wednesday
.Chicago, Ill.Regal TheatreStage show -see 1950 08 18.....2011
1950 08 24
Thursday
.Chicago, Ill.Regal TheatreStage show -see 1950 08 18.....2011
1950 08 24
Thursday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Heaven CaféEllington and Strayhorn with Mr. and Mrs. Billy Eckstine visited a local bandleader, Geroge Dixon at his job at the Blue HeavenStratemann p.323 citing Chicago Defender p1950-09-02 p.26...djp
added 2013-04-13
1950 08 25
Friday
.activity not documented.
1950 08 26
Saturday
1950 08 29
Tuesday
Buffalo, N.Y.Paramount TheaterStage show - the band, plus Howell & Bowser and Tables Davis. Ella Fitzgerald was also on the bill, the movie was the Republic crime melodrama Trial Without JuryStratemann p.323.....added 2011

updated 2013-04-13
1950 08 27
Sunday
.Buffalo, N.Y.Paramount TheaterStage show - see 1950 08 26.....2011
1950 08 28
Monday
.Buffalo, N.Y.Paramount TheaterStage show - see 1950 08 26.....2011
1950 08 29.Buffalo, N.Y.Paramount TheaterStage show - see 1950 08 26.....2011
1950 08 30
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 08 31
Thursday
.activity not documented.

September 1950

1950 09 00...PERSONNEL CHANGES
Al Hibbler rejoins the band and Chubby Kemp leaves
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
1950 09 01
Friday
1950 09 03Detroit,, Mich.UnknownUnknownStratemann p.323 citing Variety 1950-08-09 p.41.....added 2011

updated 2013-04-13
1950 09 02
Saturday
.Detroit,, Mich..Unknown - see 1950 09 01.....2011
1950 09 03
Sunday
.Detroit,, Mich..Unknown - see 1950 09 01.....2011
1950 09 04
Monday
1950 09 06
Wednesday
Toronto, Ont.Dance Pavilion
Canadian National Exposition
Presumably dances, since the venue was a tent-ballroom.Stratemann p.323 citing Variety 1950-09-20 p43....added 2011

updated 2013-04-13
1950 09 05
Tuesday
.Toronto, Ont.Dance Pavilion
Canadian National Exposition
Concert - see 1950 09 04......2011added 2011
1950 09 05
Tuesday
.Los Angeles, Calif..Peripheral event
Trumpeter Al Killian and his friend Vivian White are shot to death. The Afro-American reported he was killed by janitor Roy Parker, in an argument about a small debt Parker claimed Killian owed him.
Baltimore Afro-American, 1950-09-23.djpAdded 2012-10-27
1950 09 06
Wednesday
.Toronto, Ont.Dance Pavilion
Canadian National Exposition
Concert - see 1950 09 04......2011added 2011
1950 09 07
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1950 09 08
Friday
.activity not documented.
1950 09 09
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1950 09 10
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1950 09 11
Monday
.activity not documented.
1950 09 12
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1950 09 13
Wednesday
.New York, N.Y. Mercer recording session
Oscar Pettiford, His Cello and Quartet
Pettiford, Duke Ellington, Lloyd Trottman, Jo Jones, Strayhorn

Titles recorded:
  • Perdido
  • Take the A Train
  • Oscalypso
  • Blues for Blanton
  • Twelve O'clock Jump
  • Blues No. 3
Stratemann p.323DE500903,2-24.djpadded 2011

updated 2013-04-14
1950 09 14
Thursday
1950 09 20
Wednesday
New York, N.Y.Apollo Theater
253 W. 125th St., Borough of Manhattan, Harlem district
Vaudeville

Appearing with the Ellington orchestra:
  • The Three Co-Ops dance team
  • Bobby 'Tables' Davis whose schtick was picking up tables and chairs with his teeth
  • Chubby Kemp
  • Barbara Windfield (new singer in the band)
  • Dusty Fletcher, comedian
Stratemann, p.323..Timner correctons 4/18, 4/21, 4/29djpadded 2011

updated 2013-04-14
1950 09 15
Friday
.New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterVaudeville - see 1950 09 14.....2011
1950 09 16
Saturday
.New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterVaudeville - see 1950 09 14.....2011
1950 09 17
Sunday
.New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterVaudeville - see 1950 09 14.....2011
1950 09 18
Monday
.New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterVaudeville - see 1950 09 14.....2011
1950 09 19
Tuesday
.New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterVaudeville - see 1950 09 14.....2011
1950 09 20
Wednesday
.New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterVaudeville - see 1950 09 14.....2011
1950 09 21
Thursday
.New York, N.Y..Mercer recording session
  1. Chubby Kemp and Her All Stars
  2. The Ellingtonians with Chubby Kemp
  3. Sara Forde with Mercer Ellington and His Orchestra

Red Rodney(t), Hodges, Carney, Duke Ellington, Pettiford (cello), Marshall, Max Roach, Kemp, Forde, and, presumably, Mercer Ellington

Titles recorded:
  • Mean Old Choo Choo
  • A Slip Of The Lip
  • How Blue Can You Get
  • Juke Bop Boogie
  • Set 'Em Up
  • The New Piano Roll Blues
Stratemann p.321 DE5010 Timner corrections 4/29djpadded 2011

updated 2013-04-14
1950 09 22
Friday
1950 09 28
Thursday
Washington, D.C.Howard Theatre.Stratemann, citing Variety 1950-08-09 p.41....2011
1950 09 23
Saturday
.Washington, D.C.Howard Theatresee 1950 09 22.....2011
1950 09 24
Sunday
.Washington, D.C.Howard Theatresee 1950 09 22.....2011
1950 09 25
Monday
.Washington, D.C.Howard Theatresee 1950 09 22.....2011
1950 09 26
Tuesday
.Washington, D.C.Howard Theatresee 1950 09 22.....2011
1950 09 27
Wednesday
.Washington, D.C.Howard Theatresee 1950 09 22.....2011
1950 09 28
Thursday
.Washington, D.C.Howard Theatresee 1950 09 22.....2011
1950 09 29
Friday
.Washington, D.C.White House(1)(2)Meeting with U.S. President Truman
(3)After Duke Ellington visited the President, he played piano for reporters at the National Press Club dinner for an hour
(1)Stratemann, p.323
(2)Photo, European Stars and Stripes, Oct.4, 1930, p.6
(3)Earl Wilson, "It Happened Last Night," Uniontown, Penn. Morning Herald, 1950-10-30
..Photos:
  • Hasse p.296
  • Rul p. 25
djpadded 2011

updated 2012-09-18
1950 09 30
Saturday
..activities not documented - Stratemann p.323 says Variety 1950-08-19 p.41 stated a four-day stand in Albany would be filled in before the Paramount run. No confirmation has been found..

October 1950

1950 10 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Singer Yvonne Lanauze joins the band
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
1950 10 01
Sunday
..activities not documented
see 1950 09 30
.
1950 10 02
Monday
..activities not documented
see 1950 09 30
.
1950 10 03
Tuesday
.New York, N.Y..Mercer recording session
Billy Strayhorn Trio
Mimmy McPhail, Duke Ellington, Strayhorn, Marshall, unknown clarinet

Titles recorded:
  • I Wonder Why
  • I'll Remember April
  • No Smoking
  • Brown Suede
.DE5011..added 2011

updated 2013-04-14
1950 10 04
Wednesday
1950 10 16
Monday
New York, N.Y.Paramount Theatre60 minute stage show
DEO, tap dancer Teddy Hale, comedian Timmie Rogers, and Sarah Vaughan.

Mercer Ellington played with the band during this engagement, on E-flat horn (a picture shows it to be a mellophone).
....djpadded 2011

updated 2013-04-14
1950 10 041950 10 16New York, N.Y.Paramount TheatreStage show - see 1950 10 04.....2011
1950 10 05
Thursday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount TheatreStage show - see 1950 10 04.....2011
1950 10 06
Friday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount TheatreStage show - see 1950 10 04.....2011
1950 10 07
Saturday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount TheatreStage show - see 1950 10 04.....2011
1950 10 08
Sunday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount TheatreStage show - see 1950 10 04.....2011
1950 10 09
Monday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount TheatreStage show - see 1950 10 04.....2011
1950 10 10
Tuesday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount TheatreStage show - see 1950 10 04.....2011
1950 10 11
Wednesday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount TheatreStage show - see 1950 10 04.....2011
1950 10 12
Thursday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount TheatreStage show - see 1950 10 04.....2011
1950 10 13
Friday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount TheatreStage show - see 1950 10 04.....2011
1950 10 14
Saturday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount TheatreStage show - see 1950 10 04.....2011
1950 10 15
Sunday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount TheatreStage show - see 1950 10 04.....2011
1950 10 16
Monday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount TheatreStage show - see 1950 10 04.....2011
1950 10 17
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1950 10 18
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 10 19
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1950 10 20
Friday
.activity not documented.
1950 10 21
Saturday
...Peripheral event
Dorothy Kilgallen's column in the Greenville Record-Argus, Oct. 21, 1950 says "Jazz maestro Duke Ellington has become a ballet student. The idea is to lose weight through pirouetting."

The same gossip is in The Charleston, Va. Gazette, Oct.21, 1950, p.4
.djpAdded 2012-09-18
1950 10 21
Saturday
.New York, N.Y..Mercer recording session
The Ellingtonians with Al Hibbler
M. Ellington (on mellophone?), Benny Carter, Carney, Strayhorn, Dave Barbour (guitar), Marshall(sb), Charlie Smith (drums), Hibbler, Duke Ellington

Titles recorded:
  • Stormy Weather
  • Cherry
  • Stardust
  • Honeysuckle Rose
.DE5012..djpadded 2011

updated 2013-04-14
1950 10 22
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1950 10 23
Monday
.activity not documented.
1950 10 24
Tuesday
1950 10 26
Thursday
Schenectady, N.Y.Proctor's TheatreTheatre appearance with Sarah Vaughan, comedy dance team Conway and Parks, and Dusty Fletcher
Stage show 3 times daily, 3, 6 and 9 PM
  • Ad, Amsterdam ,N.Y. Evening Recorder,1950-10-20, p.6O
  • Ad, Schenectady Gazette, 1950-10-23, p.9
  • Review by Phyllis W. Williams, Ellington Style Unchanged, Well Received at Proctors, Schenectady Gazette, 1950-10-25, p.18
...djpadded 2012-08-19
1950 10 25
Wednesday
.Schenectady, N.Y.Proctor's TheatreStage show - see 1950 10 24.....added 2012-08-19
1950 10 26
Thursday
.Schenectady, N.Y.Proctor's TheatreStage show - see 1950 10 24.....added 2012-08-19
1950 10 27
Friday
1950 10 29Three Rivers, N.Y.
6 miles northeast of Liverpool, N.Y., north of Baldwinsville.
3 Rivers Inn"3 days only
Duke Ellington with his famous orchestra and new show

Extra added attraction, Dusty Fletcher, comedian, composer of 'Open the Door, Richard'

Friday and Sunday, no cover, no minimum, spend what you like
Saturday $2.00 minimum"
Syracuse Post-Standard, 1950-10-26, p.17.08,3-9.djpadded 2011

updated 2012-08-18
1950 10 28
Saturday
.Three Rivers, N.Y.3 Rivers InnStage show....djp2011
1950 10 29
Sunday
.Three Rivers, N.Y.3 Rivers InnStage show....djp2011
1950 10 30
Monday
.activity not documented.
1950 10 31
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1950 10 00.New York, N.Y.. Mercer recording session
Wild Bill Davis and His Real Gone Organ
Davis, Duke Ellington, John Collins, guitar, Jo Jones, drums

Title recorded:

Things Ain't What They Used To Be
. DE5013..djpadded 2011

updated 2013-04-14

November 1950

1950 11 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Cat Anderson, high note trumpet specialist, rejoins the band
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-10
1950 11 00.New York, N.Y..Undated Mercer recording session
Billy Strayhorn Trio
Ellington, Strayhorn, Joe Shulman

Titles recorded:
  • Tonk
  • Johnny Come Lately
  • In A Blue Summer Garden
  • Great Times
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1950 11 01
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 11 02
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1950 11 03
Friday
.activity not documented.
1950 11 04
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1950 11 05
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1950 11 06
Monday
.activity not documented.
1950 11 07
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1950 11 08
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 11 09
Thursday
1950 11 15
Wednesday
Philadelphia, Penn.Earle TheaterStage show

Included in the bill: The Orioles; Dusty Fletcher; and Joe Chisholm.
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1950 11 10
Friday
.Philadelphia, Penn.Earle TheaterStage show - see 150 11 09.....2011
1950 11 11
Saturday
.Philadelphia, Penn.Earle TheaterStage show - see 150 11 09.....2011
1950 11 12
Sunday
.Philadelphia, Penn.Earle TheaterStage show - see 150 11 09.....2011
1950 11 13
Monday
.Philadelphia, Penn.Earle TheaterStage show - see 150 11 09.....2011
1950 11 14
Tuesday
.Philadelphia, Penn.Earle TheaterStage show - see 150 11 09.....2011
1950 11 15
Wednesday
.Philadelphia, Penn.Earle TheaterStage show - see 150 11 09.....2011
1950 11 16
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1950 11 17
Friday
.activity not documented.
1950 11 18
Saturday
.Newark, N.J.Terrace Ballroom
Mosque Theater building
Dance, 9 pm - 2 am.Stratemann p.324 citing Amsterdam News 1950-11-11 p.23....added 2011

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1950 11 19
Sunday
.New York, N.Y..ABC television appearance, “Show Time USA”

The band was on for 13 minutes

While Stratemann says it played a medley and two of its own titles, New Desor's titles differ.
Duke Ellington And His Orchestra
N. Williams, Merenguito, Anderson, Baker, Nance, Brown, Jackson, Hamilton, Procope, Hodges, Gonsalves, Carney, Ellington, Marshall, Greer, Ballard, Bobby Davis

Titles recorded:
  • The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
  • Oh! Lady Be Good
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Blue Skies
Stratemann p.324 DE5015
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1950 11 20
Monday
.New York, N.Y..CBS recording session
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
N. Williams, Merenguito, Anderson, Baker, Nance, Brown, Jackson, Hamilton, Procope, Hodges, Gonsalves, Carney, Ellington, Marshall, Greer, Ballard, Hibbler, Lanauze

Titles recorded:
  • Build That Railroad
  • Love You Madly
  • Great Times
.DE501600,4-14Timner corrections 4/22 +4/29djpadded 2011

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1950 11 21
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1950 11 22
Wednesday
1950 11 28Boston, Mass.Scollay Square TheaterStage show, with Howell & Bowser, Joe Chisholm and Tip, Tap and Toe.Stratemann p.324 citing Variety 1950-11-29 p18.05,1-21..added 2011

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1950 11 23
Thursday
.Boston, Mass.Scollay Square TheaterStage show - see 1950 11 22.....2011
1950 11 24
Friday
.Boston, Mass.Scollay Square TheaterStage show - see 1950 11 22.....2011
1950 11 25
Saturday
.Boston, Mass.Scollay Square TheaterStage show - see 1950 11 22.....2011
1950 11 26
Sunday
.Boston, Mass.Scollay Square TheaterStage show - see 1950 11 22.....2011
1950 11 27
Monday
.Boston, Mass.Scollay Square TheaterStage show - see 1950 11 22.....2011
1950 11 28
Tuesday
.Boston, Mass.Scollay Square TheaterStage show - see 1950 11 22.....2011
1950 11 29
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 11 30
Thursday
1950 12 06
Wednesday
Detroit, Mich.Broadway Capitol TheaterStage show for the movie The Killer That Stalked New York. The Orioles and Moke & Poke were in the Ellington troupe, and both Chubby Kemp and Al Hibbler sang with the band.Stratemann p.324 citing Variety 1950-12-06 p.55...djpadded 2011

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December 1950

1950 12 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Tyree Glenn rejoins the band temporarily, leaving again the same month.
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-12
1950 12 01
Friday
.Detroit, Mich.Broadway Capitol TheaterStage show - see 1950 11 30.....2011
1950 12 02
Saturday
.Detroit, Mich.Broadway Capitol TheaterStage show - see 1950 11 30.....2011
1950 12 03
Sunday
.Detroit, Mich.Broadway Capitol TheaterStage show - see 1950 11 30.....2011
1950 12 04
Monday
.Detroit, Mich.Broadway Capitol TheaterStage show - see 1950 11 30.....2011
1950 12 05
Tuesday
.Detroit, Mich.Broadway Capitol TheaterStage show - see 1950 11 30.....2011
1950 12 06
Wednesday
.Detroit, Mich.Broadway Capitol TheaterStage show - see 1950 11 30.....2011
1950 12 07
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1950 12 08
Friday
1950 12 14
Thursday
Chicago, Ill.Chicago TheatreStage Show for the movie The Killer That Stalked New York

with Sarah Vaughan (second headliner), Howell & Bowser, Joe Chisholm.
Stratemann p.324 citing Variety 1950-12-13 p.32...djpadded 2011

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1950 12 09
Saturday
.Chicago, Ill.Chicago TheatreStage show - see 1950 12 08....djp2011
1950 12 10
Sunday
.Chicago, Ill.Chicago TheatreStage show - see 1950 12 08....djp2011
1950 12 11
Monday
.Chicago, Ill.Chicago TheatreStage show - see 1950 12 08....djp2011
1950 12 12
Tuesday
.Chicago, Ill.Chicago TheatreStage show - see 1950 12 08....djp2011
1950 12 13
Wednesday
.Chicago, Ill.Chicago TheatreStage show - see 1950 12 08....djp2011
1950 12 14
Thursday
.Chicago, Ill.Chicago TheatreStage show - see 1950 12 08....djp2011
1950 12 15
Friday
.activity not documented.
1950 12 16
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1950 12 17
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1950 12 18
Monday
1950 12 19New York, N.Y.Columbia StudioCBS recording session
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
N. Williams, Merenguito, Anderson, Baker, Nance, M. Ellington, Brown, Jackson, Hamilton, Procope, Hodges, Gonsalves, Carney, Ellington, Strayhorn, Marshall, Greer, Ballard, Lanauze

Titles recorded:
  • The Tattooed Bride
  • Mood Indigo
  • Sophisticated Lady
  • Solitude


This session was to record Ellington's first long playing record, The Columbia LP "Masterpieces by Ellington in uncut concert arrangements"

In Mood Indigo, Ellington uses two muted trombones with Carney on bass clarinet.

Lambert writes that this recording began Procope emergence as a clarinet soloist, where he takes the solo formerly belonging to Bigard. He also notes this is the last recording session before Hodges, Brown and Greer left.

(While the album is panned by Stratemann and Lambert, I like it. It is the first commercial recording of Tattooed Bride, and it presents three Ellingotn standards in extended arrangements as might be performed in concert. )
.DE5017
  • Timner corrections 4/18
  • Eddie Lambert: A Listener's Guide, Duke Ellington, p.154
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1950 12 19
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1950 12 20
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 12 21
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1950 12 22
Friday
.activity not documented.
1950 12 23
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1950 12 24
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1950 12 25
Monday
.activity not documented.
1950 12 26
Tuesday
.New York, N.Y.Dumont Studio?Dumont television network broadcast on WABD
“Cavalcade Of Bands”

Duke Ellington and Orchestra
N. Williams, Merenguito, Anderson, Baker, Nance, M. Ellington, Brown, Jackson, Glenn, Hamilton, Procope, Hodges, Gonsalves, Carney, Ellington, Strayhorn, Marshall, Greer, Ballard, Lanauze

Guest acts were
  • Three Poms or Three Palms
  • Tables Davis
  • Harris and Radcliffe
  • Harold King

Titles recorded:
  • Take The "A" Train (theme)
  • Ko-Ko
  • Unidentified title (Ellington may have announced it as Co-Percussional Intricacies)
  • On The Alamo
  • The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
  • Tea For Two and I Know That You Know
  • Coloratura
  • Perdido
  • Love You Madly
  • Great Times
  • Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  • Mood Indigo
  • Oh! Lady Be Good and Stompy Jones


While New Desor and Stratemann show this was an NBC broadcast, the Brooklyn Eagle television listing shows the broadcast on WABD, Channel 5, the Dumont network flagship station. It isn't clear if the studio was located at the Dumont Building on Madison Ave. in 1950 or if the station had already moved to its next location.
  • Stratemann, p. 324
  • Brooklyn Eagle, 1950-12-26 p.19
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1950 12 27
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1950 12 28
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1950 12 29
Friday
.activity not documented.
1950 12 30
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1950 12 31
Sunday
.activity not documented.



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1951


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January 1951

1951 01 01
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 02.New York, N.Y..Broadcast.DE510187,3-2
79,5-4
..2011
1951 01 02
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 03
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 04
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 05
Friday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 06
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 07
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 08
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 09
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 10
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 11
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 12
Friday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 13
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 14
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 15
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 16
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 17
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 18
Thursday
1951 01 24
Wednesday
Philadelphia, Penn.The ClickOne week club residency

Jimmy Hamilton claimed to write the music for Pretty and the Wolf while here, and it was premiered at upcoming Met. concert.
..07,2-13..added 2011

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1951 01 19
Friday
.Philadelphia, Penn.The Clicksee 1951 01 18.....2011
1951 01 20
Saturday
.Philadelphia, Penn.The Clicksee 1951 01 18.....2011
1951 01 21
Sunday
.New York, N.Y.Metropolitan Opera House
Benefit for NAACP

Premières of Harlem, Controversial Suite and Monologue (aka Pretty and The Wolf).
James L. Hicks, "Big Town," Baltimore Afro-American, 1952-01-16, p.4DE5102.(credit Ted Hudson re DEMS 07,2-13)added 2011

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1951 01 22
Monday
...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Johnny Hodges leaves Ellington to form his own band, taking Lawrence Brown and Sonny Greer with him. Hodges returned to Ellington in 1955, and Brown came back in 1960, both staying until Hodges's death and Brown's retirement, both occurring in 1970.
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11, updated 2013-04-08
1951 01 22
Monday
.Philadelphia, Penn.The Clicksee 1951 01 18.....2011
1951 01 23
Tuesday
...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Trombonist Claude B. Jones rejoins the band for a short stay
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
1951 01 23
Tuesday
.New York, N.Y.."Frank Brookhouser Show"
Ellington performed on local television station WFIL-TV. The show featured visiting and local musicians. In this episode, the history of jazz piano was demonstrated by "Ragtime Smitty" (earlier styles) and Ellington (modern style).

While New Desor dates this telecast as Jan. 23, Stratemann says that is consistent with a collector's tape, but also that Billboard reported reviewing it on Feb 6, suggesting it may have been recorded then instead.
.DE5103..djpadded 2011

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1951 01 23
Tuesday
.Philadelphia, Penn.The Clicksee 1951 01 18.....2011
1951 01 24
Wednesday
.Philadelphia, Penn.The Clicksee 1951 01 18.....2011
1951 01 25
Thursday
.Philadelphia
Academy of Music......2011
1951 01 26
Friday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 27
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 28
Sunday
.Richmond, Va..Cancelled concert
The Feb. 1 1951 edition of the Barrier Miner, Broken Hill, Australia, carried a story "Boycott Hurts Negro Band" datelined New York, January 31.

"Negro band leader, Duke Ellington, cancelled a concert at Richmond (Virginia) because of a segregation boycott asked by the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Promoter Leon Fields said Ellington called off the show because the boycott "hurt his feelings" as well at hurting all members of his orchestra."


Stratemann, p.324, says the concert was scheduled for January 28.
...djpadded 2012-12-22, updated 2013-04-10
1951 01 28
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 29
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 30
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 31
Wednesday
.activity not documented.

February 1951

1951 02 00...PERSONNEL CHANGES
  • Yvonne Lanauze leaves the band
  • Charlie Smith, drums, joins the band in early February
  • Trombonist Claude B. Jones leaves the band in the middle of February
  • Trombonist Britt Woodman, born 1920, joins the band in time for the cancelled Feb. 12 concert, and Lawrence Brown didn't leave for a few days.
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
1951 02 01
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 02 02
Friday
.activity not documented.
1951 02 03
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1951 02 04
Sunday
3 pm & 8:30 pm
.Chicago, Ill.Civic Opera HouseTwo concertsStratemann, p.324, citing Chicago Defender 1951-01-20 p.8 and Down Beat 1951-02-09....added 2011

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1951 02 05
Monday
.Chicago, Ill.Parkway Ballroom"A Night At The Mardi Gras"
Charity event emceed by disc jockey Daddio Dailey
Others invited to perform: Louis Jordan Tympani Five, The Ink Spots, dancer Teddy Hale, with dance music by the Walter Dyett orchestra.
Stratemann, p.324, citing Chicago Defender 1951-02-03 p.32....added 2011

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1951 02 06
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 02 07
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 02 08
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 02 09
Friday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Shrine Auditorium..DE905907,2-41
07,1-8
NDCS 1080.2011
1951 02 10
Saturday
.Oakland, Cal.Auditorium......2011
1951 02 11
Sunday
.Sacramento, (Cal).......2011
1951 02 12
Monday
.San Francisco, Cal.Opera HouseThe AFM interceded because the promoter had not paid the required advance money. 40 minutes after the concert was to start, Ellington told the 1,500 member audience it was cancelled.Stratemann, p.325 citing Down Beat 1951-03-23 and Variety 1951-02-21 p.45.83,3-8..added 2011

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1951 02 13
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 02 14
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 02 15
Thursday
1951 03 01
Thursday
Las VegasThunderbird Hotel80 minute floor show
  • 18 piece Ellington orchestra
  • Timmie Rogers
  • The Three Co-Ops
  • Sammy Montgomery
  • Kathryn Duffy Dansations with Barney Rawlings


First all-black show to play Las Vegas.

No cover charge and no minimum.

Variety reviewed the show in some detail:
  • First all-sepia unit to perform in Las Vegas niteries "scores top returns with the Thunderbird racking in heavy grosses".
  • Two things stood out:- "the novelty of watching one of the topmost bandleader-composers deftly guide his coterie of virtuosi through solid scorings" and the "sock showmanship of the entire package."
  • Ellington opened with Duet (Hamilton's clarinet with Marshall's bass)
  • The chorus line (KDD) came on next, with "sexy Sherry Scott's bumps and grinds to Ellington's Black and Tan Fantasy."


Dance music was performed by the reduced 7 piece house orchestra, led by Al Jahns.
  • Variety
    • 1951-02-07 p.46
    • 1951-02-14 p.47
    • 1951-02-28 p.54
  • Stratemann, p.325, citing Variety 1951-02-21 p.54
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1951 02 16
Friday
1951 03 01
Thursday
Las VegasThunderbird HotelFloor show - see 1951 02 15.....2011
1951 02 17
Saturday
1951 03 01
Thursday
Las VegasThunderbird HotelFloor show - see 1951 02 15.....2011
1951 02 18
Sunday
1951 03 01
Thursday
Las VegasThunderbird HotelFloor show - see 1951 02 15.....2011
1951 02 19
Monday
1951 03 01
Thursday
Las VegasThunderbird HotelFloor show - see 1951 02 15.....2011
1951 02 20
Tuesday
1951 03 01
Thursday
Las VegasThunderbird HotelFloor show - see 1951 02 15.....2011
1951 02 21
Wednesday
1951 03 01
Thursday
Las VegasThunderbird HotelFloor show - see 1951 02 15.....2011
1951 02 22
Thursday
1951 03 01
Thursday
Las VegasThunderbird HotelFloor show - see 1951 02 15.....2011
1951 02 23
Friday
1951 03 01
Thursday
Las VegasThunderbird HotelFloor show - see 1951 02 15.....2011
1951 02 24
Saturday
1951 03 01
Thursday
Las VegasThunderbird HotelFloor show - see 1951 02 15.....2011
1951 02 25
Sunday
1951 03 01
Thursday
Las VegasThunderbird HotelFloor show - see 1951 02 15.....2011
1951 02 26
Monday
1951 03 01
Thursday
Las VegasThunderbird HotelFloor show - see 1951 02 15.....2011
1951 02 27
Tuesday
1951 03 01
Thursday
Las VegasThunderbird HotelFloor show - see 1951 02 15.....2011
1951 02 28
Wednesday
1951 03 01
Thursday
Las VegasThunderbird HotelFloor show - see 1951 02 15.....2011
1951 02 00...Peripheral event
Variety announced that Irving Mills, vice president of Mills Music, was wrapping up a deal to again become Ellington's personal manager. Factors to be dealt with included the renewal of copyrights for Ellington tunes which were soon to expire, and the possibility of Mills acquiring rights to Ellington's recent compostions published by Ellington's Tempo Music.
Variety, 1951-02-28, p.43.djpAdded 2013-04-24

March 1951

1951 03 07...Peripheral event
Variety announced

"On the heels of Duke Ellington's switch in personal managers from Cress Courtney back to Irving Mills, the Ellington band has been hit with the exit of several of its top sidemen, who have formed a new combo under Johnny Hodges. Going with Hodges are Lawrence Brown, Al Sears and Sonny Greer, all of whom have been with Ellington for over 10 years. Hodges was with Ellington 23 years.

Hodges opens with his new band at the Blue Note, Chicago, March 9. He will continue to record under the Mercer Record label, which is operated by Duke Ellington's son Mercer. Initial releases will comprise 16 sides cut by Hodges on his European tour last year."
Variety, 1951-03-07, p.43.djpAdded 2013-04-24
1951 03 01
Thursday
1951 03 01
Thursday
Las VegasThunderbird HotelFloor show - see 1951 02 15.....2011
1951 03 02...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Tommy Douglas, alto sax, joins the band
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11
1951 03 02
Friday
1951 03 16
Friday
Hollywood, Cal.Club OasisContract for 7 nights a week for a guaranteed $5,000/week and a 50-50 share of anything over $7,500, the highest guarantee the club had ever given.

Seating only between 350 and 400, the club hiked its cover charge to $1.50 for this show<

Billboard says this was the first time Ellington had taken his entire 21 piece "concert company" into a club; it included the band with its singer Barbara Winfield and a dance trio, Peter Green, Julian Swain and Ann Henry.
Bassist Red Callendar may have subbed for Wendell Marshall during this gig.
  • Stratemann, p.325 citing Billboard 1951-03-03 p.37
  • Billboard 1951-03-03 pp.36-37
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1951 03 03.New York, N.Y..“Patti Page Show” false date (see 1959 03 09).....2011
1951 03 03
Saturday
.Hollywood, Cal.Club OasisClub residency - see 1951 03 02...djp2011
1951 03 03
Saturday
.Hollywood, Cal.Club OasisClub residency - see 1951 03 02...djp2011
1951 03 04
Sunday
.Hollywood, Cal.Club OasisClub residency - see 1951 03 02...djp2011
1951 03 05
Monday
.Hollywood, Cal.Club OasisClub residency - see 1951 03 02...djp2011
1951 03 06
Tuesday
.Hollywood, Cal.Club OasisClub residency - see 1951 03 02...djp2011
1951 03 07
Wednesday
.Hollywood, Cal.Club OasisClub residency - see 1951 03 02...djp2011
1951 03 08
Thursday
.Hollywood, Cal.Club OasisClub residency - see 1951 03 02...djp2011
1951 03 09
Friday
.Hollywood, Cal.Club OasisClub residency - see 1951 03 02...djp2011
1951 03 10
Saturday
.Hollywood, Cal.Club OasisClub residency - see 1951 03 02...djp2011
1951 03 11
Sunday
.Hollywood, Cal.Club OasisClub residency - see 1951 03 02...djp2011
1951 03 12
Monday
.Hollywood, Cal.Club OasisClub residency - see 1951 03 02...djp2011
1951 03 13
Tuesday
.Hollywood, Cal.Club OasisClub residency - see 1951 03 02...djp2011
1951 03 14
Wednesday
.Hollywood, Cal.Club OasisClub residency - see 1951 03 02...djpadded 2011
1951 03 15
Thursday
.Hollywood, Cal.Club OasisClub residency - see 1951 03 02...djpadded 2011
1951 03 16
Friday
.Hollywood, Cal.Club OasisClub residency - see 1951 03 02...djpadded 2011
1951 03 17
Saturday
..activities not documented

Vail (Duke's Diary Vol. II) reports road manager Al Celley is hit by a car driven by a drunk, in Los Angeles, and breaks two ribs.
.
1951 03 18
Sunday
.Oakland, Cal.Auditorium......2011
1951 03 19
Monday
.Vallejo, Cal.El Camino GardensDance.....2011
1951 03 20
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 03 21
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 03 22
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 03 23
Friday
1951 03 29
Thursday
Omaha, Neb.Orpheum Theatre.Stratemann, p.325, citing Down Beat 1951-04-20 p.1...djp2011
1951 03 23.Omaha, Neb.Orpheum Theatre......2011
1951 03 24...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Tommy Douglas leaves the band
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11
1951 03 24
Saturday
.Omaha, Neb.Orpheum Theatre......2011
1951 03 25
Sunday
.Omaha, Neb.Orpheum Theatre......2011
1951 03 26
Monday
.Omaha, Neb.Orpheum Theatre......2011
1951 03 27.Omaha, Neb..PERSONNEL CHANGE
Juan Tizol, valve trombone, rejoined the band, bringing Willie Smith (alto) and Louis Bellson (born 1924 07 26) with him from Harry James' band in what became known as the Great James Robbery.

Drummer Charlie Smith leaves. Ellington would have kept Smith except Tizol insisted on bringing Bellson.

Bellson had not been with James for long: "On the Upbeat, Variety, 1951-02-14 p. 42, reported "Lou Bellson, former Tommy Dorsey drummer, joined Harry James band."
  • New Desor vol.2
  • Stratemann
    p.325
  • Andrew Homzy, liner notes to "Duke Ellington and His Orchestra at The Crystal Gardens, Salem, Oregon, 1952," HEP CD 92/93
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1951 03 27
Tuesday
.Omaha, Neb.Orpheum Theatre......2011
1951 03 28
Wednesday
.Omaha, Neb.Orpheum Theatre......2011
1951 03 29
Thursday
.Omaha, Neb.Orpheum Theatre......2011
1951 03 30
Friday
.activity not documented.
1951 03 31
Saturday
.Austin, Tex.The Oasis...08,3-9..2011

April 1951

1951 04 01
Sunday
.Cedar Rapids IaAmar Ballroom...08,3-9..2011
1951 04 02
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 03
Tuesday
.Washington, D.C.Hotel Astor
(not confirmed)
Newspaper Guild's Page One Ball
Walter Winchell: "Duke Ellington...will be among those entertaining the President at the Guild's Page One ball (in Washington) April 3."

The Brooklyn Eagle, 1951-04-06 p.8 names Eli Danzig as the one who organizes music for most of the balls in Washington; it mentions the Page One Ball at the Astor.
..
  • 08,3-9(Neegaard)
  • Wincell column, The Glen Falls N.Y. Post-Star, 1951-03-30, p.11
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1951 04 04
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 05
Thursday
.JeffersonCity University...08,3-9..2011
1951 04 06
Friday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 07
Saturday
.Austin, Tex.The Terp...08,3-9..2011
1951 04 08
Sunday
.Clear LakeSurf Ballroom...08,3-9..2011
1951 04 09
Monday
.AmesMemorial Union...08,3-9..2011
1951 04 10
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 11
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 12
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 13
Friday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 14
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 15
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 16
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 17
Tuesday
.New York, N.Y..Mercer recording session
The Coronets
Anderson, Tizol, Simith, Gonsaolves, Strayhorn, Marshall, Bellson

Titles recorded:
  • Night Walk
  • Moonlight Fiesta
  • She
  • The Happening
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1951 04 18
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 19
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 20
Friday
.Owensboro, Ill...I have been unable to locate an Owensboro in Illinois but this may be the one in Kentucky. Query outstanding..08,3-9(Neegaard)..added 2011

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1951 04 21
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 22
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 23
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 24
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 25
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 26
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 27
Friday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 28
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 29
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 30
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 04 00
.Chicago, Ill. Pershing BallroomConcert, reviewed in Down Beat. The date is not given, but Down Beat says it was a couple of weeks after a Woody Herman played Chicago.
  • Stratemann, p.327, citing Down Beat 1951-05-18
  • Vail II, p.15
....
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May 1951

1951 05 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Trumpeter Fats Ford (Andres Merenquito) leaves the band
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
1951 05 01
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 05 02
Wednesday
.New York, N.Y..Telecast: "Kreisler Bandstand"

Kreisler Bandstand was a short lived 1951 Wednesday night television show featuring big bands. Ellington and his orchestra appeared in season 1, episode 7, with Thelma Carpenter and Avon Long.

Stratemann says the program ran from 8 to 9:30 pm Wednesdays.
Date of telecast

Several authoritative references show the appearance on May 3. The correct date appears to be May 2, the Wednesday of that week:
  • The IMDB database shows Duke in the Season 1, Episode 7, on May 2, 1951
  • The daily television listing in the Chester Pennsylvania Times for Wednesday May 2 1951 shows "8:30 PM - WFIL-TV Kreisler Bandstand Musical Variety with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra."
  • Billboard, 1950-06-30, p.7 says "...The Kreisler Corporation, which recently dropped the Kreisler Bandstand Show and the 8:30 pm Wednesday time along with it, has ..."
  • The UCLA Film and Television Archive says:
    "This is a list of 1951 ABC shows that exist at the UCLA Film and Television Archive...Kreisler Bandstand (1951-03-21, 1951-04-04, 1951-04-18, 1951-05-02) (music series with guests like Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Thelma Carpenter and Duke Ellington.
  • May 2 is the date given in DEMS 80,3-4 and DEMS 84,4-8, identifying several tracks on the Festival 228 LP, and in DEMS 85,1-11, where Eddie Lambert says his files show the tracks in question were May 2, 1951
  • DEMS first showed May 3 in DEMS 97,2-17, saying "This telecast has long been considered to be recorded on 2May51 until Klaus Stratemann (page 327) corrected that date into 3May51." Editor Hoefsmit did not say why he accepted Herr Stratemann's date or what steps he took to verify it.
Network or station
Stratemann, p. 327, says the show was on ABC-TV but on p.677, says MBS.

New Desor session DE5105 shows it as a MBS telecast from Birdland.

Timner shows it as an ABC-TV recording.

The online sessionographies say MBS.

Billboard discribes Kreisler Bandstand as an ABC network show:
  • 10 Mar 1951 - Page 9: "Perry Lafferty will stage and direct the new Kreisler "Bandstand Show" over ABC- TV. . ."
  • Mar 17, 1951 page 12: "ABC Boosts Bands on TV , New York, March 10. - Name bands, at this point still an inconsequential source of video talent, will get a new crack at the medium via a new American Broadcasting Company-TV show, the Chrysler Bandstand. The show kicks off March 21 for an initial 13-week run. The first band to play the half-hour TV show will be one led by Benny Goodman. Talent for the weekly seg will be bought thru the General Artists Corporation and the package is owned by George Foley and Dick Gordon. Chrysler Motors will sponsor."
  • 24 Mar 1951 - Page 6: "The new American Broadcasting Company-TV weekly name band show will be sponsored by the Jacques Kreisler (wrist-watch bands) company and will be known as the Kreisler Bandstand. It was incorrectly reported in these columns last week that Chrylser Motors was scheduled to pick up the tab..."
Location
New Desor and the two online discographies say the show was broadcast from Birdland. Timner 4th edition just says it was in New York. Since it appears the band did not open at Birdland until May 3, the day after the broadcast, it seems unlikely to have been filmed there.

The UCLA Library Television and Film Archive has a copy of the show; its index confirms the show was broadcast on May 2.
As stated in the writeup...djp / L.Crawford LYM message 2013-05-06added 2011

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2013-05-06
1951 05 03
Thursday
1951 05 09New York, N.Y.BirdlandOne week night club residency, replacing Count Basie.

Slim Gaillard may have been on the bill as well. New York Age, 1951-07-21 p.25 announced Dinah Washington was opening at Birdland, "along with Dizzie Gillespie's band and Slim Gaillard's 18th hold-over week."
Stratemann, citing Billboard 1951-05-05 p.34, says the gig was three weeks. The Billboard article says:

"Birdland nitery in New York last week bought Duke Ellington and his ork for a week's engagement, beginning May 3, to follow Count Basie's group into the spot...Skedded to follow Ellington into Birdland is a three-cornered package headlining Ella Fitzgerald and featuring Lester Young and His Quintet and the (continued on page 36)"



Vail II says the engagement was one week and supports that with an unidentified newspaper clipping.

The 'Cabaret Bills' listing in Variety 1951-05-02, p.66 shows the Count Basie at Birdland on May 2. The same Variety, probably page 56 says "Ella Fitzgerald into Birdland, N.Y., May 10 for two weeks." Variety Cabaret Bills 1951-05-09 p.54, 1951-05-16 p.51 and 1951-05-23 p.55 show Ella at Birdland, the latter two editions with Slim Gaillard. DEMS 08/3-9 (Neegaard) places the band in Salem on May 11 and Stratemann has it in Connecticut May 13 and Boston May 18.

Conclusion re the Birdland engagement - Ellington was most likely there from May 3 to May 9, 7 days inclusive, consistent with the week actually stated in Billboard 1951-05-05 p.34.
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1951 05 03
Thursday
.New York, N.Y.."Kreisler Bandstand"

False date - see 1951-05-02 above
.DE510503,1-21
97,2-17
..2011
1951 05 04
Friday
.New York, N.Y.BirdlandClub residency - see 1951 05 03

In DEMS 00,2, Hoesfsmit suggests there was a WMCA broadcast on May 4 that is dated June 1951 in New Desor and may be listed on May 5 and sometime in June in Timner 4th edition. See pages 19 and 29-30 of DEMS 00,2
.DE512100,2-19, 29, 30Timner corrections.added 2011

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1951 05 05
Saturday
...Peripheral event
Billboard reported Ellington was one of the new officers of Negro Actors Guild. Other officers named were Noble Sissle, Leigh Whippe4, Georgette Harvey, Miriam Anderson, Louis Armstrong, Todd Duncan, Katherine Dunham J. Rosamond Johnson, Edna Thomas, Lester Walton, Ethel Waters, Dooley Williams and W. C. Handy.
Billboard 1951-05-05 p.44.Added 2013-05-05
1951 05 05
Saturday
.New York, N.Y.BirdlandClub residency - see 1951 05 03

Possibly a broadcast on WMCA from the club - see entry for 1951 05 04
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1951 05 06
Sunday
.New York, N.Y.BirdlandClub residency - see 1951 05 03.....2011
1951 05 07
Monday
.New York, N.Y.BirdlandClub residency - see 1951 05 03.....2011
1951 05 08
Tuesday
.New York, N.Y.BirdlandClub residency - see 1951 05 03.....2011
1951 05 09
Wednesday
.New York, N.Y.BirdlandClub residency - see 1951 05 03

This is likely the last night of the run. Ella Fitzgerald appears to have started at the club on May 10.
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1951 05 10
Thursday
.New York, N.Y..Columbia recording session
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
N.Williams, Merenquito, Anderson, Baker, Nance, Woodman, Jackson, Tizol, Hamilton, Smith, Procope, Gonsalves, Carney, Ellington, Marshall, Bellsen, Hibbler

Titles recorded:
  • Fancy Dan
  • The Hawk Talks
  • V.I.P. Boogie
  • Jam With Sam
  • Monologue
This was the first recording session by the reorganized band and includes the first commercial recording of The Hawk Talks.
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1951 05 11
Friday
8:30-midnight
.Salem, N.H.Canobie Lake Park BallroomDance
Admission $1.25 plus tax.
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1951 05 12
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1951 05 13
Sunday
.New London, Conn.Ocean Beach......added 2011

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1951 05 14
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 05 15
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 05 16
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 05 17
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 05 18
Friday
.Boston, Mass..Mercer recording session
The Coronets
Woodman, Jackson, Tizol, Smith, Ellington, Marshall, Bellsen

Titles recorded:
  • Swamp Drum
  • Sultry Serenade
  • Indian Summer
  • Britt-And-Butter Blues
Roger Boyes wrote at length about the 1951 'Coronets' sessions in 'Blue Light' 6/4 and 7/1 (1999-2000)
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1951 05 19
Saturday
.New York, N.Y.."Ken Murray Show"
Ellington appeared for about 20 minutes. He played a medley and "I Like the Wild Open Spaces," accompanied by the house orchestra under David Brockman. Ken Murray and an unnamed choir sang parts of the medley and "I Like the Wild Open Spaces."
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1951 05 20
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1951 05 21
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 05 22
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 05 23
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 05 24
Thursday
.New York, N.Y..CBS recording session
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
Williams, Meringuito, Anderson, Baker, Nance, Woodman, Jackson, Tizol, Hamilton, Procope, Smith, Gonsalves, Carney, Ellington, Marshall, Bellson

Titles recorded:
  • Ting-A-Ling
  • Eighth Veil
  • Brown Betty
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1951 05 25
Friday
1951 05 31
Thursday
New York, N.Y.Apollo TheatreVariety show
The Ellington troupe included Joya Sherrill , Al Hibbler, Roll & Tap, Howell & Bowser, and tightrope walker Ala Ming.

Opening night was a full house.

Variety gave the first night a very favourable review.

Joya Sherrill performed Love You Madly and St. Louis Blues and Al Hibbler "socks across" Ol' Man River and Trees for solid impact.

Roll & Tap "scored" in their version of Apple Jack.

Ali Ming's tightrope work, and her dancing, juggling, splits and somersaults drew a heavy mitt. Howell & Bowser win easily with sharp delivery. Their blending of songs and comedies are above par for this house.
Stratemann p.327 citing
  • New York Age 1951-05-26 p.17
  • Variety 1951-05-30 p.53
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1951 05 26
Saturday
.New York, N.Y.Apollo TheatreVariety show - see 1951 05 25.....2011
1951 05 27
Sunday
.New York, N.Y.Apollo TheatreVariety show - see 1951 05 25.....2011
1951 05 28
Monday
.New York, N.Y.Apollo TheatreVariety show - see 1951 05 25.....2011
1951 05 29
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 05 30
Wednesday
.New York, N.Y.Apollo TheatreVariety show - see 1951 05 25.....added 2011
1951 05 31
Thursday
.New York, N.Y.Apollo TheatreVariety show - see 1951 05 25.....added 2011

June 1951

1951 06 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Singer Norma Oldham joins the band, leaving again the next month.
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1951 06 01
Friday
.New York, N.Y..Mercer recording session
The Coronets
Tizol, Smith, Ellington, Strayhorn, Marshall, Bellson, Oldham

Titles recorded:
  • The Nearness Of You
  • More Than You Know
  • Caravan
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1951 06 02
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1951 06 03
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1951 06 04
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 06 05
Tuesday
1951 06 11
Monday
Cedar Grove, N.J.Meadowbrook BallroomOne week club date with a MBS remote broadcast. New Desor lists eight broadcasts (one undated) from this seven night gig.

Some broadcasts were recorded by VOA for its transcriptions for its Program of Dance Music and Jazz Club USA series.
.DE511183,2-4Timner corrections 4/22djpadded 2011

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1951 06 06
Wednesday
.Cedar Grove, N.J.Meadowbrook BallroomClub date with MBS broadcast - see 1951 06 05.DE5112..2011
1951 06 07
Thursday
.Cedar Grove, N.J.Meadowbrook BallroomClub date with MBS broadcast - see 1951 06 05.DE5113..2011
1951 06 08
Friday
.Cedar Grove, N.J.Meadowbrook BallroomClub date with MBS broadcast - see 1951 06 05.DE5114..2011
1951 06 09
Saturday
.Cedar Grove, N.J.Meadowbrook BallroomClub date with MBS broadcast - see 1951 06 05.DE5115Timner corrections 4/?+29.2011
1951 06 10
Sunday
.New York, N.Y.Radio City Studio 6-B, .Ellington appeared briefly (a walk-on appearance) on Milton Berle's NBC-TV Damon Runyon Cancer Fund Telethon

The telethon began Saturday afternoon and ended Sunday morning. Exactly when Ellington appeared is not known.
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1951 06 10
Sunday
3 to 4 pm
.New YorkWNEW Studios
According to Stratemann, p.327 and a clipping from an unidentified source in Vail II, June 10 was the first of Ellington's two months subbing for Benny Goodman as disc jockey on Goodman's Sunday afternoon classical music broadcasts.

Variety's June 20 review indicates Ellington's first appearance was June 17.

The New York Times Radio Log for June 10 shows Goodman, but the June 17 to September 2 Sunday radio logs show Duke as commentator.

The show was produced by Dick Pack and the writers were Ellington and Bill Haland.

Variety said

"Orch leader Duke Ellington has taken over in fine style the longhair disk jockey spot held by Benny Goodman. The program scheduled to run through the summer , is devoted to spinning symphonic works interspersed with Ellington's commentary. If preem stanza (17) is any indication, show shapes up as top Sunday afternoon listening.

"Although Ellington's chatter is bright and lucid, he holds it to a minimum, preferring to spotlight the disks. Here too, Ellington displays clear showmanshship values. His selections run the gamut from Rodgers to Beethoven and are aimed specifically at summer afternoon listening. Ellington displays plenty of charm in his brief narrations and although he chooses to be 'long on music and short on chatter,' he introduces the players with enough background info to satisfy the dialer. Script, which is sparked with wit and intelligence, hypos overall effect."

  • Variety 1951-06-20 p.34
  • Stratemann p.327, citing
    • Down Beat 1951-07-13
    • Variety 1951-05-30 p.36
...djp
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1951 06 10
Sunday
.Cedar Grove, N.J.Meadowbrook BallroomClub date with MBS broadcast - see 1951 06 05.DE5116..2011
1951-06 11
Monday
.Cedar Grove, N.J.Meadowbrook BallroomClub date with MBS broadcast - see 1951 06 05.DE5117corrTimner-4/22.2011
1951 06 12
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 06 13
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 06 14
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 06 15.Philadelphia, Penn.Municipal StadiumBenefit concert for Philadelphia Inquirer, part of the Philadelphia Inquirer Music Festival......added 2011

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1951 06 16
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1951 06 17
Sunday
3 to 4 pm
.New YorkWNEW StudiosEllington subs for Benny Goodman as host of a Sunday broadcast - see 1951-06-10New York Times radio log for this day...djp
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1951 06 18
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 06 19
Tuesday
.New York, N.Y..Mercer recording session,.DE511903,3-23..2011
1951 06 20
Wednesday
.New York, N.Y.Lewisohn StadiumEllington and his orchestra played a benefit for the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund. Variety reported the stadium was sold out but Stratemann reports the crowd of 9,000, the most to have ever attended an Ellington concert, only filled half the stadium. He notes Variety reported a sell-out.

Variety reported some of the titles played, incliuding New World A-Comin' and Harlem in the second half. Stratemann places New World A-Comin' in the first half. The NBC Symphony performed with Ellington's orchestra as well.

Stratemann reports all the performers were unpaid, thanks to a special dispensation from American Federation of Musicians, Local 802.
    Stratemann p.327 citing
  • 1964 film "Jazz 625"
  • Der Spiegel 1951-08-29 p.27
  • Variety 1951-06-27 p.45
  • Down Beat 1951-06-29
.04,2-30..2011
1951 06 21
Thursday
...Al Hibbler recording session..01,2-28..2011
1951 06 21
Thursday
1951 06 30
Saturday
New York, N.Y.BirdlandTen day club residency, sharing the bill with Slim Gaillard. It seems likely the gig would be restricted to five days a week due to union rules, but until the contract is seen, I haven't shown days off......added 2011

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1951 06 22
Friday
.New York, N.Y.Birdlandsee 1951 06 21.....added 2011
1951 06 23
Saturday
.New York, N.Y.Birdlandsee 1951 06 21

WMCA broadcast from the club
.DE5120..added 2011
1951 06 24
Sunday
3 to 4 pm
.New YorkWNEW StudiosEllington subs for Benny Goodman as host of a Sunday broadcast - see 1951-06-10New York Times radio log for this day...djp
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1951 06 24
Sunday
.New York, N.Y.Birdlandsee 1951 06 21.....added 2011
1951 06 25
Monday
.New York, N.Y.Birdlandsee 1951 06 21.....added 2011
1951 06 26
Tuesday
.New York, N.Y.Birdlandsee 1951 06 21.....added 2011
1951 06 27
Wednesday
...Al Hibbler recording session..01,2-28..2011
1951 06 27
Wednesday
.New York, N.Y.Birdlandsee 1951 06 21.....added 2011
1951 06 28
Thursday
..Gotham's StudioStars on Parade recording session

(New Desor originally showed this as a U.S. Army and Air Force Recruiting Service session on August 19)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
Anderson, Baker, Nance, Nelson Williams, Jackson, Woodman, Tizol, Hamilton, Smith, Procope, Gonsalves, Carney, Ellington, Marshall, Bellson, Strayhorn

Titles recorded:
  • Take the A Train
  • Fancy Dan
  • The Hawk Talks
  • Ol' Man River
  • C-Jam Blues
  • Caravan
  • Mood Indigo
  • Blues No. 04
  • Tea For Two
  • Monologue
  • Duet
  • Threesome (V.I.P. Boogie/Jam With Sam)


From what I can make of the various DEMS entries, this was a recording session for the U.S. Army and Air Force Recruiting Service broadcast on a show called Stars on Parade. The recording session appears to have been at Gotham Studios on June 28, and aired August 19 or the week of August 19. According to Down Beat, the USAAFRS recorded about 12 shows featuring Ellington's, Goodman's and Herbie Fields' bands and released them as Stars on Parade, aired over about 2,000 radio stations. See the caption to the Down Beat photo of the Ellington session in DEMS 02,3-12 for a clearer description.
Stratemann p.328 citing Down Beat 1951-10-05 p.3DE5124NDCS 1036
DEMS photos
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1951 06 28
Thursday
.New York, N.Y.Birdlandsee 1951 06 21.....added 2011
1951 06 29
Friday
.New York, N.Y.Birdlandsee 1951 06 21.....added 2011
1951 06 30
Saturday
10 pm
.New York, N.Y.."Songs For Sale" television and radio simulcast
Duke appeared with Mitch Miller and composer Jules Styne on a show, hosted by Steve Allen, to judge tunes submitted by aspiring songwriters. Peggy Lee (subbing for Rosemary Clooney) and Johnny Desmond (who replaced Tony Bennett) would sing them so they could be judged by the panel. Winners received a cash prize of $100 and the winning tune would be published by BMI.
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1951 06 30
Saturday
.New York, N.Y.Birdlandsee 1951 06 21.....added 2011
1951 06 00.New York, N.Y.BirdlandUndated broadcast from Birdland.DE512103,2-25
00,2-19
90,4-3
87,4-5
corrTimner-4/22+29
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July 1951

1951 07 01
Sunday
3 to 4 pm
.New YorkWNEW StudiosEllington subs for Benny Goodman as host of a Sunday broadcast - see 1951-06-10New York Times radio log for this day...djp
added 2013-04-21
1951 07 02
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 07 03
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 07 04
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 07 05
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 07 06
Friday
1951 07 12
Thursday
Washington, D.C.Howard TheatreStage show
Variety lists the bill as (names only) Duke Ellington Orc., John Mason Co., Teddy Hale, Ama Ming Al Hibler (sic) and Joya Sherrill. Hale was a tap dancer and Ming was a tightrope walker.
  • Variety 1951-06-06 p.47
  • Stratemann p.328 citing Variety 1951-07-04 p.54
.
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1951 07 07
Saturday
.Washington, D.C.Howard Theatresee 1951 07 06....djpadded 2011
1951 07 08
Sunday
3 to 4 pm
.New York, N.Y.WNEW StudiosEllington subs for Benny Goodman as host of a Sunday broadcast - see 1951-06-10

How this was done when Ellington was out of town needs to be determined. Did Duke return to New York for the day, did he pre-record the show, or did he appear live from a remote location?
...djp
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1951 07 08
Sunday
.Washington, D.C.Howard Theatresee 1951 07 06New York Times radio log for this day....added 2011
1951 07 09
Monday
.Washington, D.C.Howard Theatresee 1951 07 06.....added 2011
1951 07 10
Tuesday
.Washington, D.C.Howard Theatresee 1951 07 06.....added 2011
1951 07 11...Date of contract between Triple Ell Corporation, Duke Ellington and Associated Booking Corporation (Joe Glaser, President) to provide 15 musicians led by Duke Ellington, for two 5-day weeks, not to exceed 32 hours per week at the Blue Note Cafe beginning August 24, 1951, for $5,000/week.

The contract says "It is specifically understood and agreed that unless otherwise specified herein, no part of the performance of the Orchestra shall be broadcast or reproduced by radio or other means."

Stratemann, p.329, suggests the shorter, 5 day, 32 hour duration was due to a change in Musicians Union rules, and that days off were likely Mondays and Tuesdays.
Contract, Stratemann files, courtesy Monika Stratemann....added 2012-11-03
1951 07 11
Wednesday
.Washington, D.C.Howard Theatresee 1951 07 06.....added 2011
1951 07 12
Thursday
.Washington, D.C.Howard Theatresee 1951 07 06....added 2011
1951 07 13
Friday
.activity not documented.
1951 07 14
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1951 07 15
Sunday
3 to 4 pm
.New YorkWNEW StudiosEllington subs for Benny Goodman as host of a Sunday broadcast - see 1951-06-10New York Times radio log for this day...djp
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1951 07 16
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 07 17
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 07 18
Wednesday
1951 07 31
Tuesday
New York, N.Y.Paramount Theatre
Times Square
Stage show

"It's another Great Paramount 2 for 1 Show!
Peking Express...
in Person
Duke Ellington and His World Famous Orchestra
plus Peg Leg Bates,
Howell & Bowser,
Extra added attraction Toni Harper.
Midnight feature every night
Variety devotes 6 paragraphs to reviewing this show. Stratemann says the show grossed $100,000 in its two weeks. The film was Peking Express.

  • Ellington orchestra with no vocalist: 5 reeds, 8 brass, 2 rhythm and Ellington, concentrates on jump tunes
  • Show includes comedy team Howell and Bowser, dancer Peg Leg Bates, and very young singer Toni Harper.
  • Band opens with Hawk Talks, then sidemen play various solos, then comes the monologue. Bellson closes with Skin Deep.
  • Ellington is master of ceremonies.
  • Tap dancer Peg Leg Bates' wooden leg is painted blue-grey to match his suit.
  • Singer Toni Harper, in her early teens, sings When You're Smilin' Rock-a-Bye Baby, Baby Blues and Lady Be Good.
  • The comedy team of Howell and Bowser wind up the show, with patter and gags, using an offstage voice, a violin and an ukelele as props.


  • Announcement "Stars Remain at Paramount, 'Peking Express' on Screen" New York Age, 1951-07-28, p.13, referring to the second week starting July 25
  • Ad, New York Age, 1951-07-28, p.13,
  • "House Reviews column, Variety 1951-07-25 p.46
  • Stratemann, p.328, citing the above Variety entry
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1951 07 19
Thursday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount Theatre
Stage show - see 1951 07 18.....added 2011
1951 07 20
Friday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount Theatre
Stage show - see 1951 07 18.....added 2011
1951 07 21
Saturday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount Theatre
Stage show - see 1951 07 18.....added 2011
1951 07 22
Sunday
3 to 4 pm
.New YorkWNEW StudiosEllington subs for Benny Goodman as host of a Sunday broadcast - see 1951-06-10New York Times radio log for this day...djp
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1951 07 22
Sunday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount Theatre
Stage show - see 1951 07 18.....added 2011
1951 07 23
Monday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount Theatre
Stage show - see 1951 07 18.....added 2011
1951 07 24
Tuesday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount Theatre
Stage show - see 1951 07 18.....added 2011
1951 07 25
Wednesday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount Theatre
Stage show - see 1951 07 18.....added 2011
1951 07 26
Thursday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount Theatre
Stage show - see 1951 07 18.....added 2011
1951 07 27
Friday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount Theatre
Stage show - see 1951 07 18.....added 2011
1951 07 28
Saturday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount Theatre
Stage show - see 1951 07 18.....added 2011
1951 07 29
Sunday
3 to 4 pm
.New YorkWNEW StudiosEllington subs for Benny Goodman as host of a Sunday broadcast - see 1951-06-10New York Times radio log for this day...djp
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1951 07 29
Sunday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount Theatre
Stage show - see 1951 07 18.....added 2011
1951 07 30
Monday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount Theatre
Stage show - see 1951 07 18.....added 2011
1951 07 31
Tuesday
.New York, N.Y.Paramount Theatre
Stage show - see 1951 07 18.....added 2011

August 1951

1951 08 01
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 08 02
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 08 03
Friday
.activity not documented.
1951 08 04
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1951 08 05
Sunday
3 to 4 pm
.New YorkWNEW StudiosEllington subs for Benny Goodman as host of a Sunday broadcast - see 1951-06-10New York Times radio log for this day...djp
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1951 08 06
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 08 07
Tuesday
.New York, N.Y.Columbia StudioColumbia recording session
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
Anderson, Baker, Nance, Nelson Williams, Jackson, Woodman, Tizol, Hamilton, Smith, Procope, Gonsalves, Carney, Ellington, Marshall, Bellson, Strayhorn

Titles recorded:
  • Deep Night
  • Please Be Kind
  • Smada
  • Rock Skippin' At The Blue Note
  • Don't Take My Love
.DE5123 corrTimner-4/22
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1951 08 08
Wednesday
.New York, N.Y.Columbia StudioColumbia recording session
This session is not documented in Timner 4, New Desor nor The Wax Works of Duke Ellington. If it took place, it was likely a continuation of the previous day's session.
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1951 08 09
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 08 10
Friday
1951 08 16Detroit, Mich.Fox TheatreStage show
Hibbler back; Ella Fitzgerald an added attraction; show included Howell & Bowser, and tapper Bobby Ephraim.

The theatre grossed $42,000 for the week.
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1951 08 11
Saturday
.Detroit, Mich.Fox Theatresee 1951 08 10.....2011
1951 08 12
Sunday
3 to 4 pm
.New YorkWNEW StudiosEllington subs for Benny Goodman as host of a Sunday broadcast - see 1951-06-10

How this was done when Ellington was out of town needs to be determined. Did Duke return to New York for the day, did he pre-record the show, or did he appear live from a remote location?
New York Times radio log for this day...djp
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1951 08 12
Sunday
.Detroit, Mich.Fox Theatresee 1951 08 10.....2011
1951 08 13
Monday
.Detroit, Mich.Fox Theatresee 1951 08 10.....2011
1951 08 14
Tuesday<
.Detroit, Mich.Fox Theatresee 1951 08 10.....2011
1951 08 15
Wednesday
.Detroit, Mich.Fox Theatresee 1951 08 10.....2011
1951 08 16
Thursday
.Detroit, Mich.Fox Theatresee 1951 08 10.....2011
1951 08 17
Friday
.activity not documented.
1951 08 18
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1951 08 19
Sunday
3 to 4 pm
.New YorkWNEW StudiosEllington subs for Benny Goodman as host of a Sunday broadcast - see 1951-06-10New York Times radio log for this day...djp
added 2013-04-21
1951 08 19
Sunday
...activities not documented
Stars on Parade recordings were released for broadcast on this date or during this week - see 1951- 06 28
....djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-24
1951 08 20
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 08 21
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 08 22
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 08 23
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 08 24
Friday
1951 09 06Chicago, Ill.Blue Note Cafe
56 W. Madison St.
Club residency
15 musicians led by Duke Ellington, for two 5-day weeks, not to exceed 32 hours per week, for $5,000/week.

Variety:

"Duke to Chi Blue Note
Duke Ellington has been signed for the Blue Note club, Chicago, Aug. 24 for two weeks. He'll follow with a series of one-nighters and concert dates through the west and midwest.

Ellington, recently signed by Joe Glaser's Associated Booking Corp., has also been set for a tour of arenas and auditoriums with 'The Biggest Show of 1951' an all-Negro unit packaged for the Arena Managers Assn."

  • Contract, Stratemann files, courtesy Monika Stratemann
  • Variety 1951-089-15 p.42
....added 2011

updated 2013-04-22
1951 08 25
Saturday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note Cafesee 1951 08 24.....2011
1951 08 26
Sunday
3 to 4 pm
.New YorkWNEW StudiosEllington subs for Benny Goodman as host of a Sunday broadcast - see 1951-06-10

How this was done when Ellington was out of town needs to be determined. Did Duke return to New York for the day, did he pre-record the show, or did he appear live from a remote location?
New York Times radio log for this day...djp
added 2013-04-21
1951 08 26
Sunday<
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note Cafesee 1951 08 24.....2011
1951 08 27
Monday
.Chicago, Ill..see 1951 08 24 - believed to be a day off - no activities documented.....2011
1951 08 28
Tuesday
.Chicago, Ill..see 1951 08 24 - believed to be a day off - no activities documented.....2011
1951 08 29
Wednesday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note Cafesee 1951 08 24.....2011
1951 08 30
Thursday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note Cafesee 1951 08 24.....2011
1951 08 31
Friday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note Cafesee 1951 08 24.....2011

September 1951

1951 09 01
Saturday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note Cafesee 1951 08 24.....2011
1951 09 02
Sunday
3 to 4 pm
.New YorkWNEW StudiosEllington subs for Benny Goodman as host of a Sunday broadcast - see 1951-06-10

This appears to be Duke's last day on the job.

How this was done when Ellington was out of town needs to be determined. Did Duke return to New York for the day, did he pre-record the show, or did he appear live from a remote location?
New York Times radio log for this day...djp
added 2013-04-21
1951 09 02
Sunday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note Cafesee 1951 08 24.....2011
1951 09 03
Monday
.Chicago, Ill..see 1951 08 24 - believed to be a day off - no activities documented.....2011
1951 09 04
Tuesday
.Chicago, Ill..see 1951 08 24 - believed to be a day off - no activities documented.....2011
1951 09 05
Wednesday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note Cafesee 1951 08 24.....2011
1951 09 06
Thursday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note Cafesee 1951 08 24.....2011
1951 09 07
Friday
7:45 pm
.Milwaukee, Wisc.Wisconsin Avenue between N.Water and N.Broadway
"Public street dance. Music by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra"
Others named in the ad are Marilyn Maxwell and Johnny Desmond.

This event was part of a "Free Fun Festival" sponsored by The Downtown Association.

Stratemann wrote
"... Ellington was to open Milwaukee's Wisconsin Street Club (or Theatre) with singer Marilyn Maxwell, according to Variety...but unless it was just a brief stand, the booking would have collided with..." (Sept 10 date)" -
...djp
added 2013-03-27
1951 09 08
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1951 09 09
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1951 09 10
Monday
1951 09 16PhiladelphiaAfrican Room
Club Harlem,
388 Lenox Ave.
......2011
1951 09 11
Tuesday
.Philadelphia, Penn.African Room
Club Harlem
see 1951 09 10.....2011
1951 09 12
Wednesday
.Philadelphia, Penn.African Room
Club Harlem
see 1951 09 10.....2011
1951 09 13
Thursday
.Philadelphia, Penn.African Room
Club Harlem
see 1951 09 10.....2011
1951 09 14
Friday
.Philadelphia, Penn.African Room
Club Harlem
see 1951 09 10.....2011
1951 09 15
Saturday
.Philadelphia, Penn.African Room
Club Harlem
see 1951 09 10.....2011
1951 09 16
Sunday
.Philadelphia, Penn.African Room
Club Harlem
see 1951 09 10.....2011
1951 09 17
Monday
.Toronto, Ont.Massey Hall......2011
1951 09 18
Tuesday
...Date of contract between Triple Ell Corporation, Duke Ellington and Associated Booking Corporation to provide 15 musicians "under the leadership of Duke Ellington, Inc. presents Duke Ellington" for two 5-day weeks, not to exceed 32 hours per week at the Blue Note Cafe beginning December 21, 1951, for $5,000/week.

The contract says "It is specifically understood and agreed that unless otherwise specified herein, no part of the performance of the Orchestra shall be broadcast or reproduced by radio or other means."
Contract, Stratemann files, courtesy Monika Stratemann....added 2012-11-03
1951 09 18
Tuesday
...Peripheral event
Willie Manning, Duke's 19-year secretary/driver was arrested and Ellington's car was seized by New York police because Manning dealt drugs and used the car to do so. Ellington was not implicated and the car was returned after $700 in storage fees were paid. Manning pled guilty and on June 23, 1952 was sentenced to four years in prison for conspiracy to violate the marijuana laws. Testimony at the trial indicated he made 19 marijuana sales from 1950 to 1951 as a member of a gang.
  • Stratemann, citing Variety 1951-10-036 p49
  • California Eagle 1952-07-24 p.1
  • New York Age, 1952-07-26, p.9
djpAdded 2013-03-27
updated 2013-04-28
1951 09 18
Tuesday
.Quebec CityLa Tour......2011
1951 09 19
Wednesday
.Ste RoseDomaine Ideal......2011
1951 09 20
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 09 20...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Al Hibbler leaves the band
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
1951 09 21
Friday
1951 09 23Boston, Mass.Boston GardenVariety show "Biggest Show of 1951"
First of three nights here
Beginning of the "Biggest Show of 1951" tour. Headliners were Ellington and his orchestra, Sarah Vaughan and Nat King Cole's trio.

Others were
  • Marie Bryant and her dance troupe
  • Stump and Stumpy
  • Patterson & Jackson
  • Peg Leg Bates
  • Timmie Rogers


Billboard carried a story dated Oct. 6 1951 saying the show, costing $24,000/week, was initially set for three weeks with additional dates pencilled in that were subject to cancellation. The Oct. 6 story said, however, it was now a go-ahead to run until the end of November, and that it would probably run through the South and part of the Midwest, but not west of the Rockies.

In contrast, Variety Oct. 3 said the unit was "booked solid until Dec. 5 when it will close in the Mid-West."

Homzy's liner notes quote Bellson:

After I was in the band for a couple of months, Duke said, "We're going to make a tour down South to do a show with Sarah Vaughan and the Nat 'King' Cole Trio."

I said, "OK," and he said, "Do you know what that means?"

I was puzzled, so Duke said, "I can't find another drummer who can do what you do, so I'm going to make you a Hiatian."

And I said, "I'm ready to play music, no matter what." So I became a fair-skinned Haitian, and I stayed with the band wherever we went.

Billboard says the show was being sold for $4,000 to $5,000 a day, depending on house capacity and day of the week. This suggests the risk of profit or loss is to the venue owner, who would be entitled to the entire ticket revenue.

Billboard reports the Boston Garden revenue after tax was $18,000 over the three days.

Nat King Cole commented on playing in arenas in Billboard, 1951-12-22, p.44
Stratemann, p.329, citing .08,3-9.djpadded 2011

updated 2013-04-22
1951 09 22
Saturday
.Boston, Mass.Boston GardenBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21
.....added 2011
1951 09 23
Sunday
.Boston, Mass.Boston GardenBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21
....djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 09 24
Monday
.Worcester, Mass.Memorial AuditoriumBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21 - played to audience of 4,200, ticket sales $8,460
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 09 25
Tuesday
.Providence, R.I.Rhode Island AuditoriumBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21 - 6,100 in audience, ticket sales $10,450
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 09 26
Wednesday
.Troy, N.Y.Troy ArmoryBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21 - 4,400 in audience, ticket sales $5,400

Local promoter Ted Bayly had the drill shed set to hold 5,800 but Variety understood he made a profit anyway.

Ticket prices per Variety were $1.75 to $2.75.

Sarah Vaughan's car broke down so she didn't perform this night

...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 09 27
Thursday
8:30 pm
.Newark, N.J.Mosque Theatre
1020 Broad St.
Biggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Gate $8,620, Tickets: $1.50, $1.80, $2.40, $3.00, $3.60, $4.20

  • Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard 1951-10-13 p.51
  • Billboard 1951-10-13 p.1
  • Announcement and ad, Westfield, N.J., Leader, 1951-09-20p.23
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-04-01
1951 09 28
Friday
.New York, N.Y.Carnegie HallTwo sold-out performances of the Biggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21
The fire department authorized 100 standees; the ticket price was $4.80, ticket revenue was $17,000 for the two shows

Stratemann provides a short summary of the 8 paragraph favourable review by Variety.

...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 09 29
Saturday
.Norfolk, Va. Municipal AuditoriumTwo performances of the Biggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $14,348
Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard 1951-10-13 p.1...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 09 30
Sunday
.Richmond, Va. Mosque AuditoriumTwo sold-out performances of the Biggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $13,009 for the two shows
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30 and 2013-09-07

October 1951

1951 10 01
Monday
.Baltimore, Md.ColosseumBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $8,500

The Oct.6 Baltimore Afro-American carried a picture of Ellington, Cole, local disc jockey Chuck Richards and NAACP membership campaign officials Gertrude Gorman and John Flamer, saying Ellington and Cole endorse the current membership campaign.
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 02
Tuesday
1951 10 03Philadelphia, Penn.ArenaBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21 - first of two nights
Stratemann p.329 citing ...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 03
Wednesday
.Philadelphia, Penn.ArenaBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21 - second night

Ticket sales for the two nights, $18,341
Billboard 1951-10-13 p.1...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 04
Thursday
8:30 pm
.New Haven, Conn.New Haven ArenaBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $7,000
Prices: $1.00 general admission
$2.00 & $3.00, reserved
  • Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard 1951-10-13 p.1
  • Ads:
    • Naugatuck (Conn.) News:
      • 1951-09-25, p.9
      • 1951-10-03 p.4
    • The Bridgeport (Conn.) Sunday Post:
      • 1951-09-23, p.B-8
      • 1951-09-30, p.B-9
  • The Bridgeport Telegram
    • 1951-09-23
    • 1951-09-30
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 05
Friday
.White Plains, N.Y.Westchester County CenterBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $9,000

Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard 1951-11-03 p.24...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 06
Saturday
.Springfield, Mass.Municipal AuditoriumBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $8,600
Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard 1951-11-03 p.24...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 07
Sunday
2:45 and 8:45 pm
.Montréal, P.Q.Montreal ForumTwo performances in the 15,000 seat Forum
The Biggest Show of '51
Ellington's orchestra with the Nat King Cole Trio, Sarah Vaughan and a "collection of assorted comics and dancers" — Marie Bryant leading the dancers, vaudevillian Peg Leg Bates, comedian Timmie Rogers, comedians Stump and Stumpy and comedians Patterson and Jackson.

Ticket sales $25,000
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 08
Monday
.Ottawa, Ont. AuditoriumBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $4,200 here.
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 09
Tuesday
.Kingston, Ont. Community AuditoriumBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $7,500
Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard 1951-11-03 p.24...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 10
Wednesday
.Toronto, Ont.Maple Leaf GardensBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $13,000
Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard 1951-11-03 p.24...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 11
Thursday
.Kitchener, Ont.Memorial AuditoriumBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $9,800
Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard 1951-11-03 p.24...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 12
Friday
.London, Ont. London ArenaBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $7,800
Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard 1951-11-03 p.24...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 13
Saturday
.Buffalo, N.Y.Memorial AuditoriumBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $13,500
Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard 1951-11-03 p.24...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 14
Sunday
8:30 pm
.Syracuse, N.Y.Onondaga County War MemorialBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Presented by "Syracuse Nats"

Ticket sales $12,500

Prices $1.00, $1.50, $2.00, $2.50

The War Memorial building was newly built, opening the previous month.
  • Announcements:
    • Syracuse Post-Standard, 1951-09-30, p.17
    • Syracuse Herald-American, 1951-11-14, p.29
  • Ads:
    • Syracuse Herald-American, 1951-09-30, p.33
    • Syracuse Post-Standard:
      • 1951-09-23, p.18
      • 1951-10-07, p.20
      • 1951-10-09 p.16
      • 1951-09-30, p.16
  • "Dis and Dat" review, Marcellus N.Y. Observer 1951-10-19 p4
  • Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard 1951-11-03 p.24
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-04-20
1951 10 15
Monday
.Rochester, N.Y.Edgerton ParkBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $9,000
Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard 1951-11-03 p.24...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 16
Tuesday
.Cleveland, Oh.Main ArenaBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $15,000

(Variety announced the package show was bookd at the Public Auditorium.)
..Joe Mosbrookdjpadded 2011

updated 2013-04-22
1951 10 17
Wednesday
.Cincinnati, Oh.The GardensBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $14,811 for an audience of 8,849
Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard ...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 18
Thursday
8:30 pm
.Charleston, W.Va.Municipal AuditoriumBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $7,500

Prices: Balcony: $2.50
Mezzanine: $4.00
Main floor: $3.00 $3.50 $4.00

(The Gorby Music Shop ad shows Ellington and Vaughan's names and lists their records it carries, but does not mention Cole.)
  • Charleston Gazette ads:
    • 1951-09-23
    • 1951-09-26 p.7
    • 1951-09-30, p.37
    • 1951-10-16, p.7
    • 1951-10-17, p.7 (Galperin Music)
    • 1951-10-17 p.16 (Gorby's Music Shop)
  • Announcement, Charleston Gazette, 1951-10-18, p.19
  • Review, Emotional Jazz,Vaudeville Touch Delight Ellington, Cole Devotees, Charleston Gazette, 1951-10-19 p.15
  • Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard 1951-11-03 p.24
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-04-01
1951 10 19
Friday
.Pittsburgh, Penn.ArenaBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $16,000
Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard 1951-11-03 p.24...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 20
Saturday
8:30 PM
.Scranton, Penn.Sports ArenaBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21
CYC (Scranton) Sat. nite
The Greatest Show Ever

Duke Ellington
Nat King Cole
Sarah Vaughan
with 52 famous stars
Prices: $1.80, $2.50, $3.50

Ticket sales $6,000
  • Ad, Binghamton Press, 1951-10-18, p.26
  • Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard 1951-11-03 p.24
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 21
Sunday
.Washington, D.C.National Guard ArmoryTwo performances
Biggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21
"Net take" about $25,000
Stratemann p.329 citing ...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 22
Monday
.Roanoke, Va.Municipal AuditoriumBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $7,000
Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard 1951-11-03 p.24...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 23
Tuesday
8:30 pm
.Richmond, Va.Mosque AuditoriumBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Return engagement

Ticket sales $6,000

"RICHMOND, Va.—(ANP)—Nat King Cole and his trio, Duke Ellington and his orchestra, songstress Sarah Vaughan and other top performers in the musical world comprising the cast of the Biggest Show of '51" will appear in a return engagement at the Mosqu[illegible] Tuesday night, October 23. So popular was the group, on [illegible] original appearance here, September 30 for two shows-that the demand for tickets was greater than available seats in the large theatre. Thousands were tuned away. Only one show will be given Oct.23 a full three hours of entertainment, to begin at 8:30 P. M. All seats will be reserved."
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-31
1951 10 24
Wednesday
.Raleigh, N.C..Biggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $12,000
  • Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard 1951-11-03 p.24
  • Short Notes, The Rocky Mount Sunday Telegram, Rocky Mount, N.C., 1951-10-28, p.3A
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-04-01
1951 10 25
Thursday
.Columbia, S.C.Municipal AuditoriumBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ticket sales $8,000
Stratemann p.329 citing Billboard 1951-11-03 p.24...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-30
1951 10 26
Friday
.Atlanta, Ga.City AuditoriumBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21
Jim Crow reared his ugly head here.

The Auditorium management enforced a long-unobserved state law requiring racially separated entrances for public meeting places, and police told "colored" people the had to use the back door. The Afro-American reported that about 1,000 patrons tore up their tickets in protest. The A-A reports "more than 4,000 crowded in to see and hear Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan and Nat (King) Cole" and "there were 1,500 white record fans with a great big section all to themselves."

The local promoter is quoted as saying he had no advance knowledge of the door arrangements, which was new to Atlanta. The arena manager "readily admitted that he made the arrangement, but he was acting on the orders of the City Council Auditorium Committee."

The article goes on to say the white members with Ellington and Cole were allowed to perform, contrasting with Birmingham, where the Police Commissioner told white musicians they could not play on a stage with colored musicians.
...N.Fernandez, djp
added 2013-04-10
1951 10 27
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1951 10 28
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1951 10 29
Monday
8:30 pm
.New Orleans, La.Municipal AuditoriumBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21
Segregated - tickets advertised as Choice Orchestra Seats for White Patrons ... $3.50, $2.75 including tax.

The review describes the show fairly well, and mentions that Ellington changed clothes between almost every number.
    Times-Picayune, New Orleans:
  • Ad, 1951-10-23, p.12
  • Ad and publicity, 1951-10-25, p.30
  • Ad, 1951-10-28, p.10
  • Publicity, 1951-10-29 p.12
  • Ad, 1951-10-29 p.34
  • Review, 1951-10-30, p.10
...djp
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1951 10 30
Tuesday
.Houston, Tex..Biggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

In Houston on Oct. 3, both will play the same night, so the box office figures should be something to watch on this date.
  • Stratemann p.329 citing Down Beat 1951-11-02
  • Fairfax Nisbet, 'Chatterbox,' Dallas Morning News, 1951-10-13, p.6, pt.II
  • /ul>
....added 2011

updated 2013-09-07
1951 10 31
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 fall a.U.S.A..Tc +Ray Block Orch.DE5125...2011
1951 fall b.U.S.A..Tc “Benay Venuta Show”.DE512600,2-18..2011

November 1951

1951 11 01
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 11 02
Friday
.activity not documented.
1951 11 03
Saturday
8 pm and 11 pm
.Dallas, Tex.State Fair AuditoriumBiggest Show of 1951
- see 1951 09 21
Two performances
Initally planned to be two segregated concerts, whites first and then blacks, plans changed to allow separate seating in the white concert for blacks, and vice versa in the black concert.

Prices - Lower Floor $3.60, $3.00; Balcony, $3.00, $2.40, $1.20, including tax. Box office to open at 9 a.m.
Dallas Morning News
  • Chatterbox column by Fairfax Nisbet, 1951-10-13, p.6, pt.II
  • Ad and mention, 1951-10-26, Pt. I, p.17
  • Publicity - article and photos, 1951-10-28, Pt.IV, front page
  • Events of the Week, 1951-10-28, Pt.IV,p.2
  • Publicity, 1951-11-03, Pt.II, p.4
  • Review, 1951-11-04, Pt.I p.10
...djp
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1951 11 04
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1951 11 05
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 11 06
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 11 07
Wednesday
8:30 pm
.Little Rock, Ark.Robinson Memorial Auditorium
Biggest Show of 1951
- see 1951 09 21
Arkansas State Press, Little Rock, Ark.
  • 1951-11-02 p 8
  • Observatory Comments by Earl Lee Davy, 1951-11-16, p.4
...djp
added 2013-09-06
1951 11 08
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 11 09
Friday
.activity not documented.
1951 11 10
Saturday
.St. Louis, Mo.Convention HallBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Ellington was interviewed by a reporter for the Baltimore Afro-American. The published account of the interview created a public relations nightmare for Ellington.
Stratemann, p.330 citing DESB...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-27
1951 11 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Nelson "Cadillac" Williams leaves the band
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-25
1951 11 11...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Clark Terry, trumpet and fluegelhorn, born 1920, joins the band
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-25
1951 11 11
Sunday
.Kansas City, Mo.Municipal AuditoriumBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21
Clark Terry's autobiography describes his first night as a permanent band member, which he places in Kiel Auditorium, the new name for the St. Louis Municipal Auditorium on Remembrance Day. While his book tells us Ellington recruited him from Basie, and paid him to wait in St. Louis until the band arrived on Nov.11, the Maryville Daily Forum has the band playing in Kansas City on November 11, and the St. Louis date seems pretty certain to have been Nov.10. Terry describes playing this night, describing the routines performed by the other acts. Terry's date seems to be wrong.
...djp
added 2013-03-31
1951 11 12
Monday
8:30 pm
.Des Moines, Io.KRNT Theatre
Biggest Show Of 1951 - see 1951 09 21
Anouncements:
  • The Jefferson Herald, Jefferson, Io., 1951-10-25 p.6
  • The Jefferson Bee, 1951-10-30, p.2
...djp
added 2013-04-01
1951 11 13
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 11 14
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 11 15
Thursday
...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Willie Cook, trumpet, joins the band
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11
1951 11 15
Thursday
.Ann Arbor, Mich.University of MichiganBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Part of this concert appears to have been recorded - three titles are listed in Timner - Love You Madly is on YouTube
  • Timner4, p.124
.90,4-6corr Timner-4/22.added 2011

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1951 11 16
Friday
.Troy, Ind.Hobart Arena
255 Adams St.

Biggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Tickets: $1.50, $2.00, $3.00
The Lima News, Lima, Oh.
  • Announcement, 1951-11-06, p.12
  • Ad, 1951-11-13, p.16
  • Ad, 1951-11-14, p.20
....
added 2013-03-28
1951 11 17
Saturday
7 pm and 9 pm
.West Lafayette, Ind.Purdue Hall of Music
Purdue University campus

Two performances in this 6,005 seat theatre
Biggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21
Announcement, Kokomo Tribune, 1951-11-12, p.9....
added 2013-03-28
1951 11 18
Sunday
.Chicago, Ill.Civic Opera HouseBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Two performances

Opera House manager Herb Carlin announced a package of four concerts, Stan Kenton on Nov. 10 and 11, Billy Eckstine and George Shearing on Nov. 13, and this show on the 18th. Tickets were to be sold as a package or as singles. Ticket price $3.00 "tops" except this show, $3.50. The sales pitch would be aimed at "the juves" who find it too expensive to go to the niteries.

Variety reported the show racked up $21,000 for these performances, sold out several days in advance. House manager Herb Carlin had to sell pit seats for the overflow.
  • Poster or ad reproduced in Vail II.
  • Variety
    • 1951-09-12 p.46
    • 1951-11-21 p.40
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-04-23
1951 11 19
Monday
.Davenport, Ia.Masonic Auditorium
Biggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21
Vail II...djp
added 2013-03-29
1951 11 19
Monday
...Peripheral event
Variety announced Mercer Records had signed Billy Strayhorn to a recording contract as a bandleader. The first release would be an LP, with a group of Ellington sidemen.
Variety 1951-09-19 p.53..Added 2013-04-22
1951 11 20
Tuesday
8:30 pm
.Rochester, Minn.Mayo Civic Auditorium
Biggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Tickets: $1.80, $2.40, $3.00, $3.60
Ads,
  • The LaCrosse Tribune, LaCrosse, Wisc.:
    • 1951-11-16, p.7
    • 1951-11-18, p.21
  • The Winona Republican-Herald, Winona, Minn.:
    • 1951-11-16, p.13
    • 1951-11-19, p.9
...djp
added 2013-04-01
1951 11 21
Wednesday
.Minneapolis, Minn.Municipal AuditoriumBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21
  • Vail II
  • Variety 1951-10-31 p.41
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-27
1951 11 22
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 11 22
Thursday
.Milwaukee, Wisc.Milwaukee Arena
Biggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

This was American Thanksgiving Day, and the streets were icy. Attendance was only about 4,500. Ellington delayed the start for half an hour to allow the seats to fill; when that didn't happen, he invited the audience to move closer.
  • Short announcement, Milwaukee Sentinel, 1951-10-23
  • Ad, Milwaukee Journal, 1951-11-22, p.5
  • Review, Milwaukee Journal, 1951-11-23 p.25
...djp
added 2013-04-01
1951 11 23
Friday
.activity not documented.
1951 11 24
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1951 11 25
Sunday
.Detroit, Mich.Olympia StadiumBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

11,000 admissions, gross $26,490
...djp, n.f.
added 2013-03-31
1951 11 26
Monday
8:30 pm
.Canton, Oh.Canton Memorial AuditoriumBiggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21
4,000 in attendance
Tickets, $1.80, $2.40, $3.00 and $3.60 including tax
  • Announcement, The Evening Independent, Massillon, Oh., 1951-11-23 p.17
  • The Canton Repository, Canton, Oh.
    • Subdued ad, 1951-11-26, p.14
    • Several brief mentions in the week before the show
    • Review, 1951-11-27,p.26
....
added 2013-03-28
Updated 2013-09-06
1951 11 27
Tuesday
8:30 pm
.Toledo, Oh.Toledo Sports Arena
One Main St.
Biggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

Billboard reports "turned 'em away," indicating a sold out house

Variety reported an audience of 4,900 and revenue of $9,800
  • Billboard 1952-01-12, p.50
  • Ads,
    • Toledo Blade, 1951-11-24
    • The Lima News, 1951-11-26 p.22
  • Variety 1951-12-05 p.53
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-04-23
1951 11 28
Wednesday
.Columbus, Oh.Memorial HallTwo performances
Biggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

In a report from Columbus dated Dec. 4, Variety said this was the second last show of the tour, and reported $8,500 for the double show with top tickets priced at $3.80.
  • Billboard 1951-11-17, p.50
  • Ad, The Marion Star, Marion, oh., 1951-11-20, p.17
  • Variety 1951-12-05 p.53
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-04-23
1951 11 29
Thursday
.Johnstown, Penn. Cambria County War Memorial Arena
326 Napoleon St.

Biggest Show Of 1951
- see 1951 09 21

The Indiana Evening Gazette reported the War Memorial had been trying to book the show, but the troupe had such an heavy performance schedule that it was "only last week" they learned November 29 was available.
  • Announcements
    • Bedford Gazette 1951-11-26 p.6
    • Indiana Evening Gazette 1951-11-26 p.9
  • Ad, Bedford (Mass.) Gazette, 1951-11-28
...djp
added 2013-03-28
1951 11 30
Friday
.activity not documented.

December 1951

1951 late.U.S.A..Broadcast.DE5129...2011
1951 12 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Singer Jimmy Grissom joins the band and trumpeter Harold “Shorty” Baker leaves
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-12
1951 12 01
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1951 12 02
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1951 12 03
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 12 04
Tuesday
...Peripheral event
The Baltimore Afro-American carried a story in which Ellington defended his comments about racial political action reported by reporter Otis Thompson, who interviewed him backstage when The Biggest Show of 1951 played in St. Louis on November 10. Ellington was subsequently attacked by a columnist, and there was controversy in the black press.
Baltimore Afro-American 1951-12-04djpAdded 2013-04-01
1951 12 04.activity not documented.
1951 12 05
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 12 06
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 12 07
Friday
.New York, N.Y..CBS recording session
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
Cook, Baker, Terry, F.Williams, Nance, Vance, Woodman, Jackson, Tizol, Hamilton, Procope, Smith, Gonsalves, Carney, Ellington, Marshall, Bellson

Titles recorded:
  • Harlem
  • Bensonality
.DE5127corrTimner-4/22+30.added 2011

updated 2013-04-23
1951 12 08
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1951 12 09
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1951 12 10
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 12 11
Tuesday
.New York, N.Y.Columbia StudioCBS recording session
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

Cook, Baker, Terry, Nance, Woodman, Jackson, Tizol, Hamilton, Procope, Smith, Gonsalves, Carney, Ellington, Strayhorn, Marshall, Bellson, Lloyd Oldham
Titles recorded:
  • Blues At Sundown
  • Duet
  • Controversial Suite 1. Before My Time
  • Controversial Suite 2. Later
  • Azalea
  • Vagabonds
  • Something To Live For
  • Vagabonds
.DE5128corrTimner-4/22+30djpadded 2011

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1951 12 12
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 12 13
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1951 12 14
Friday
.Bloomington, Ind.University of Indiana.Announcement, Variety 1951-10-17 p.48.....added 2011

updated 2013-04-22
1951 12 15
Saturday
.Herrin, Ill.White City Park.Ads:
  • Daily Register, Harrisburg, Ill. 1951-12-11, p.3,s.3
  • The Register News, Mount Vernon, Ill. 1951-12-14 p.12
.08,3-9..added 2011

updated 2013-04-09
1951 12 16
Sunday
.Spring Valley, Ill.(illegible) Buzz Ballroom
Dance
Vail II...djp
added 2013-04-22
1951 12 17
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 12 18
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1951 12 19
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1951 12 20
Thursday
.Bloomington, Ind.University of Indiana
Dance, announced by Variety:

"Duke Ellington set for Dec. 14 date at University of Indiana, Bloomington, then jumps back for an RCA Victor dance there, Dec. 20"

Variety 1951-10-17, p. 48...djp
added 2013-04-22
1951 12 21
Friday
...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Singer Betty Roché rejoins the band
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-25
1951 12 21
Friday
1952 01 03Chicago, Ill.Blue Note Cafe
56 W. Madison St.
Night club residency: 15 musicians "under the leadership of Duke Ellington, Inc. presents Duke Ellington" for two 5-day weeks, not to exceed 32 hours per week at the Blue Note Cafe beginning December 21, 1951, for $5,000/week. Unlike later contracts with the Blue Note, this one did not require a vocalist, so it is interesting Betty Roché rejoined at this time.

The engagement was announced in Variety 1951-09-26 p.133
.....added 2011

updated 2013-04-12
1951 12 22
Saturday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club residency - see 1951-12-21.....added 2011
1951 12 23
Sunday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club residency - see 1951-12-21.....added 2011
1951 12 24
Monday
..activities not documented - probably a day off to comply with the contract.
1951 12 25
Tuesday - probably a day off to comply with the contract
.activity not documented.
1951 12 26
Wednesday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club residency - see 1951-12-21.....added 2011
1951 12 27
Thursday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club residency - see 1951-12-21.....added 2011
1951 12 28
Friday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club residency - see 1951-12-21.....added 2011
1951 12 29
Saturday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club residency - see 1951-12-21.....added 2011
1951 12 30
Sunday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club residency - see 1951-12-21.....added 2011
1951 12 31
Monday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club residency - see 1951-12-21 - this was likely a night off per the contract......added 2011



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January 1952

1952 01 01
Tuesday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club residency - see 1951-12-21 - most likely a night off under the contract......added 2011
1952 01 02
Wednesday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club residency - see 1951-12-21.....added 2011
1952 01 03
Thursday
.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeLast night of club residency - see 1951-12-21

Vail reports some of the band members attended the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Papa. Mr. Papa was a friend of Ellington's road manager Al Celley, and the couple was at the club this evening.
.....added 2011
1952 01 04
Friday
.Sauk City, Wisc.Riverview Ballroom.
The Capital Times, Madison, Wisc.
Ad 1951-12-14
Ad 1952-01-02
Ad 1952-01-03,p8
Wisconsin State Journal
Ad, 1951-12-14 s.2 p.12
Ad, 1951-12-23
Ad, 1951-12-30 s1 p8
Ad, 1952-01-03 s.2 p.5
Ad, 1952-01-04 s2 p9
.08,3-9..2011
1952 01 05
Saturday
11 a.m., 8:30 pm
.New York, N.Y.Metropolitan OperaTwo concerts
Location and date are questionable.
    I don't believe
  1. the Ellington orchestra played Sauk City, Wisconsin the evening of January 4, 1952
    Sources:
    -Additions to Duke’s Itinerary by Arne Neegaard in DEMS 08/3-9
    -Several ads in the Capital Times and the Wisconsin State Journal up to and including January 4
    THEN
  2. played two concerts the next day, January 5, in New York, at 11 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. (One concert was recorded. Vail reports only one concert, doesn't say what time it was and says it was an NAACP benefit.)
    Sources:
    -Stratemann, p.331
    Vail II
    New Desor 5201 and New Desor correction sheet 1030
    Timner 4th edition p.125
    Jazz Records 1942-80, Nielsen, Vol. 6
    http://ellingtonia.com
    THEN
  3. returned to the midwest to play at the Labor Temple in Minneapolis on January 6.
    Sources:
    Stratemann p.331
    Vail II
    New Desor 5202
    Timner 4th edition p.125
    Jazz Records 1942-80, Nielsen, Vol. 6
    http://ellingtonia.com


Discussion:
Fast trains such as the Twentieth Century Limited and the Broadway Limited could make it from Chicago to New York in about 16 hours once lighter rail cars were introduced in the late 1930s but it's still 130 or so miles from Sauk City to Chicago. To make New York in time to play an 11 a.m. concert means the band would have had to catch a train eastbound from Chicago well before suppertime on the 4th whih would not be possible if they played the Friday dance in Sauk City.

It is possible the band could have flown from the midwest to NYC and back, but I don't think there's any evidence the band travelled by air until perhaps the late 1950s.

I've been unable to find anything about the Metropolitan Opera House performances in Dr. Stratemann's files.

Duke did play an NAACP benefit at this venue nearly a year earlier.

I've been unable to find anything online about an NAACP benefit concert in New York in January 1952. Ellington did play at one on January 21, 1951, but the first 1952 NAACP benefit concert I found was later in the year, and the list of those performing did not include Ellington.

The late Art Pilkington may have had a similar difficulty, and the late Dr. Stratemann's wording suggests he wasn't really buying January 5 in New York either.

DEMS 1999/1, www.depanorama.net/dems/1999-1.pdf , p.26, topic 125, discusses this very matter.

5Jan1952 Pilkington: Although tapes are apparently in existence this date is questionable. The New York Times 30Dec51, page8- X listing, titled "Concerts and Opera programs of the week," details the following:

Carnegie Hall - Saturday, 5Jan52
11:00 a.m.Philharmonic Symphony - Young Peoples Concert conducted by Igor Buketoff.
8:30 p.m. U.S.Military Academy Band and the West Point Glee Club.
Duke Ellington is not mentioned at this venue on this date.
Metropolitan Opera House - Saturday, 5Jan52
1:30 p.m. Gotterdammerung
8:30 p.m.LaBoheme
Obviously no mention of Duke Ellington.
I have been unable to substantiate this alleged NAACP Benefit Concert with the Schomberg Centre in NYC.

Timner: Jerry Valbum has a poster announcing this concert and confirms that it has taken place; tape exists.

Hoefsmit: The location was the Metropolitan Opera House because the Carnegie Hall was too small, as Phil Schaap explained in his presentation for "Ellington'86 " at Rutgers University.

Preliminary conclusions:

I imagine any of the following scenarios are possible:
a/ The Sauk City gig was cancelled at the last minute, despite being advertised on January 4.
b/ The 11 a.m. concert was later in the day, perhaps 11 p.m.
c/ The Metropolitan event was misdated or never took place and the discographies are wrong.
d/ Instead of being at Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the concerts were in one of the midwest states.

There is or was a Metropolitan Opera House in Grand Forks, ND, Iowa Falls, Io., Minneapolis, Minn., and Saint Paul, Minn.

Given Ellington played in Minneapolis on January 6, I'd almost be willing to bet January 5 was in one of the nearby Metropolitan Opera Houses. Unforunately the archives I subscribe to don't carry newspapers for either city for 1951 or 1952.

Next steps:
I'm stymied, but maybe someone out there in LYM-land would be kind enough to check into this a bit further, please? Possible avenues might be to:

1. Review any notes made at the 1986 conference, or talk to Mr. Schaap directly.
2. Review Sjef's recordings (audio or visual) of Mr. Schaap's presentation.
3. Check December 15, 1951 to say January 10 Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota newspapers for advertisements for an Ellington appearance on January 5, 1952, particularly if the venue is called Metropolitan Opera House. Concerts were often advertised up to a couple of weeks in advance, and reviews would normally be found in the next edition of a paper after the gig, or the next paper after that.
4. If anyone has the unissued January 5, 1952 recording, listen to it and see if the emcee says where it takes place.
5. Check Mr. Valburn's papers and recordings and report exactly what the poster and tape box or label say..
Stratemann, p.331DE5201corrTimner-4/22+30+33+34
NDCS 1030
.added 2011

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1952 01 06
Sunday
.Minneapolis, Minn.Labor Temple..DE520207,3-38
00,3-26
99,1-9
..2011
1952 01 07
Monday
.activity not documented.
1952 01 08
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1952 01 09
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1952 01 10
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1952 01 11
Friday
.Iowa City, Io.University......2011
1952 01 12
Saturday
1952 01 19St. Louis, Mo.Club RivieraClub date? no details known

Also on the bill: Olivette Miller and the Co-Ops
Jet Magazine:

"One evening recently, unknown Thompson slipped backstage at St. Louis' Kiel Auditorium, caught maestro Duke Ellington on the run from dressing room to stage, came out to rush into print with a story destined to go the rounds of the nation. Ellington, Thompson wrote, had termed the fight against race bias 'silly' and observed acidly that Negroes 'ain't ready.'
Overnight Thompson became a celebrity when his story was reprinted in Negro newspapers around the country.
Undaunted by the fact that Ellington called a New York press conference to say that Thompson had written rather less than the truth, the St. Louis newsman basked in unaccustomed spotlight.
St. Louis citizens this week were making plans to remember Thompson. They have scheduled a testimonial to take place January 12 at St. Louis' Riviera night club. The payoff: the tesimonial would occur on the opening night at the Riviera of the engagement of a world-famed musician - Duke Ellington."

  • Stratemann, p.331 citing Variety 1951-10-31 p.44
  • Variety 1951-12-05 p.57
  • Jet Magazine, 1952-01-10, p.26
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-04-01
1952 01 13
Sunday
.St. Louis, Mo.Club Rivierasee 1952 01 12.....2011
1952 01 14
Monday
.St. Louis, Mo.Club Rivierasee 1952 01 12.....2011
1952 01 15
Tuesday
.St. Louis, Mo.Club Rivierasee 1952 01 12.....2011
1952 01 16
Wednesday
.St. Louis, Mo.Club Rivierasee 1952 01 12.....2011
1952 01 17
Thursday
.St. Louis, Mo.Club Rivierasee 1952 01 12.....2011
1952 01 18
Friday
.St. Louis, Mo.Club Rivierasee 1952 01 12.....2011
1952 01 19
Saturday
.St. Louis, Mo.Club Rivierasee 1952 01 12.....2011
1952 01 20
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1952 01 21
Monday
.activity not documented.
1951 01 22

Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1952 01 23
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1952 01 24
Thursday
.activity not documented.
1952 01 25
Friday
1952 01 30Chicago, Ill.Regal Theatre
47th & South Parkway
Stage show
"Duke Ellington and His Big New 17-Man Orchestra featuring Louis Bellson - Juan Tizol - Harry Carney - Ray Nance - Willie Smith - Britt Woodman...Also the 3 Harlem Mania Rhythm Kings! Jesse, James & Cornell
Extra added attraction! The Famous Recording Quintet! Smash Hit Songsters! "The Orioles""

The Washington Afro-American, 1952-02-12 carried a photo of Duke accepting a silver cigarette case from three Chicago disc jockeys, awarded to him by top theatrical and sports personalities for "outstanding contribution to world culture" and "significant worth to his race." The award was given at a press party honouring Duke when he set a box office mark at the Regal Theatre, although it is not certain that was the reason for the party. The date of the press party is not stated.
Stratemann p.332...djpadded 2011

updated 2012-08-26
1952 01 26
Saturday
.Chicago, Ill.Regal TheatreStage show - see 1952 01 25Stratemann p.332....added 2011
1952 01 27
Sunday
.Chicago, Ill.Regal TheatreStage show - see 1952 01 25Stratemann p.332....added 2011
1952 01 28
Monday
.Chicago, Ill.Regal TheatreStage show - see 1952 01 25Stratemann p.332....added 2011
1952 01 29
Tuesday
.Chicago, Ill.Regal TheatreStage show - see 1952 01 25Stratemann p.332....added 2011
1952 01 30
Wednesday
.Chicago, Ill.Regal TheatreStage show - see 1952 01 25Stratemann p.332....added 2011
1952 01 31
Thursday
.activity not documented.

February 1952

1952 02 01
Friday
1952 02 07Detroit, Mich.Paradise Theatre(Doubtful)
Stage show


This engagement conflicts with a reported 3 concerts at Keesler AFB in Mississipi - see 1952 02 05

Stratemann's source was page 44 of the Nov. 21 1951 edition of Variety, which says only "Paradise Theatre, Detroit, is plugging band shows and has Lionel Hampton for Dec. 28 week and Duke Ellington Feb. 1." It seems unlikely the engagement took place, in that the band is confirmed to have been in the South on Tuesday Feb 5.
.....added 2011

updated 2013-03-23
1952 02 02
Saturday
.Detroit, Mich.Paradise TheatreStage show - doubtful - see 1952 02 01.....2011
1952 02 03
Sunday
.Detroit, Mich.Paradise TheatreStage show - doubtful - see 1952 02 01.....2011
1952 02 04
Monday
.Detroit, Mich.Paradise TheatreStage show - doubtful - see 1952 02 01.....2011
1952 02 05
Tuesday
2pm, 7pm, 9pm
.Biloxi, Miss.Theater Two
Keesler Air Force Base
Three concerts
1. "Duke Ellington, famed maestro and composer, will bring his orchestra to Keesler Air Force Base Tuesday for their initial appearance there. Three performances are scheduled..."

2. "The Duke Ellington aggregation made its first appearance at Keesler before large and enthusiastic audiences. The three scheduled performances took place in Theater Two..."

3. "Twenty-six members of the VA Center made a trip to Keesler AFB Tuesday afternoon to hear Duke Ellington's Orchestra. Mrs. C.J.Nichols, Red Cross Gray Lady, made the trip with the men."

4. "Two of the top bands of the musical world played at Keesler Field recently and the Gulf Park girls were among the first to arrive for the performance. "His Basin Street Blues was marvelous" "Oh, no, Sophisticated Lady was best!" These comments were among those made by the girls after hearing Duke Ellington on February 5. About eighty-five girls attended the program and enjoyed every minute of the jazz and blues. On February 10..."


  • 1. "Duke Ellington at Keesler Tonight,"
    Daily Herald, Biloxi, Miss., Tues. afternoon 1952-02-05, p.1

  • 2. "Ellington Features Five Top Musicians In Keesler Program"
    Daily Herald, Biloxi, Miss. 1952-02-06, p.4

  • 3. "Hear Duke Ellington" Daily Herald, Biloxi, Miss. 1952-02-06, p.10

  • 4. "Trips To Keesler"
    Gulf Park College Tammy Howl, 1952-04, p.14
...djp
added 2013-03-23
1952 02 05
Tuesday
.Detroit, Mich.Paradise TheatreStage show - doubtful - see 1952 02 01.....2011
1952 02 06
Wednesday
.Detroit, Mich.Paradise TheatreStage show - doubtful - see 1952 02 01.....2011
1952 02 07
Thursday
.Detroit, Mich.Paradise TheatreStage show - doubtful - see 1952 02 01.....2011
1952 02 08
Friday
.activity not documented.
1952 02 09
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1952 02 10
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1952 02 11
Monday
.activity not documented.
1952 02 12
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1952 02 13
Wednesday
.San Antonio, Tex.Sevenoaks Club
1400 Austin Hwy.
"Ellington and his band played a one-night stand Wednesday night at the exclusive Sevenoaks Club here"

This event is incorrectly dated Feb. 14 in Stratemann and Vail II.
  • Ad, San Antonio Express, 1952-02-13, p.11
  • Stratemann p.331 (misdated)
  • Vail II (misdated)
  • UP wirestory "Bandleader Duke Ellington, Manager of Globetrotters Jailed in San Antonio," Lubbock, Tx., Evening Journal, 1952-02-14, p.3
....added 2011

updated 2013-03-23
1952 02 14
Thursday
3:15 am
.San Antonio, Tex.Silver Slipper ClubA UP wirestory datelined San Antonio Feb. 14 reported Ellington, Harry Carney (described as his manager) and W.S.Welch, manager of the Harlem Globetrotters, were among 15 people arrested for violating state drinking laws, after police broke in the back door of the club at 3:15 am.

Stratemann p.332 and Vail both report the arrests as taking place after the Sevenoaks club date, which they incorrectly place on Feb. 14.

In CORPUS CHRISTI’S GALVAN BALLROOM: MUSIC AND MULTICULTURALISM IN THE 1950s in South Texas Historical Association's Spring 2007 edition of the Journal of South Texas, author David Louzon discusses a dance played by Ellington on "Valentine's eve" 1952. He mentions Ellington's brush with the law "in the early morning of the 14th."
UP wirestory "Bandleader Duke Ellington, Manager of Globetrotters Jailed in San Antonio,"
  • Lubbock, Tx., Evening Journal, 1952-02-14, p.3
  • Mexia Daily News, 1952-02-14
....added 2011

updated 2013-03-18
1952 02 14
Thursday
.Corpus Christi, Tex. Galvan BallroomDance
Advertisements: *

In person!!! Duke Ellington and His World Famous Orchestra
Louzon: **
  • Ellington played to a 650 people, filling the house.
  • About 80% were white and the rest were Mexican-Americans.
  • The club owner recalled Ellington roomed in San Antonio because Corpus Christi lacked accommodations for blacks"


Weaver ***
  • Ralph Galvan Jr. booked the band for $1,500 through Music Corporation of America
  • Tickets were $3.00 each
  • The house was sold out, with many turned away.
  • The band arrived by bus
  • Duke used a baby grand
  • The Galvan brothers described the tune-up routine - one started, another joined on the same chord, then another. The bass would join in, then the drummer followed by the guitarist. When everyone was tuned, Ellington walked on, and the band segued into Take the A Train.
  • The band did not use sheet music.
  • Many fans stood and watched the band.
  • The band was professional, no drinking on the stand, and precise 15 minute breaks
  • Galvan Jr. and Sr. visited with Ellington during breaks, found him to be professional and friendly.
  • Duke and some band members posed for photos after.
  • The band left for San Antonio where they were to play the next night (unconfirmed, likely in error).
'
  • * Ads
    • Corpus Christi Times,1952-02-07, p.5B
    • Corpus Christi Caller-Times
      • 1952-01-27 p.8B
      • 1952-02-03, b.14C
      • 1952-02-13 p.7B

  • **David Louzon, Corpus Christi’s Galvan Ballroom: Music and Multiculturalism in the 1950s, Journal of South Texas, Spring 2007
  • ***Jan Weaver, “The Day Duke Ellington Came to Town,” South Texas Informer & Business Journal, August 1999
...djp
added 2013-03-23
1952 02 15
Friday
.activity not documented.
1952 02 16
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1952 02 17
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1952 02 18
Monday
.activity not documented.
1952 02 19
Tuesday
.activity not documented.
1952 02 20.El Paso, Tex.Palladium......2011
1952 02 21.Oakland, Cal........2011
1952 02 22.San Diego, Cal.Trianon......2011
1952 02 23
Saturday
8:30 pm
.Pomona, Cal.Bridges Auditorium
Claremont College
Concert to benefit Claremont's Men's College student union building fund

A gossip column confirms the concert was performed by naming people who attended.
  • Stratemann p.332
  • Covina Argus-Citizen
    • 1952-02-15
    • 1952-02-29, p.13
...djpadded 2011

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1952 02 24
Sunday
1952 02 25San Diego, Cal.Naval Operating Base....CAH photo
Undated photo, Rocky Mountain Evening Telegram, Rocky Mountain N.C., 1952-03-19
djpadded 2011

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1952 02 25
Monday
1952 02 25San Diego, Cal.Naval Operating Basesee 1952 02 24.....2011
1952 02 26
Tuesday
.Merced, Cal........2011
1952 02 27
Wednesday
afternoon
.San Francisco, Cal.Standard Oil Broadcast.....added 2011

updated 2013-03-18
1952 02 27
Wednesday
.San Francisco, Cal.War Memorial Opera HouseEvening concert.....added 2011

updated 2013-03-18
1952 02 28
Thursday
.Fresno, Cal.Rainbow Ballroom...03,2-22
03,1-15
00,4-13
00,3-11
TDES 2/05-2.2011
1952 02 29
Friday
.Fresno, Cal. Rainbow BallroomSkin Deep recording.DE904411,1-18
07,3-40
04,3-51
04,2-30+50
03,3-20
00,3-11
TDES 2/05-2.2011

March 1952

1952 03 --.U.S.A..Dance Date.DE520411,2-12
00,4-13
00,3-8+25
corrTimner-4/34.2011
1952 03 01
Saturday
.Sacramento, Cal.Auditorium......2011
1952 03 02
Sunday
2:30 pm
.Berkeley, Cal.Berkeley Community Theater
Berkeley High School Campus
The New and Exciting Orchestra of Duke Ellington
Special Matinee Concert

"Duke Ellington will introduce new compositions of Louis Bellson, his new drummer, in his matinee concert at Berkeley Community Theater"
Oakland Tribune
  • Ads
    • 1952-02-17, p. 2-B
    • 1952-03-02 p.2-B
  • Announcements
    • 1952-02-24, p.C3
    • 1952-02-28, p.D49
  • Review, 1952-03-03, p.31D
  • Stratemann p.332
....added 2011

updated 2013-03-23
1952 03 02.Berkeley, Cal.Richmond Auditorium......2011
1952 03 03
Monday
.Oakland, Cal.Sweet's Ballroom......2011
1952 03 04
Tuesday
.Portland, Ore.Auditorium......2011
1952 03 05
Wednesday
.activity not documented.
1952 03 06
Thursday
.Bakersfield, Cal........2011
1952 03 07
Friday
1952 03 20Los Angeles, Cal.Club Oasis......2011
1952 03 08
Saturday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Club Oasissee 1952 03 07.....2011
1952 03 09
Sunday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Club Oasissee 1952 03 07

The Ellington and Stan Kenton bands were double booked at the Club Oasis and the club owners decided to hold a battle of the bands on March 9. Ellington declined; the double booking was resolved by having Kenton band play in the afternoon and Ellington in the evening.
..03,1DEMS9.djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-19
1952 03 10
Monday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Club Oasissee 1952 03 07.....2011
1952 03 11
Tuesday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Club Oasissee 1952 03 07.....2011
1952 03 12
Wednesday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Club Oasissee 1952 03 07.....2011
1952 03 13
Thursday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Club Oasissee 1952 03 07.....2011
1952 03 14
Friday
12:30–7:30 pm
.Balboa Beach (Stratemann) or Hollywood (New Desor), Cal.Contracted as California Studios for Snader Telescriptions Corp., possibly General Service StudiosSnader Telescription recording session
The telescriptons were short films for television, approximately three and a half minutes each

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
Cook, Anderson, Terry, Nance, Woodman, Jackson, Tizol, Hamilton, Procope, Smith, Gonsalves, Carney, Ellington, Marshall, Bellson, Grissom

Seven films were recorded:
  • Caravan
  • V.I.P Boogie (with Jam With Sam)
  • Sophisticated Lady
  • Mood Indigo
  • The Hawk Talks
  • The Mooche
  • Solitude


The engagement paid Ellington $1,000 and his sidemen received scale.
Stratemann pp.333-344 (with photos)DE5203Timner corrections –4/22+30+34djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-19
1952 03 14
Friday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Club Oasissee 1952 03 07.....2011
1952 03 15
Saturday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Club Oasissee 1952 03 07.....2011
1952 03 16
Sunday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Club Oasissee 1952 03 07.....2011
1952 03 17
Monday
.Long Beach, Cal.Municipal AuditoriumConcert

"The Duke will bring his orchestra, featuring Louis Bellson on drums, Juan Tizol, trombone and Harry Carney, baritone sax."

Long Beach Press-Telegram reviewer George Weeks described the audience as scant and the performance as smooth, rather than exciting.
  • Stratemann, p.332
  • Announcment and ad, Long Beach Press-Telegram, 1952-03-12 p.B-7
  • Announcment, Long Beach Independent, 1952-03-16, p.35-A
  • Review, Long Beach Press-Telegram 1952-03-18 p.B-5
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-19
1952 03 17
Monday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Club Oasis
see 1952 03 07

Given the concert in Long Beach, this was likely a scheduled day off from the Club Oasis
.....2011
1952 03 18
Tuesday
8:30 pm
.San Bernardino, Cal.California TheatreConcert

Duke Ellington and his famous orchestra will be presented tonight in the California Theatre, San Bernardino, as a King-Wiggett attraction.

Prices: $3.63, $3.03, $2.42, $1.82 and $1.21 including taxes.
  • Stratemann p.332
  • Redlands Daily Facts, Redlands, Cal.
    • Announcements
      • 1952 03 07 p.3
      • 1952-03-18, p.3
    • Ads
      • 1952-03-14 p.4
      • 1952-03-17, p.4
...djpadded 2011

updated 2013-03-23
1952 03 18
Tuesday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Club Oasis

See 1952 03 07 - doubtful - conflicts with California Theatre concert at 8:30 pm.
.....2011
1952 03 19.Pismo Beach, Cal.Rose Gardens Ballroom.Stratemann p.332.....2011
1952 03 19
Wednesday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Club Oasis 03 07

See 1952 03 07 - doubtful - conflicts with Rose Gardens engagement
.....2011
1952 03 20
Thursday
.Los Angeles, Cal.Club Oasissee 1952 03 07
After this engagement, the band began a two and a half month tour of the northwestern states and southern British Columbia.

DEMS says there were 18 consecutive one-night stands up to the arrival in Trail, B.C., a week in Vancouver, and then 35 more one-nighters, ending in Chicago on June 10.

Stratemann notes Betty Roché was on this tour.
..04,2-20Stratemann p.345.added 2011

updated 2013-03-19
1952 03 21
Friday
.Eureka, Cal.Ivan Hickman's Sportsman's ClubEllington and the band stopped "for a bite" on its way to Coquille. Since Eureka is a coastal town this suggests the band travelled up the coast instead of inland."Mr. Gadabout" column, Humboldt Standard, Eugene, Ore., 1952-03-22...djp
added 2013-03-23
1952 03 21
Friday
.Coquille, Ore.Community Building.Stratemann, p.345....added 2011

updated 2013-03-19
1952 03 22
Saturday
.Salem, Ore.Crystal Garden

(Crystal Inn in New Desor and Stratemann.)
Dance
This dance was recorded and appears on the CD DUKE ELLINGTON CRYSTAL GARDEN SALEM

The titles are shown in http://ellingtonia.com
Stratemann, p.345DE5205Venue name per Homzy -Palmquist 2013-03-19added 2011

updated 2013-03-20
1952 03 23
Sunday
.activity not documented.
1952 03 24
Monday
.Portland, Ore.Civic AuditoriumA derogatory review in Down Beat by critic Ted Hallock created controversy, with many letters written to the magazine in Ellington's defence.Stratemann, p.345, citing Down Beat 1952-05-21 and 1952-06-18....added 2011

updated 2013-03-20
1952 03 25
Tuesday
.Seattle, Wash.Civic AuditoriumConcert
The concert was recorded - see the discography at http://ellingtonia.com
Stratemann, p.345DE520611,2-12
07,3-39
99,5-26
99,3-21
98,2-11
83,4-1
..added 2011

updated 2013-03-20
1952 03 26
Wednesday
.Seattle, Wash.Trianon Ballroom.Stratemann, p.345....2011
1952 03 --.Seattle, Wash.Seattle StudiosPrivate recording session
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
Cook, Anderson, Terry, Nance, Woodman, Jackson, Tizol, Hamilton, Procope, Smith, Gonsalves, Carney, Ellington, Marshall, Bellson, Roché

One title recorded:
I Love My Lovin' Lover (vocal Roché)
Stratemann p.DE5207..2011
1952 03 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Willie Smith left the band shortly after the Seattle engagement, to join Billy May's new band in Los Angeles. Peter Kilbert replaced him temporarily.
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-25
1952 03 27
Thursday
.The Dalles, Ore...Stratemann, p.345....2011
1952 03 28
Friday
.Tacoma, Wash.Century Ballroom.Stratemann, p.345....2011
1952 03 29
Saturday
.activity not documented.
1952 03 30
Sunday
.The Dalles, Ore..Stratemann, p.345Stratemann, p.345....2011
1952 03 31
Monday
.Walla Walla, Wash.Walla Walla Ntional Guard ArmoryDuke Ellington Day dance and concert
This was the final event of Walla Walla's Swing into Spring celebration.
Stratemann, p.345....added 2011

updated 2013-03-20

April 1952

1952 04 01
Tuesday
...PERSONNEL CHANGE
Hilton Jefferson, alto sax, joins the band
New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
1952 04 01
Tuesday
.Spokane, Wash.161st Infantry ArmoryDance for a capacity crowd.

Acoustics were bad - a reviewer quotes an Ellingtonia lover as saying "Hearing the Duke's music in here is like drinking champagne out of a tin cup."
  • Stratemann, p.345
  • Spokane Daily Chronicle, 1951-04-02
  • The Spokesman Review, 1951-04-02
....added 2011

updated 2013-04-02
1952 04 02
Wednesday
.Spokane, Wash.Spokane HotelDaily Chronicle reporter Bob Emahiser interviewed Ellington in his hotel room before noon. The topic of conversation appears to be travel. The report mentions a trip coming up from the coast to Missoula and back, quoting Duke as saying "It requires a bit of backtracking, but it happens every season." It should be noted the tour did some backtracking over the next few days, but not as described. Spokane Daily Chronicle, 1951-04-02...djpadded 2013-04-02
1952 04 02
Wednesday
.Kalispell, Mont..There is no mention of this appearance in the Kalispell Inter Lake from March 256 to April 4, although the April 4 edition announces the Missoula concert/dance.Stratemann, p.345....added 2011

updated 2013-04-06
1952 04 03
Thursday
.Spokane, Wash.Elk's Club or Elk's TempleDance

While it seems odd the band would trek from Spokane to Kalispell and then backtrack, the second visit to Spokane is confirmed in Spokane newspaper reports from 1952-04-02.
Stratemann, p.345....added 2011

updated 2013-04-02
1952 04 04
Friday
.Missoula, Mont.Student Union Building
Montana State University
Concert and dance

(a Miss Mary Jane Kurth attended)
  • Daily Inter Lake, Kalispell, Mont.
    Announcement 1952-04-04 p.3
    Society note 1952-04-11, p.7
  • Stratemann, p.345
  • ...djpadded 2011

    updated 2013-03-19
    1952 04 05
    Saturday
    .Bozeman, Mont.Montana State Co.Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 04 06
    Sunday
    .HavreElk's Ballroom.Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 04 07
    Monday
    .Williston N.DStateline.Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 04 08
    Tuesday
    8:15 pm
    .Billings, Mont. Shrine AuditoriumConcert and dance attended by approximately 2,500

    The ads are interesting. On Apr. 3, there were two ticket prices, $1.80 and $1.50 but on Apr. 6 there were three $2.40, $1.80 and $1.50, with the first two crossed out, suggesting the higher priced seats were sold out, but the ad says "more than 1,000 good reserved seats still available. The Apr. 6 ad also offered tickets for the dance only at $1.20. An ad by Lindamood Music Co. on Mar.30 announced Duke would be featured on a Baldwin Concert Grand Piano.

    The March 16 plug said the concert was the first appearance by Ellington in Billings, the dance would follow the concert immediately, and the event was sponsored by the uniformed bodies of Al Bedoo Shrine Temple.
    The Billings Gazette:
    • Plug 1952-03-16, p.8
    • Ad, 1952-03-23, p.14
    • Ad, 1952-03-30, p.8
    • Ad, 1952-04-03,p9
    • Ad 1952-04-06 p.21
    • Plug 1952-04-06 p.19
    • News article, 1952-04-09, p.6
    ...djp
    added 2013-03-22
    1952 04 09
    Wednesday
    .Mountain Home Air Force Base..Stratemann, p.345.04,2-20..2011
    1952 04 10
    Thursday
    .Trail, B.C.Cominco Arena"dance-cum-concert"..04,2-20..2011
    1952 04 11
    Friday
    1952 04 19Vancouver, B.C.Palomar Club
    Burrard and Alberni St.
    Night club date

    Members of the band stayed in the Devonshire Hotel, and Ellington stayed in the Hotel Georgia next door. Both hotels were first rate, and they were about 2 blocks east of the club, facing the Vancouver courthouse.
    Stratemann p.345.04,2-20.djpadded 2011

    updated 2013-03-20
    .Vancouver, B.C.Palomar Supper ClubClub date - see 1952 04 11Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 04 12
    Saturday
    .Vancouver, B.C.Palomar Supper ClubClub date - see 1952 04 11.....2011
    1952 04 13
    Sunday
    .Vancouver, B.C.Palomar Supper ClubClub date - see 1952 04 11.....2011
    1952 04 14
    Monday
    .Vancouver, B.C.Palomar Supper ClubClub date - see 1952 04 11.....2011
    1952 04 15
    Tuesday
    .Vancouver, B.C.Palomar Supper ClubClub date - see 1952 04 11.....2011
    1952 04 16
    Wednesday
    .Vancouver, B.C.Palomar Supper ClubClub date - see 1952 04 11.....2011
    1952 04 17
    Thursday
    .Vancouver, B.C.Palomar Supper ClubClub date - see 1952 04 11.....2011
    1952 04 18
    Friday
    .Vancouver, B.C.Palomar Supper ClubClub date - see 1952 04 11.....2011
    1952 04 19
    Saturday
    .Vancouver, B.C.Palomar Supper ClubClub date - see 1952 04 11.....2011
    1952 04 20
    Sunday
    .Tacoma, Wash.Ft Lewis.Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 04 21
    Monday
    .Portland, Ore.McElroy's.Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 04 22
    Tuesday
    .San Francisco, Cal...Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 04 23
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 04 24
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 04 25
    Friday
    .Bellingham, Wash.Armory.Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 04 26
    Saturday
    .Everett, Wash.Armory.Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 04 27
    Sunday
    .Longview, Wash.Auditorium.Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 04 28
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 04 29
    Tuesday
    .Yakima, Wash.Armory.Stratemann, p.345DE520809,3-13
    07,3-39
    05,1-14
    00,1-8
    98,3-23
    84,3-10
    84,2-4
    84,1-3
    corrTimner-4/22+30+34+35
    ..2011
    1952 04 30
    Wednesday
    .Victoria, B.C.Memorial.Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 spring.U.S.A..Broadcast.DE5209...2011

    May 1952

    1952 05 01
    Thursday
    ...Date of contract between Triple Ell Corporation, Duke Ellington Inc. and Associated Booking Corporation to provide 15 musicians "under the leadership of Duke Ellington, Inc., presents Duke Ellington" for three 5-day weeks, not to exceed 32 hours per week at the Blue Note Cafe beginning July 25, 1952, for $5,000/week.

    This contract specifies the weekly fee is $5,000, less 10% to Associated Booking Corp.

    The contract says "It is specifically understood and agreed that unless otherwise specified herein, no part of the performance of the Orchestra shall be broadcast or reproduced by radio or other means."
    Contract, Stratemann files, courtesy Monika Stratemann....added 2012-11-03
    1952 05 01
    Thursday
    .Boise, Ida.Miramar.Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 05 02
    Friday
    .Salt Lake City, UtahRainbow.Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 05 03
    Saturday
    .Boulder, Col.Univ Colorado.Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 05 04
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 05 05
    Monday
    .Boise, Ida. Birdland.Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 05 06
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 05 07
    Wednesday
    .Sidney, Nebr.Auditorium.Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 05 08
    Thursday
    1952 05 09Manitou Springs, Col.Hiawatha Gardens.Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 05 09
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 05 10
    Saturday
    .Cheyenne, Wy.Frontier.Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 05 11
    Sunday
    .Cheyenne, Wy.Warren Air Force Base.Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 05 12
    Monday
    .Denver, Col.Rainbow Ballroom.Stratemann, p.345....2011
    1952 05 13
    Tuesday
    .Kearney, Neb.Nebraska State Teachers College
    later known as Kearney State College and in 1991, University of Nebraska at Kearney
    Stratemann names the venue without sources, and does not say if it was a concert or a dance. This may be the same gig shown by Vail or it may conflict with the one shown by Vail.Stratemann, p.345....added 2011

    updated 2013-03-21
    1952 05 13
    Tuesday
    .Kearney, Neb.1733 Ballroom
    Hwy 30
    Prom for the University of Nebraska
    This entry is Vail II, with no source shown.
    Vail II (unsourced)....added 2013-03-21
    1952 05 14
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 05 15
    Thursday
    7:30 pm - concert
    9:00 pm - dance
    1952 05 17
    Saturday
    Ames, Ia.-Concert:
    Clyde Williams Field

    Dance:
    Memorial Union building

    Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
    ("Iowa State College")

    Open air concert and the first of three dances performed for the college's annual "Vaishea" weekend.

    Governor William Beardsley and film maker Cecil B. deMille presided over the opening ceremonies, followed by horse shows at 2:30 and 7:30.

    Program details, courtesy Iowa State University archives:
    • May 15:
      •  -7:30 concert at Clyde Williams Field
         -9:00 dance at Memorial Union
      • May 16: 9:00 dance at Memorial Union
      • May 17:8:30 dance at Memorial Union

    • The program pages for Ellington include a photo of him, and one of a dance in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.

    • Concert:
      The Duke himself – the man with the warm smile and the warm music. This year’s concert Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Clyde Williams Field will feature Duke Ellington and his orchestra.

      The program will be composed of a group of yesterday and today’s classes [sic]. Ellington is well known for his compositions­“Mood Indigo,” “In my Solitude,” and “Caravan.” These and many others in the famed Duke’s repertoire will be on the program.

      Following the concert, the silvery flames and the bright smoke of the annual fireworks display will fill the sky...a fitting close to one of the best VEISHEA concerts in recent years.

    • Dances
      "The combined ballrooms of the Memorial Union will again ring with the music of a good orchestra and reflect the images of dancing couples as Duke Ellington plays for the Veishea dances of 1952.

      A specializer in everything from the smoothest dancing rhythm to the hottest jump tune, Ellington is one of the best known of the modern orchestra leaders.

      The dramatic backdrop will portray a gold, three-dimensional Veishea torch against a black background.

      The dances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings of Veishea. The Veishea Queen of Queens will be presented during intermission. Saturday night, the trophies for Veishea open house and the parade winners will also be awarded.
    • Cedar Rapids Gazette, 1952-05-14, p.12
    • Stratemann p.346
    • Vail II
    ...email to Palmquist 2013-03-26 from Becky S. Jordan, Reference Specialist, Special Collections/University Archives, Iowa State University
    djp
    added 2011

    updated 2013-03-21
    1952 05 16
    Friday
    9 pm
    .Ames, Ia.Memorial Union building
    "Iowa State College"
    Vaishea dance - see 1952 05 05....djpadded 2011
    1952 05 17
    Saturday
    8:30 pm
    .Ames, Ia.Memorial Union building
    "Iowa State College"
    Vaishea dance - see 1952 05 05....djpadded 2011
    1952 05 18
    Sunday
    . Fairmont, Minn.Interlaken Ballroom
    Stratemann p.346 ...djp
    added 2013-03-21
    1952 05 19
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 05 20
    Tuesday
    .Fargo, N.D.Bentson-Bunker Field House
    North Dakota Agricultural College
    Junior-Senior Prom
    Stratemann didn't identify the campus; NDSU confirms it was the Fargo campus.
    • Stratemann p.346
    • NDSU archives, email T. Raezer to Palmquist 2013-03-25, citing an ad in The Spectrum, 1952-05-09
    ...djp
    added 2013-03-21
    1952 05 21
    Wednesday
    .Montevideo, Minn.Gladys' Ballroom.Stratemann p.346....2011
    1952 05 22
    Thursday
    .Breckenridge, Minn.Legion Pavilion Ballroom.Stratemann p.346....2011
    1952 05 23
    Friday
    .Duluth, Minn.ArmoryUniversity of Minnesota promStratemann p.346.....2011
    1952 05 24
    Saturday
    .Sauk City, Wisc.Riverview Ballroom.
    • Wisconsin State Journal
      • Announcement 1952-02-28 p.5
      • Ads
        • 1952-05-16 S.2 p.3
        • 1952-05-18 s.2 p.5
        • 1952-05-24 s,1 p.5
    • Madison Capital Times, ad, 1952-05-15 p.4
    • Stratemann p.346
    ....added 2011

    updated 2013-03-19
    1952 05 25
    Sunday
    .Kaukuna, Wisc.Nightingale Ballroom.Stratemann p.346....2011
    1952 05 26
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 05 27
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 05 28
    Wednesday
    .Milwaukee, Wisc.Milwaukee AuditoriumThe Biggest May Ball and Music Battle of the 20th Century!

    Five - bands - Five

    ...Jazz music versus Old-Time music

    A 5 hour continous bombardment of polkas, schottisches, laendlers, two steps and plenty of jazz.

    ...5 bands
    • Duke Ellington the Jazz King
    • Frank Yankovic, Nation's Polka King
    • Bernie Roberts
    • Romy Gosz, trumpet
    • Sammy Madden Milwaukee's No.1


    Promoted as Pop versus Bop, Ellington lost the battle of bands to the Yankovic polka band.
    ....added 2011

    updated 2013-03-24
    1952 05 29
    Thursday
    .Glencoe, Ill.Lake Shore Country Club.Stratemann p.346....2011
    1952 05 30
    Friday
    .Ft. Wayne, Ind.Terrace Ballroom.Stratemann p.346....2011
    1952 05 31
    Saturday
    .Cincinnati, Oh.Castle Farms
    Summit & Reading Rds.
    Dance

    Admission $1.50 tax included
    • Stratemann p.346
    • Ads, The Hamilton Journal The Daily News, Hamilton, Oh.
      • 1952-05-23 p.22
      • 1952-05-30 p.14
    ....added 2011

    updated 2013-03-23

    June 1952

    1952 06 01
    Sunday
    .Cincinnati, Oh.Cotton Club......2011
    1952 06 02
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 03
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 04
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 05
    Thursday
    .LexingtonJoyland Park......2011
    1952 06 06
    Friday
    .Evansville, Ind........2011
    1952 06 07
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 08
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 09
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 10
    Tuesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Sheraton Hotel...04,2-20..2011
    1952 06 11
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 12
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 13
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 14
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 15
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 16
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 17
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 18
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 19
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 20
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 21
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 22
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 23
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 24
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 25
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 26
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 27
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 28
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 06 29
    Sunday
    .New London, Conn.Ocean Beach......2011
    1952 06 30
    Monday
    .New York, N.Y.Columbia Studio..DE521007,3-39
    04,3-51
    03,3-20
    03,2-22
    00,2-20
    00,1-25
    98,2-12
    91,1-6
    90,4-4
    85,3-6
    82,5-3
    corrTimner-4/23.2011

    July 1952

    1952 07 01
    Tuesday
    .New York, N.Y.Columbia Studio..DE5211 07,3-39+40
    04,3-51
    03,2-22
    02,2-27
    corrTimner-4/23.2011
    1952 07 02
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 07 03
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 07 04
    Friday
    1952 07 10New York, N.Y.Apollo Theater
    253 W. 125th St., Borough of Manhattan, Harlem district
    70-minute stage show
    Supporting acts:
    • tappers Roll & Tap
    • comedienne 'Moms' Mabley
    • acrobatic dancers Estelle and Alphonse
    • comedian Pigmeat Markham
    • Stratemann, p.346, citing Variety 1952-07-09 p.48
    • Pigmeat, Moms In Apollo Debut, New York Age, 1952-07-05, p.21
    .
    ....added 2011

    updated 2013-04-06
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterStage show - see 1952 07 04.....2011
    1952 07 05
    Saturday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterStage show - see 1952 07 04.....2011
    1952 07 06
    Sunday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterStage show - see 1952 07 04.....2011
    1952 07 07
    Monday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterStage show - see 1952 07 04.....2011
    1952 07 08
    Tuesday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterStage show - see 1952 07 04.....2011
    1952 07 09
    Wednesday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterStage show - see 1952 07 04.....2011
    1952 07 10
    Thursday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterStage show - see 1952 07 04.....2011
    1952 07 11
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 07 12
    Saturday
    .Revere Beach, Mass.Roll Away (aka Rollerdrome)Ellington orchestra "pitted against" the Stan Kenton orchestraStratemann p.346, citing Billboard 1952-07-19 p.20.03,2-9
    03,1-9
    ..added 2011

    updated 2013-04-06
    1952 07 13
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 07 14
    Monday
    .Moncton, N.B.High School......2011
    1952 07 14
    Monday
    .Moncton, N.B.Memorial Hall......2011
    1952 07 15
    Tuesday
    .St John, N.B.Forum......2011
    1952 07 16
    Wednesday
    .Halifax, N.S.ForumRCAF Station Greenwood dance....CAHclip 2011
    1952 07 17
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 07 18
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 07 19
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 07 20
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 07 21
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 07 22
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 07 23
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 07 24
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 07 25
    Friday
    .Chicago, Ill.Universal Studios..DE521201,1-28
    00,4-23
    00,1-25
    98,2-6
    corrTimner-4/23.2011
    1952 07 25
    Friday
    1952 08 14Chicago, Ill.Blue Note Cafe
    56 W. Madison St.
    Club date - see the booking details in the entry for 1952 05 01
    • Stratemann, p.346 citing
      • Billboard 1952-06-17 p.20
      • Down Beat 1952-06-18
    • Bluenote contract - see 1952 05 01 above
    ....added 2011

    updated 2013-04-06
    1952 07 26
    Saturday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25....2011
    1952 07 27
    Sunday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25....2011
    1952 07 28
    Monday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25....2011
    1952 07 29
    Tuesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25....2011
    1952 07 30
    Wednesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25
    DE5213..added 2011

    updated 2013-04-06
    1952 07 31
    Thursday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25....2011
    1952 07 30.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note Cafe
    56 W. Madison St.
    ..

    August 1952

    1952 08 01
    Friday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25..corrTimner-4/30.2011
    1952 08 02
    Saturday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25DE5214...2011
    1952 08 03
    Sunday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25....2011
    1952 08 04
    Monday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25....2011
    1952 08 05
    Tuesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25....2011
    1952 08 06
    Wednesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25DE5215..2011
    1952 08 07
    Thursday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25....2011
    1952 08 08
    Friday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25....2011
    1952 08 09
    Saturday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25....2011
    1952 08 10
    Sunday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25....2011
    1952 08 10...See 30jun52..11,1-18
    91,1-6
    90,4-4
    ..2011
    1952 08 11
    Monday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25....2011
    1952 08 12
    Tuesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25....2011
    1952 08 13
    Wednesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25DE5216..2011
    1952 08 14
    Thursday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1952 07 25....2011
    1952 08 15
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 08 16
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 08 17
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 08 18
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 08 19
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 08 20
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 08 21
    Thursday
    .Bala, Man.Dunn's Pavilion......2011
    1952 08 22
    Friday
    .Port StanleyStork Club......2011
    1952 08 23
    Saturday
    .Dundas, Ont. Arena......2011
    1952 08 24
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 08 25
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 08 26
    Tuesday
    .Sheboygan, Wisc........2011
    1952 08 27
    Wednesday
    .Sault Ste Marie, Mich........2011
    1952 08 28
    Thursday
    1952 09 03Toronto, Ont.Casino TheatreStage show
    Five shows a day

    Other acts: Howell & Bowser, Roll & Tap. Dance music by Archie Stone's house orchestra.(1)

    Don Brown writes:

    "I remember chatting with Wendell Marshall in August of 1952 when Duke's band played the Casino Theatre here in Toronto. I happened to mention that I'd read somewhere that he was Jimmie Blanton's cousin. He confirmed that he was and that it was Blanton's bass he was playing. Someone in Blanton's immediate family, I think it was his mother, gave Marshall the instrument when he became a professional bass player.

    "The Casino Theatre featured live shows and movies. The live show was the main attraction and the films were mostly second-rate B pictures. The live policy varied at the whim of the owners. The theatre's staple had long been burlesque: strippers with pretty bad comics. But every once in a while the management would drop the strippers and hire singers and/or bands. They had everyone from Frankie Laine to Johnny Ray, Eartha Kitt, and Art Tatum. I remember seeing Woody Herman, Tommy Dorsey, Ellington, Louis, and Pearl Bailey (backed by Louie Bellson). The bands and singers would be part of a stage show with jugglers, comics, impersonators, tap dancers and, yes, even dancing dogs.

    "As a twenty-year old at the time, and an annoying jazz purist, I was appalled by the idea of these great musicians having to share the stage with vaudeville performers. Little did I know that this was the norm for them back in the States. And thinking back, some of those performers were really good. I saw Peg Leg Bates, the one-legged tap dancer, several times, including once with Ellington. Needless to say Duke backed Bates' routine with I'm Tapping Seventh Avenue With the Sole of My Shoe."(2)
    • (1) Stratemann
      p.346, citing Variety 1952 09 03,p.16
    • (2) Don Brown, Duke-LYM emails, 2012-10-26
    ...Don Brown in LYMadded 2011

    updated 2012-10-27
    1952 08 29
    Friday
    .Toronto, Ont.Casino TheatreTheatre appearance - see 1952 08 28......added 2011
    updated 2012-10-27
    1952 08 30
    Saturday
    .Toronto, Ont.Casino TheatreTheatre appearance - see 1952 08 28......added 2011
    updated 2012-10-27
    1952 08 31
    Sunday
    .Toronto, Ont.Casino TheatreTheatre appearance - see 1952 08 28......added 2011
    updated 2012-10-27

    September 1952

    1952 09 01
    Monday
    .Toronto, Ont.Casino TheatreTheatre appearance - see 1952 08 28......added 2011
    updated 2012-10-27
    1952 09 02
    Tuesday
    .Toronto, Ont.Casino TheatreTheatre appearance - see 1952 08 28......added 2011
    updated 2012-10-27
    1952 09 03
    Wednesday
    ...Date of contract between Triple Ell Corporation, Duke Ellington Inc. and Associated Booking Corporation to provide 15 musicians "under the leadership of Duke Ellington, Inc., presents Duke Ellington" for two 5-day weeks, not to exceed 32 hours per week at the Blue Note Cafe beginning December 19, 1952, for $5,000/week.

    This contract says the contract price is to cover a six-day week in the event the AFM rescinds the five-day week.

    This contract again says the weekly fee is $5,000, less 10% to Associated Booking Corp.

    The contract says "It is specifically understood and agreed that unless otherwise specified herein, no part of the performance of the Orchestra shall be broadcast or reproduced by radio or other means."
    Contract, Stratemann files, courtesy Monika Stratemann....added 2012-11-03
    1952 09 03
    Wednesday
    .Toronto, Ont.Casino TheatreTheatre appearance - see 1952 08 28......added 2011
    updated 2012-10-27
    1952 09 04
    Thursday
    1952 09 10Montréal, P.Q.Seville TheatreDuke Ellington and his World Famous Orchestra and Revue
    Also on the bill:
    • Film "Roaring City
    • Howell and Bowser
    • Roll and Tapp
    • Chester Calhoun
    • Stratemann p.346
    • Ads (barely legible): Montreal Gazette
      • 1952-09-03
      • 1952-09-05
      • 1952-09-06
      • 1952-09-08
      • 1952-09-09
    .
    ...djpadded 2011

    updated 2013-04-06
    1952 09 05
    Friday
    .Montréal, P.Q.Seville TheatreStage show - see 1952 09 04.....added 2011
    1952 09 06
    Saturday
    .Montréal, P.Q.Seville TheatreStage show - see 1952 09 04.....added 2011
    1952 09 07
    Sunday
    .Montréal, P.Q.Seville TheatreStage show - see 1952 09 04.....added 2011
    1952 09 08
    Monday
    .Montréal, P.Q.Seville TheatreStage show - see 1952 09 04.....added 2011
    1952 09 09
    Tuesday
    .Montréal, P.Q.Seville TheatreStage show - see 1952 09 04.....added 2011
    1952 09 10
    Wednesday
    .Montréal, P.Q.Seville TheatreStage show - see 1952 09 04.....added 2011
    1952 09 11
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 09 12
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 09 13
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 09 14
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 09 15
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 09 16
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 09 17
    Wednesday
    ..activities not documented

    (The Library of Congress has a digital cassette tape of a broadcast on NBC this date, time unknown, purporting to be live from Cleveland. Songs performed included Mood Indigo and Caravan. DEMS editor Sjef Hoefsmit expressed the view "The 17Sep52 broadcast cannot have been from Cleveland. According to the two titles mentioned, I suspect that this is the ABC "Change of a Lifetime" broadcast, documented in DESOR 5218 on 27Sep52, which also cannot have been live from Cleveland, where Duke played from 19 until 25Sep52")
    ..01,2-20..added 2011

    updated 2013-04-06
    1952 09 18
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 09 19
    Friday
    1952 09 25
    Thursday
    Cleveland, Oh.Towne Casino
    10613 Euclid Ave.
    Night club residency

    There was a broadcast from here during the week, with 4 titles recorded by Voice of America
    .DE521701,2-20..added 2011

    updated 2013-04-08
    1952 09 20
    Saturday
    .Cleveland, Oh.Towne CasinoNight club residency - see 1952 09 19.....2011
    1952 09 21
    Sunday
    .Cleveland, Oh.Towne CasinoNight club residency - see 1952 09 19.....2011
    1952 09 22
    Monday
    .Cleveland, Oh.Towne CasinoNight club residency - see 1952 09 19.....2011
    1952 09 23
    Tuesday
    7:45
    .Los Angeles, Cal..
    Ellington was to guest on Patti Page's Music Hall CBS television show on WHEN
    Syracuse Herald-Journal, Syracuse, N.Y., 1952-09-23 p.29...djp
    added 2013-04-06
    1952 09 23
    Tuesday
    .Cleveland, Oh.Towne CasinoNight club residency - see 1952 09 19.....2011
    1952 09 24
    Wednesday
    .Cleveland, Oh.Towne CasinoNight club residency - see 1952 09 19.....2011
    1952 09 25
    Thursday
    .Cleveland, Oh.Towne CasinoNight club residency - see 1952 09 19.....2011
    1952 09 26
    Friday
    1952 10 02Philadelphia, Penn.Earle TheaterStage show, Ellington's last appearance at this theatre, demolished in 1953.

    Appearing with Ellington and his orchestra were Moreland & Harris, comedians, Roll & Tap, dancers, local singer Marian Caruso.
    Stratemann, p.346 citing Variety 1952-10-01 p.25 and 1953-02-25 ,p.49.....added 2011

    updated 2013-06-23
    1952 09 27
    Saturday
    8:30 pm
    .New York, N.Y..ABC telecast
    "Chance of a Lifetime"

    According to Stratemann, Ellington, Marshall and a drummer, presumably Bellson, made a quick trip to New York to appear on this half-hour show, in which Ellington played Mood Indigo and a medley, joined by the show's house band led by Bernie Leighton. Stratemann does not say if they returned to Philadelphia that night or not. It's less than 100 miles.
    .DE521801,2-20.djpadded 2011

    updated 2013-06-23
    1952 09 27
    Saturday
    .PhiladelphiaEarle TheaterStage show - see 1952 09 30 - presumably Ellington, Marshall and Bellson played some of the sessions either before or after their trip to New York......2011
    1952 09 28
    Sunday
    .PhiladelphiaEarle TheaterStage show - see 1952 09 30.....2011
    1952 09 29
    Monday
    .PhiladelphiaEarle TheaterStage show - see 1952 09 30.....2011
    1952 09 30
    Tuesday
    .PhiladelphiaEarle TheaterStage show - see 1952 09 30.....2011
    1952 09 30
    Tuesday
    6:45
    .Los Angeles, Cal..Ellington was to guest on Patti Page's Music Hall CBS television show on KNXT and KPIX
    • Long Beach Press-Telegram, 1952-09-30 p.A-6
    • San Mateo Times, 1952-09-30, p.15
    ...djp
    added 2013-04-06

    October 1952

    1952 10 01
    Wednesday
    .PhiladelphiaEarle TheaterStage show - see 1952 09 30.....2011
    1952 10 02
    Thursday
    .PhiladelphiaEarle TheaterStage show - see 1952 09 30.....2011
    1952 10 03
    Friday
    1952 10 09Washington, D.C.Howard TheatreStage show.....2011
    1952 10 04
    Saturday
    .Washington, D.C.Howard Theatre......2011
    1952 10 05
    Sunday
    .Washington, D.C.Howard TheatreStage show - see 1952 10 03.....2011
    1952 10 06
    Monday
    .Washington, D.C.Howard TheatreStage show - see 1952 10 03.....2011
    1952 10 07
    Tuesday
    .Washington, D.C.Howard TheatreStage show - see 1952 10 03.....2011
    1952 10 08
    Wednesday
    .Washington, D.C.Howard TheatreStage show - see 1952 10 03.....2011
    1952 10 09
    Thursday
    ...
    The Long Beach Independent reported Ellington would appear on the Chance of a Lifetime television show.
    Long Beach Independent 1952-10-09, p.20....
    added 2013-06-26
    1952 10 09
    Thursday
    .Washington, D.C.Howard TheatreStage show - see 1952 10 03.....2011
    1952 10 10
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 10 11
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 10 12
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 10 13
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 10 14
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 10 15
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 10 16
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 10 17
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 10 18
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 10 19
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 10 20
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 10 21
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1952 10 22
    Wednesday
    1952 11 04New York, N.Y.Paramount TheaterStage show - Ellington and orchestra, Howell & Bates, film Springfield Rifle. Grossed $67,000 for the first week with Ellington; compared to the October weekly average of $64,000Billboard, 1952-11-08 p.16....added 2011

    updated 2013-03-30
    1952 10 23
    Thursday
    .New York, N.Y.Paramount TheaterStage show - see 1952 10 22.....added 2011
    1952 10 24
    Friday
    .New York, N.Y.Paramount TheaterStage show - see 1952 10 22.....added 2011
    1952 10 25.New York, N.Y..Television appearance on the "Steve Allen Show".....2011
    1952 10 25
    Saturday
    .New York, N.Y.Paramount TheaterStage show - see 1952 10 22.....added 2011
    1952 10 26
    Sunday
    .New York, N.Y.Paramount TheaterStage show - see 1952 10 22.....added 2011
    1952 10 27
    Monday
    .New York, N.Y.."Recording session" broadcast.....2011
    1952 10 27
    Monday
    .New York, N.Y.Paramount TheaterStage show - see 1952 10 22.....added 2011
    1952 10 28
    Tuesday
    .New York, N.Y.Paramount TheaterStage show - see 1952 10 22.....added 2011
    1952 10 29
    Wednesday
    .New York, N.Y.Paramount TheaterStage show - see 1952 10 22.....added 2011
    1952 10 30
    Thursday
    .New York, N.Y.Paramount TheaterStage show - see 1952 10 22.....added 2011
    1952 10 31
    Friday
    .New York, N.Y.Paramount TheaterStage show - see 1952 10 22.....added 2011

    November 1952

    1952 fall.BridgeportRitz Ballroom..DE521901,2-20..2011
    1952 11 01
    Saturday
    .New York, N.Y.Paramount TheaterStage show - see 1952 10 22.....added 2011
    1952 11 02
    Sunday
    .New York, N.Y.Paramount TheaterStage show - see 1952 10 22.....added 2011
    1952 11 03
    Monday
    .New York, N.Y.Paramount TheaterStage show - see 1952 10 22.....added 2011
    1952 11 04
    Tuesday
    .New York, N.Y.Paramount TheaterStage show - see 1952 10 22.....added 2011
    1952 11 05
    Wednesday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 11 06
    Thursday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 11 07
    Friday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 11 08
    Saturday
    1952 11 09Hartford, Conn.State Theatre......2011
    1952 11 08
    Saturday
    .New York, N.Y..Mercer recording session,.DE522007,3-40
    04,3-51
    03,1-15
    00,3-26
    corrTimner-4/22+23.2011
    1952 11 09
    Sunday
    .Hartford, Conn.State Theatre......2011
    1952 11 10
    Monday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 11 11
    Tuesday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 11 12
    Wednesday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 11 13
    Thursday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 11 14
    Friday
    8:15 and 11:45 PM
    .New York, N.Y.Carnegie HallPatricia Music presents A Concert to Celebrate The 25th Anniversary of Duke Ellington in Show Business featuring Duke Ellington and Orchestra, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and Strings, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and the Ahmad Jamal trio.
    2 performances...Tickets: $4.80 $3.60 $2.40 tax included
    The two concerts were co-sponsored by Birdland. Stratemann reports Gillespie , booked into the Apollo, sat in for one number. Variety reported the Ellington band was in top form but Holiday was called the most impressive performer of the night.

    Billboard reported the first concert nearly sold out and the second concert had the standing room only sign out early.

    One concert was broadcast nationally on NBC.

    See the summary of Billboard's report at 1952 11 27
    • Stratemann p.347 citing
      • Variety 1952-11-19 p.45
      • Billboard 1952-11-22 p.44
    • Ad, Amsterdam News, 1952-11-01, p.33
    • Concert poster, Carnegie Hall website
    DE522110,3-9
    10,2-7
    10,1-14
    09,3-13
    02,2-25
    92,2-1
    corrTimner-4/23+30.added 2011

    updated 2013-06-23
    1952 11 15
    Saturday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 11 16
    Sunday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 11 16
    Sunday
    .London, England.Peripheral event
    The Amsterdam, N.Y., Evening Recorder, 1952-11-17, p. 11, carried an AP wirestory datelined London, announcing 29 year old drummer Louis Bellson Jr., flew in from New York the previous day and would marry Pearl Bailey "tomorrow or the day after, despite his father's objections to the mixed match."

    The Cedar Rapids Gazzette 1952-11-16 and The Salina Journal 1952-11-16 carried an AP wirestory datelined New York about the father's opposition to the marriage, that he had phoned the son several times to ask him to call it off and saying he would have nothing to do with his son if he married Miss Bailey. He had even cabled Miss Bailey in London to ask her to call the marriage off.

    The story said BOAC disclosed that a young man whose passport listed him as Louis Bellasoni Bellson, Jr. age 28, was a passenger on a plane leaving Idlewild at 5.10 pm EST, due in London Sunday morning, 10 am.

    The story also said the drummer had booked 5 engagements in England.

    The Chicago Defender reported Bellson would join Ellington at the Blue Note in Chicago on December 19, and after that engagement, the couple would go to California for a brief honeymoon with Juan Tizol and his wife.
    Chicago Defender 1952-12-06 p.16djpAdded 2012-08-18
    updated 2013-06-26
    1952 11 17
    Monday
    .Cranston, R.I.Rhodes-On-The-Pawtuxtet......2011
    1952 11 18
    Tuesday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 11 19
    Wednesday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 11 20
    Thursday
    1952 11 26New York, N.Y.Birdland
    "The Jazz Corner of the World"
    Broadway at 52nd St.
    Night club residency

    Broadcasts on NBC during this engagement were called "Silver Jubilee Program, in honour of Ellington's silver jubilee.

    Ellington's New York Silver Jubilee Celebrations.

    A banner ad in the Amsterdam News read "One Week Only, Nov. 20th to 26th, celebrating his 25th anniversary
    Duke Ellington and his 17-piece band, Slim Galliard and his All-Stars"

    The show was broadcast as "Stars in Jazz" and "Silver Jubilee Show" from 12:05 to 12:55 AM

    Film star Marlon Brando caused a sensation when he attended Ellington's opening night.
    • Stratemann p.347
    • ad, Amsterdam News, 1952-11-15, p.25
    • Concert poster
    • Dorothy Kilgallen, The Voice of Broadway, Pottstown Mercury, 1952-11-25
    DE5223..added 2011

    updated 2013-06-23
    1952 11 21
    Friday
    .New York, N.Y.BirdlandNight club residency - see 1952 11 20.....2011
    1952 11 22
    Saturday
    .New York, N.Y.BirdlandNight club residency - see 1952 11 20
    "Stars in Jazz" and "Silver Jubilee Show" broadcast, 23:30-24:00
    .DE5224..2011
    1952 11 23
    Sunday
    .New York, N.Y.BirdlandNight club residency - see 1952 11 20.....2011
    1952 11 24
    Monday
    .New York, N.Y.BirdlandNight club residency - see 1952 11 20
    "Stars in Jazz" and "Silver Jubilee Show" broadcast, 12:30-12:55 AM
    .DE5225..2011
    1952 11 25
    Tuesday
    .New York, N.Y.BirdlandNight club residency - see 1952 11 20.....2011
    1952 11 26
    Wednesday
    .New York, N.Y.BirdlandLast night of night club residency - see 1952 11 20

    The Kingston, N.Y. Daily Freeman, Nov. 21 and Nov. 25 advertised "Sixteenth Annual Stage Show and Ball..." at Kingston Municipal Auditorium on Thanksgiving Eve, November 26, 1952. One of the acts was "No. 5 is Sepian Dancers The Tapateers with Duke Ellington Band, Astor, Waldorf-Astoria, Palace."

    While this suggests Ellington provided the music for the act, the engagement at Birdland precludes this. As well, the Nov. 28 review in the same paper mentioned the Tapateers but not Ellington. It seems most likely that the reference in the ads was to show the trio's credentials rather than to suggest the Ellington orchestra would be providing their music.
    .DE522609,3-20
    03,3-28
    03,2-27
    01,2-20
    ..added 2011

    updated 2013-06-22
    1952 11 00.New York, N.Y.Birdland..DE5227...2011
    1952 11 00.New York, N.Y.BirdlandBroadcast "Jam And Jive".DE5228...2011
    1952 11 27
    Thursday
    Evening and late night
    .Pittsburgh, Penn..
    Two concerts

    Both Stratemann and Vail II report these concerts to have been in Philadelphia, but Vail's source is likely Stratemann, and Stratemann refers to Billboard, 1952-11-22 p.44. Billboard says Pittsburgh..

    In a story datelined New York, Nov. 15., Billboard reported The Duke Ellington Jazz Concert at Carnegie on Nov. 14, sponsored by Patricia Music, grossed $21,000 for the evening and midnight shows, with the first show almost sold out and standing room only for the late show. Ellington, Billie Holiday, Stan Getz, Charlie Parker and Ahwad Jamal were on the bill.
    Billboard went on to say Patricia Music had set two 'Duke Ellington Jazz Concerts' in Pittsburgh Nov. 27, with Ellington, Getz, Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and others. This would gauge whether or not Patricia Music would send the group out nationally as 'Jazz at the Birdland.' I have been unable to find any evidence to date that these two concerts were performed.
    Stratemann p.347 citing Billboard 1952-11-22 p.44....added 2011

    updated 2013-06-23
    1952 11 28
    Friday
    1952 11 29Burlington, Ont.Brant Inn......2011
    1952 11 29
    Saturday
    .Burlington, Ont.Brant Innsee 1952 11 28.....2011
    1952 11 30
    Sunday
    ..activities not documented.

    December 1952

    1952 12 early.Coldwater Lake, Mich.....10,1-15
    09,3-20
    ..2011
    1952 12 01
    Monday
    .Lima, Oh.Memorial Hall
    Ad: Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra in 3 hour Carnegie Hall concert. Featured with Duke will be Louie Bellson...Admission $2.00 tax included, no reservations.

    A one-liner in the local paper appears to confirm the concert was performed, but places it on Tuesday. More investigation is needed:

    "Bright in Lima
    Among the Duke Ellington concert-goers here Tuesday night was Johnny Bright..."

    • Ad, The Republican-Courier, Findlay, Oh. 1952 11 22
    • The Lima News, Lima, Oh., 1952-12-04 p.21
    ...djp
    added 2013-06-27
    1952 12 02
    Tuesday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 12 03
    Wednesday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 12 04
    Thursday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 12 05
    Friday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 12 06
    Saturday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 12 07
    Sunday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 12 08
    Monday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 12 08
    Monday
    ...Date Of Purchase Skin Deep 29feb52..04,2-30
    00,3-11
    ..2011
    1952 12 09
    Tuesday
    .Wichita, Kan..Mambo Club......2011
    1952 12 10
    Wednesday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 12 11
    Thursday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 12 12
    Friday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo Theater
    253 W. 125th St., Borough of Manhattan, Harlem district
    Amsterdam News Fifteenth Annual Midnight Benefit Show.

    Ellington and 19 other named acts, including Milton Berle and the George Shearing Quintet, were listed in a same-day ad for this benefit show, and the ad also refers to 75 other performers.
    • Publicity, Amsterdam News 1952-11-27, p.23
    • Adm Amsterdam News 1952-12-13, p.7
    • Stratemann p.347 citing Billboard, 1952-12-13 p.52
    • .
    ....added 2011

    updated 2013-08-22
    1952 12 13
    Saturday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 12 14
    Sunday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 12 15
    Monday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 12 16
    Tuesday
    .Chillicothe, MO.Airlane Ballroom
    Dance sponsored by the Chillicothe Lions Club
    .
      Announcements, Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune
    • 1952-12-10, p.3
    • 1952-12-16,p.1
    ..djp
    added 2013-08-22
    1952 12 17
    Wednesday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 12 18
    Thursday
    ..activities not documented.
    1952 12 19
    Friday
    1953 01 01Chicago, Ill.Blue Note Cafe
    56 W. Madison St.
    Beginning of two week, 5 day a week engagement not to exceed 32 hours a week.

    Bellson was supposed to be back for this date.
    .....2011
    1952 12 20
    Saturday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club date - see 1952 12 19.....2011
    1952 12 21
    Sunday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club date - see 1952 12 19.....2011
    1952 12 22.Chicago, Ill..CBS recording session,.DE522907,3-40
    92,1-1
    ..2011
    1952 12 22
    Monday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club date - see 1952 12 19.....2011
    1952 12 23
    Tuesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNIght off from Blue Note according to Stratemann p.347.....2011
    1952 12 23
    Tuesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Paris ClubJubilee party for Duke.....2011
    1952 12 24
    Wednesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight off from Blue Note per Stratemann p.347.....2011
    1952 12 24
    Wednesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Johnson Publishing Co.The publishers of Jet, Ebony and Tan magazines hosted a luncheon for Duke in celebration of his Silver Jubilee and presented him with 25 year subscriptions to each magazine......added 2011

    updated 2013-08-22
    1952 12 25
    Thursday
    Christmas day
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club date - see 1952 12 19.....2011
    1952 12 26
    Friday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club date - see 1952 12 19.....2011
    1952 12 27
    Saturday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club date - see 1952 12 19.....2011
    1952 12 28
    Sunday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club date - see 1952 12 19.....2011
    1952 12 29
    Monday
    .Winnetka, Ill.Louis LaRue residencePrivate party "Laurel Canyon Extravaganza"
    Ellington small group
    New Desor shows personnel as Nance, Hamilton, Carney, Ellington, Marshall, Grissom (vocal and drums). Note Timner 4 and Nielsen 6 show Bellson as the possible drummer. Timner omits Grissom and Nielsen omits Marshall and Grissom.
      Titles recorded:
      • How High The Moon
      • Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
      • Follow Me
      • Solitude
      • Monologue
      • Basin Street Blues
      • Pitter Panther Patter
      • New York City Blues\Sophisticated Lady
      • Sophisticated Lady
      • Tangerine
      • Tea For Two
      • Tenderly
      • Without You
    DE523088,3-2
  • 87,4-5
  • corrTimner-4/23.added 2011

    updated 2013-08-23
    1952 12 29
    Monday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club date - see 1952 12 19.....2011
    1952 12 30
    Tuesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club date - see 1952 12 19.....2011
    1952 12 31
    Wednesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Riccardo's Club
    Stratemann reports a jubilee party for Ellington was planned, in which the Natuonal University of Music would award him a scroll of merit.
    Stratemann citing Down Beat, 1953-01-14...djpadded 2011

    updated 2013-08-22
    1952 12 31
    Wednesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeNight club date - see 1952 12 19
    Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
    Cook, Anderson, Terry, Nance, Woodman, Jackson, Tizol, Hamilton, Procope, Jefferson, Gonsalves, Carney, Ellington, Marshall, Louis Bellson
      Titles broadcast and recorded
    • Take The “A” Train (theme)
    • I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart and Don't Get Around Much Anymore
    • Rock Skippin' At The Blue Note
    • Things Ain't What They Used To Be
    DE5231..djpadded 2011

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    1952/53 --.U.S.A.. "March Of Dime broadcast.DE523206,2-7NDCS 1078.2011

    January 1953

    1953 01 01
    Thursday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note Cafe
    56 W. Madison St.
    DE5301.....2011
    1953 01 02
    Friday
    ..activities not documented (Stratemann says "series of one-nighters in the Midwest").
    1953 01 03
    Saturday
    ..activities not documented (Stratemann says "series of one-nighters in the Midwest").
    1953 01 04
    Sunday
    ..activities not documented (Stratemann says "series of one-nighters in the Midwest").
    1953 01 05
    Monday
    ..activities not documented (Stratemann says "series of one-nighters in the Midwest").
    1953 01 06
    Tuesday
    .Indianapolis, Ind.Butler Fieldhouse
    Butler University
    510 West 49th St.

    The Indianapolis Olympians basketball team hired Ellington to play at its against "the Philadelphia NBL entry" (Philadelphia Warriors). Ellington's orchestra was to play a 30 minute concert at 8 pm, play again at half-time, and perform a 45 minute concert after the game.
    ..Michael Graff 2013-08-23.
    added 2013-08-25
    1953 01 07
    Wednesday
    ..activities not documented (Stratemann says "series of one-nighters in the Midwest").
    1953 01 08
    Thursday
    ..activities not documented (Stratemann says "series of one-nighters in the Midwest").
    1953 01 09
    Friday
    1953 01 15Chicago, Ill.Regal TheatreTheatre show.....added 2011

    updated 2013-01-03
    1953 01 10
    Saturday
    .Chicago, Ill.Regal TheatreTheatre show - see 1953 01 09.....added 2011
    1953 01 11
    Sunday
    .Chicago, Ill.Regal TheatreTheatre show - see 1953 01 09.....added 2011
    1953 01 12
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 01 13
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 01 14
    Wednesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Regal TheatreTheatre show - see 1953 01 09.....added 2011
    1953 01 15
    Thursday
    .Detroit, Mich..Jimmy Hamilton recording session..83,3-3..2011
    1953 01 15
    Thursday
    .Chicago, Ill.Regal TheatreTheatre show - see 1953 01 09.....added 2011
    1953 01 16
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 01 17
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 01 18
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 01 19
    Monday
    1953 01 25Boston, Mass.StoryvilleClub date.....2011
    1953 01 20
    Tuesday
    .Boston, Mass.StoryvilleClub date - see 1953 01 19.....2011
    1953 01 21
    Wednesday
    .Boston, Mass.StoryvilleClub date - see 1953 01 19.....2011
    1953 01 22
    Thursday
    .Boston, Mass.StoryvilleClub date - see 1953 01 19.....2011
    1953 01 23
    Friday
    .Boston, Mass.StoryvilleClub date - see 1953 01 19.....2011
    1953 01 24
    Saturday
    .Boston, Mass.StoryvilleClub date - see 1953 01 19.....2011
    1953 01 25
    Sunday
    .Boston, Mass.StoryvilleClub date - see 1953 01 19.....2011
    1953 01 26
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 01 27
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 01 28
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 01 29
    Thursday
    ...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Wendell Marshall, bass, is replaced by Charlie Mingus.
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
    1953 01 29
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 01 30
    Friday
    1953 02 15
    Sunday
    New York, N.Y.Band BoxEllington band appeared with the Art Tatum trio, bringing "solid business."

    Remote broadcast over radio station WMGM
    Stratemann describes the Band Box as an "oversized 1,100 seater" and says the dance music was provided by the Joe Loco mambo orchestra.

    "Almost daily" broadcasts on WMGM from the Bandbox included Mingus until Feb. 2, then Pettiford.
    .DE5302...added 2011

    updated 2013-01-03
    1953 01 31
    Saturday
    .New York, N.Y.Band Box See 1953 01 30.....2011

    February 1953

    1953 02 01
    Sunday
    .New York, N.Y.BandboxEllingtion, Carney, Hamilton and Procope were telecast, resulting in an audio tape including Take the A Train, Monologue and Mood Indigo..DE5303...added 2011

    updated 2013-01-03
    1953 02 01
    Sunday
    .New York, N.Y.Band Box See 1953 01 30.....2011
    1953 02 02
    Monday
    .New York, N.Y.Band Boxsee 1953 01 30

    WMGM "Jazz Caravan" broadcast
    PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Ellington fired bassist Charlie Mingus at the end of the night.
    An altercation between Mingus and Juan Tizol about whether or not Mingus would play Tizol's music as written or play it up an octave started in the dressing rooms and carried on up to the stage just before the curtain went up.

    Tizol's and Mingus' versions of the event are described in Basilio Serrano's Juan Tizol: His talents, his collaborators, his legacy, CENTRO Journal Volume XVIII Number II, fall 2006

    Mingus was temporarily replaced by bassist Oscar Pettiford.

    Stratemann and New Desor have Mingus on the Feb.2 broadcast, and New Desor has Pettiford on the broadcast of Feb. 4, indicating Mingus was fired either February 2 or 3. Stratemann says Mingus placed the event in the Apollo (see Feb 20) but says Marshall was already back on bass by then.
    Stratemann p.348DE5304.New Desor vol.2djpadded 2011

    updated 2012-10-27
    & 2013-01-03
    1953 02 03
    Tuesday
    .New York, N.Y.Band Box See 1953 01 30

    PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Paul Gonsalves leaves the band, replaced the next night by Tony Scott
    ...corrTimner-4/23+31
    New Desor vol.2
    .2011
    1953 02 04
    Wednesday
    .New York, N.Y.Band Box See 1953 01 30

    WMGM broadcast
    .DE5305...2011
    1953 02 05
    Thursday
    .New York, N.Y.Band Boxsee 1953 01 30

    WMGM "Jazz Caravan" broadcast
    .DE5305...2011
    1953 02 06
    Friday
    .New York, N.Y.Band Boxsee 1953 01 30.....2011
    1953 02 07
    Saturday
    .New York, N.Y.Band Boxsee 1953 01 30.....2011
    1953 02 08
    Sunday
    .New York, N.Y.Band Boxsee 1953 01 30.DE5306.corrTimner-4/23.2011
    1953 02 09
    Monday
    .New York, N.Y.Band Boxsee 1953 01 30

    WMGM "Jazz Caravan" broadcast
    .DE5307...2011
    1953 02 10
    Tuesday
    .New York, N.Y.Band Box See 1953 01 30.....2011
    1953 02 11
    Wednesday
    .New York, N.Y.Band Box See 1953 01 30.....2011
    1953 02 12
    Thursday
    .New York, N.Y.Band Box See 1953 01 30.....2011
    1953 02 13
    Friday
    .New York, N.Y.Band Box See 1953 01 30.....2011
    1953 02 14
    Saturday
    .New York, N.Y.Band Box See 1953 01 30.....2011
    1953 02 15
    Sunday
    .New York, N.Y.Band Box See 1953 01 30.....2011
    1953 02 15
    Sunday
    .New York, N.Y.NBC TV studioEllington appeared in a telecast, the "Scott Music Hall", also known as "The Patti Page Show."

    Duke played a medley backed by the studio orchestra led by Carl Hoff, then accompanied Miss Page for one song.
    .DE5308...added 2011

    updated 2013-01-03
    1953 02 16
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 02 17
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 02 18
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 02 19
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 02 20
    Friday
    ...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Wendell Marshall, bass, rejoins the band. New Desor Vol.2 shows this as March, but Stratemann has him back in the band by the Apollo gig. New Desor's entry is based on his presence on recordings, but there were no band recordings from Feb 10 to 24 inclusive.
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2013-01-03
    1953 02 20
    Friday
    1953 02 26New York, N.Y.Apollo Theater
    253 W. 125th St., Borough of Manhattan, Harlem district
    Theatre engagement (stage show - 40 performances)
    Pearl Bailey and her brother Bill were on the bill. Strateman says Bellson's farewell week with the band provided the biggest week in the Apollo's history, grossing $37,000.
    Stratemann p.348, citing
    • Variety 1953-03-04 p.55
    • Variety 1953-03-18 p.42
    • New York Age 1953--02-21 p.20
    • Down Beat 1953-04-08
    • Down Beat 1953-03-11
    ...djpadded 2011

    updated 2013-01-03
    1953 02 21
    Saturday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterTheatre show - see 1953 02 20.....2011
    1953 02 22
    Sunday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterTheatre show - see 1953 02 20.....2011
    1953 02 23
    Monday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterTheatre show - see 1953 02 20.....2011
    1953 02 24...Date of contract between Triple Ell Corporation, Duke Ellington Inc. and Associated Booking Corporation to provide 15 musicians "under the leadership of Duke Ellington, Inc., presents Duke Ellington" for three 5-day weeks, not to exceed 32 hours per week at the Blue Note Cafe beginning June 12, 1953, for $5,000/week.

    The contract price is again to cover a six-day week if the AFM rescinds the five-day week.

    This contract again specifies the weekly fee is $5,000, less 10% to Associated Booking Corp.

    It says "It is specifically understood and agreed that unless otherwise specified herein, no part of the performance of the Orchestra shall be broadcast or reproduced by radio or other means."
    Contract, Stratemann files, courtesy Monika Stratemann....added 2012-11-03
    1953 02 24
    Tuesday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterTheatre show - see 1953 02 20.....2011
    1953 02 25
    Wednesday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterTheatre show - see 1953 02 20.....2011
    1953 02 26
    Thursday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterTheatre show - see 1953 02 20.....2011
    1953 02 26...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Louie Bellson leaves the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-10
    1953 02 26...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Hilton Jefferson, alto sax, leaves the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
    1953 02 27
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 02 28
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.

    March 1953

    1953 03 01
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 03 01...PERSONNEL CHANGES
    George “Butch” Ballard, drums, rejoins the band, replacing Louie Bellson
    New Desor vol.2

    Stratemann, p.348
    djpAdded 2013-01-03
    1953 03 00.U.S.A..New Desor suggests Ellington recorded Nothin,' Nothin' Baby, piano and vocal, sometime in March 1953, without accompaniment. The recording was released on the TOM label..DE531089,1-12
    88,4-4
    ..added 2011

    updated 2012-11-04
    1953 03 02
    Monday
    1953 03 08Hillside, Pa. Hilltop Restaurant......2011
    1953 03 03
    Tuesday
    .Hillside, Pa. Hilltop RestaurantSee 1953 03 02.....2011
    1953 03 04
    Wednesday
    .Hillside, Pa. Hilltop RestaurantSee 1953 03 02.....2011
    1953 03 05
    Thursday
    .Hillside, Pa. Hilltop RestaurantSee 1953 03 02.....2011
    1953 03 06
    Friday
    .Hillside, Pa. Hilltop RestaurantSee 1953 03 02.....2011
    1953 03 07
    Saturday
    .Hillside, Pa. Hilltop RestaurantSee 1953 03 02.....2011
    1953 03 08
    Sunday
    .Hillside, Pa. Hilltop RestaurantSee 1953 03 02.....2011
    1953 03 00...PERSONNEL CHANGES
    • Rick Henderson, alto sax, replaces Hilton Jefferson
    • Paul Gonsalves, rejoins the band, replacing Tony Scott


    Stratemann places these changes in mid-March, before the trip west. He doesn't say why Gonsalves was out of the band or if Scott was just subbing for Paul.
    New Desor vol.2

    Stratemann, p.348
    djpAdded 2013-01-03
    1953 03 09
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 03 10
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 03 11
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 03 12
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 03 13
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 03 14
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 03 15
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 03 16
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 03 17
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 03 18
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 03 19
    Thursday
    .Hobbs, N.M.VFW Hall.Stratemann, p.348....2011
    1953 03 20
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 03 21
    Saturday
    .El Paso, Texas..Stratemann, p.348....2011
    1953 03 22
    Sunday
    .Albuquerque, N.M..Dance dateStratemann, p.348DE5311.corrTimner-4/23+31.2011
    1953 03 23
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 03 24
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1953 03 25
    Wednesday
    .Tucson, Ariz.El Casino Ballroom.
    • Stratemann, p.348
    • Vail II
    • Tucson Daily Citizen, 1953-03-25 p.30
    ....added 2011

    updated 2013-06-28
    1953 03 26
    Thursday
    .Phoenix, Ariz...Stratemann, p.348....2011
    1953 03 27
    Friday
    .Pomona, Cal...Stratemann, p.348....2011
    1953 03 28
    Saturday
    1953 03 29San Diego, Cal..Stratemann, p.348.....2011
    1953 03 29
    Sunday
    .San Diego, Cal..see 1953 03 28.....2011
    1953 03 30
    Monday
    .Pasadena, Cal.Civic AuditoriumSharing the bill with Ellington and his orchestra were the Herman McCoy Swing Choir and the Gerry Mulligan quarter. Oscar Pettiford sat in for one Ellington number.Stratemann, p.348DE531204,3-56
    90,1-6
    88,4-3
    86,4-1
    corr Timner-4/23+31.added 2011

    updated 2013-06-28
    1953 03 31
    Tuesday
    .San Diego, Cal..Stratemann, p.348.....2011

    April 1953

    1953 04 011953 04 04Balboa Beach, Cal.Rendezvous......2011
    1953 04 05.San Diego, Cal........2011
    1953 04 06.Los Angeles, Cal.Capitol Studios..DE531307,3-40
    95,2-8
    83,4-2
    ..2011
    1953 04 07.Los Angeles, Cal.Capital Studios..DE531407,3-40
    05,3-36
    05,2-31
    97,1-2
    95,2-8
    87,3-2
    83,4-2
    81,1-3
    ..2011
    1953 04 09.Los Angeles, Cal.Capitol Studios..DE5315 07,3-40+41
    97,1-2
    95,2-8
    87,3-2
    83,4-2
    81,1-3
    corrTimner-4.2011
    1953 04 101953 04 21Los Angeles, Cal.Paramount Theatre......2011
    1953 04 13.Los Angeles, Cal.Capitol Studios..DE531609,2-9
    07,3-41
    05,1-14
    99,4-26
    97,1-2
    95,2-8
    83,4-2
    ..2011
    1953 04 14.Los Angeles, Cal.Capitol Studios..DE531710,3-17
    09,2-9
    07,3-41
    97,1-2
    95,2-8
    83,4-2
    ..2011
    1953 04 15...See 29/30apr53.....2011
    1953 04 24.Stockton, Cal.Civic Auditorium......2011
    1953 04 25.Sacramento, Cal.Auditorium......2011
    1953 04 26.San Jose, Cal.Auditorium......2011
    1953 04 27.Sacramento, Cal.Governor's H......2011
    1953 04 28.Klamath Falls, Ore.Armory......2011
    1953 04 29.Portland, Ore.VFW Hall...03,2-13
    92,4-7
    85,2-5
    84,3-11
    79,5-5
    ..2011
    1953 04 30.Portland, Ore.McElroy's Ballroom..DE531803,2-13
    99,5-18
    92,4-7
    87,4-5
    86,4-2
    ..2011

    May 1953

    1953 05 01.Olympia, Wash.Evergreen Ballroom......2011
    1953 05 02.Seattle, Wash.Trianon Ballroom......2011
    1953 05 03.Spokane, Wash.Fairchild Air Force Base......2011
    1953 05 05.Moscow, Ida........2011
    1953 05 06.Boise, Ida.Miramar Ballroom......2011
    1953 05 07.BurleyIdyll Ballroom......2011
    1953 05 081953 05 09Salt Lake City, UtahRainbow......2011
    1953 05 11.Denver, Col.Rainbow Ballroom......2011
    1953 05 12.HoldredgeAuditorium......2011
    1953 05 14
    Thursday
    .West Point, Ia..Dance
    The band arrived in Burlington early Thursday, en route to the dance in West Point, Ia., about 25 miles west.

    The band would return to Burlington for the night, leaving for Normal the next morning.
    Burlington, Ia. Hawk-Eye Gazette, 1952-05-14, p.19...djp
    added 2013-03-20
    1953 05 14.West PointLegion Ballroom......2011
    1953 03 15...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Singer Betty Roché leaves the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-25
    1953 05 15.Normal, Ia.Illinois State U.......2011
    1953 05 16.Benid, Ill.Coliseum Ballroom......2011
    1953 05 17.St. LouisMasonic Hall......2011
    1953 05 19.CarrollStarline Ballroom......2011
    1953 05 20.New UlmNew Ulm Ballroom......2011
    1953 05 23.MadisonFraternity Hall..DE533104,3-29
    03,3-25
    TDESjun03 corrTimner-4/22.2011
    1953 05 24.WaupacaIndian Crossing......2011
    1953 05 26.La CrosseAvalon Ballroom......2011
    1953 05 29.GlencoeCountry Club......2011
    1953 05 30.Gary, Ind.Armory......2011
    1953 05 31.Chicago, Ill.Parkway Ballroom......2011

    June 1953

    1953 06 --a.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    "All Star Parade" Re-broadcast 17jul.DE5320...2011
    1953 06 --b.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    "All Star Parade" Re-broadcast 24jul.DE5321...2011
    1953 06 --c.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    "All Star Parade" Re-broadcast 01aug.DE5322...2011
    1953 06 --d.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ...09,3-5..2011
    1953 06 03
    Wednesday
    1953 06 04
    Thursday
    McClure, Ind.Colony Club......2011
    1953 06 04
    Thursday
    .McClure, Ind.Colony ClubSee 1963 06 03.....2011
    1953 06 12
    Friday
    1953 07 02Chicago, Ill.Blue Note Cafe
    56 W. Madison St.
    Club date with NBC network feed
    3 Five night weeks

    Some NBC broadcasts from here were issued on the AFRS "One Night Stand" transcription series and released on LP.

    Later in the year, the club shut down, but owner Frank Holzfeind reopened nearby in 1954.
    Stratemann
    p.349
    DE531910,3-17
    90,1-8
    87,4-5
    86,4-2
    ..added 2011

    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 13
    Saturday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1953 06 12.....added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 14
    Sunday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1953 06 12.....added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 15
    Monday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeDay off from club date? - see 1953 06 12.....added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 16
    Tuesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeDay off from club date? - see 1953 06 12.....added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 17
    Wednesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1953 06 12.....added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 18
    Thursday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1953 06 12.....added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 19
    Friday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1953 06 12.....added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 20
    Saturday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1953 06 12.....added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 21
    Sunday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1953 06 12.....added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 22
    Monday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeDay off from club date? - see 1953 06 12.....added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 23
    Tuesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeDay off from club date?- see 1953 06 12.....added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 24
    Wednesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1953 06 12.DE532392,3-1
    89,4-4
    89,3-5
    ..added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 25
    Thursday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1953 06 12.....added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 26.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CaféClub date - see 1953 06 12

    "Music For Moderns"
    ..01,2-20..added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 27
    Saturday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1953 06 12.DE532410,3-17
    90,1-8
    89,1-12
    87,4-5
    87,2-2
    86,4-2
    ..added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 28
    Sunday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeClub date - see 1953 06 12.....added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 29
    Monday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeDay off from club date? - see 1953 06 12.....added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 30
    Tuesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note CafeDay off from club date? - see 1953 06 12.....added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 06 30.Chicago, Ill.Universal Stud..DE532507,3-41
    95,2-8
    93,3-4
    92,4-7
    84,2-8
    84,1-6
    83,4-2
    83,3-3
    ..2011

    July 1953

    1953 07 01
    Wednesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    Club date - see 1953 06 12.....2added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 07 02
    Thursday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    Club date - see 1953 06 12.....2added 2011
    updated 2012-11-20
    1953 07 01
    Wednesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue Note`..DE5326 DE532707,3-41
    95,2-9
    92,3-1
    89,4-4
    89,3-5
    84,1-6
    83,4-2
    ..2011
    1953 07 071953 07 19New York, N.Y.Band Box...03,2-9..2011
    1953 07 12.New York, N.Y.."What's My Line" TV show
    Ellington appeared as a mystery guest.
    .....2011
    1953 07 12.Revere Beach, Mass.Roll Away Ballroom...03,2-9..2011
    1953 07 17
    .New York, N.Y..
    An AP wirestory said Ellington would sub for George Frazier on the Platterbrains ABC show. If the show was broadcast from New York, Ellington would have been unable to do so, since he was working in Chicago. Unless further evidence comes to light, this entry as quite doubtful.
    Clearfield Progress,1953-07-10 p.5...djp
    added 2013-06-28
    1953 07 17.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    "All Star Parade" broadcast.DE5320 ?01,2-20
    94,2-6
    93,4-6
    89,4-4
    89,3-5
    corrTimner-4/23.2011
    1953 07 23.TauntonRoseland...03,2-9..2011
    1953 07 24...See Bluenote Jun53..89,4-4
    89,3-5
    corrTimner-4/23.2011
    1953 07 25.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    "All Star Parade" broadcast.DE5320 ?01,2-20..2011
    1953 07 31.Pittsburgh, Penn.Vogue Terrace......2011

    August 1953

    1953 08 01...Peripheral event
    In a story dated August 1, Billboard reported an agreement reached between Columbia and RCA Victor concerning who had the right to issue records of non-studio recordings, under which Columbia ceded the March 25, 1952 concert rights to RCA Victor. The matter arose from the successful Benny Goodman albums Columbia released in 1950 (Carnegie Hall concert) and 1952 (1937-38 recordings).

    The agreement granted RCA Victor the right to produce the recording made of Ellington's March 25, 1952 concert in Seattle.

    At least one musician had complained to the AFM, and Columbia reportedly paid them scale for each 3 minutes, disbursing about $10,000 through the union.

    Billboard summarized the agreement as strengthening the principle that recorded non-studio performances would be issued by the company that had the musician under contract at the time the tapes were made.
    Billboard djpAdded 2013-04-25
    1953 08 011953 08 02Pittsburgh, Penn.Vogue Terrace......2011
    1953 08 141953 08 20New York, N.Y.Apollo Theater
    253 W. 125th St., Borough of Manhattan, Harlem district
    FineAndMellow138.....2011
    1953 08 19.New York, N.Y.Apollo Theater
    253 W. 125th St., Borough of Manhattan, Harlem district
    ..DE5328...2011
    1953 08 22
    Saturday
    .Farrell, Penn.Twin City Elks
    Dance - open to the public, everyone welcome
    New Castle News, 1953-08-19 p16...djp
    added 2013-06-27
    1953 08 23
    Sunday
    7 pm
    .Reading, Penn.Ephrata Legion ParkLikely an outdoor danceAd, Chester, Pa., Times, 1953-08-18DE5329...added 2011

    updated 2013-06-27
    1953 08 24
    Monday
    1 PM
    1953 08 25
    Tuesday
    Sampson Air Force Base, N.Y.Allen Auditorium
    Concert
    Geneva Daily Times, Aug. 20, 1953....Agustin Perez GascoAdded 2012-05-04
    1953 08 24
    Monday
    8:30 PM
    .Sampson Air Force Base, N.Y.Non-commissioned Officers MessDanceGeneva Daily Times, Aug. 20, 1953....Agustin Perez GascoAdded 2012-05-04
    1953 08 25
    Tuesday
    1 PM
    .Sampson Air Force Base, N.Y.Allen Auditorium
    Concert 1 pm
    Geneva Daily Times, Aug. 20, 1953....Agustin Perez GascoAdded 2012-05-04
    1953 08 25
    Tuesday
    8:30 PM
    .Sampson Air Force Base, N.Y.Officers MessDanceGeneva Daily Times, Aug. 20, 1953....Agustin Perez GascoAdded 2012-05-04
    1953 08 26.Montréal, P.Q.Show Mart......2011
    1953 08 27.Quebec CityColisee......2011
    1953 08 29.SherbrookeArena......2011
    1953 08 31.HamiltonPalace Theatre......2011

    September 1953

    1953 09 011953 09 02HamiltonPalace Theatre......2011
    1953 09 04.SyracuseMemorial Buil......2011
    1953 09 071953 09 12Toronto, Ont.Colonial Tavern......2011
    1953 09 17.Cedar FallsTeachers Col......2011
    1953 09 18.Buffalo, N.Y.Kleinhans Muisic......2011
    1953 09 201953 09 26MitchellCotton Corn Car......2011
    1953 09 --...Louie Bellson Rec Da..03,3-23..2011

    October 1953

    1953 (fall)...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    George “Butch” Ballard leaves the band, to be replaced by Dave Black.
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-10
    1953 10 04.Coeur D'alene Nijc A...DE5330...2011
    1953 10 05.AlbertaStampede Corral......2011
    1953 10 06.AlbertaArena Gardens......2011
    1953 10 07.Regina, Sask.Stadium......2011
    1953 10 08
    7 & 9:30 pm
    .Winnipeg, Man.Winnipeg AuditoriumTwo performances, sharing the bill with The Gaylords and The Harmonicats. The WFP gave a ho-hum review, and estimated attendance for the two shows at 4,000Winnipeg Free Press
    • Ad 1953-09-14,p.5
    • Review 1953-10-09.p.6
    ....added 2011

    updated 2012-10-10
    2013-05-27
    1953 10 09.BrandonWheat City Arena......2011
    1953 10 10.Fort FrancesMemorial Ar......2011
    1953 10 12.Port ArthurArena......2011
    1953 10 211953 10 31New York, N.Y.Paramount Theatre'Duke Ellington and his concert orchestra headline the stage show at the N.Y. Paramount. 'So Big' is on the screen.'...Brooklyn Eagle 1953-10-27djp2011 updated 2012-04-23

    November 1953

    1953 11 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Trombonist George Jean joins the band in late November
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
    1953 11 011953 11 03New York, N.Y.Paramount Theatre......2011
    1953 11 201953 11 28Boston, Mass.Storyville......2011
    1953 fall a.MadisonFraternity H...DE5331...2011
    1953 11 00 ...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Juan Tizol leaves the band in late November
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-25
    1953 fall b.Talahassee, Fla.Sauls-Bridges American Legion Post..DE5332...added 2011

    updated 2012-10-10

    December 1953

    1953 12 03.New York, N.Y.Capitol Studios..DE533311,2-13
    09,2-9
    07,3-42
    97,3-20
    97,1-2
    95,2-9
    94,2-7
    90,2-8
    89,1-12
    84,1-6
    83,4-2
    ..2011
    1953 12 04.New York, N.Y.Capitol Studios......2011
    1953 12 --.New York, N.Y.Birdland/td>.DE5335...2011
    1953 12 05.New York, N.Y.Capitol Studios..DE533407,3-42
    97,3-20
    97,1-2
    95,2-9
    corrTimner-4.2011
    1953 12 06.Hartford, Conn.State Theatre......2011
    1953 12 101953 12 23New York, N.Y.Birdland......2011
    1953 12 11.New York, N.Y..Dumont telecast
    "Life Begins at Eighty"
    .DE533601,2-20corrTimner-4/23.2011
    1953 12 13.New York, N.Y.."Jerry Lester Show".DE5337...2011
    1953 12 15.New York, N.Y.Capitol Studios..DE533807,3-42
    97,1-2
    94,2-6
    94,1-1
    93,4-1
    86,1-3
    85,3-7
    84,5-4
    84,1-6
    83,4-2
    ..2011
    1953 12 16.New York, N.Y.."Steve Allen Show".DE5339...2011
    1953 12 21.New York, N.Y.Capitol Studios..DE534007,3-42
    06,1-21
    97,1-2
    94,2-6
    94,1-1
    93,4-1
    86,1-3
    84,1-6
    83,4-2
    corrTimner-4.2011
    1953 12 251953 12 31Chicago, Ill.Regal Theatre......2011
    1953 12 28.Chicago, Ill.Universal Studios..DE534107,3-42
    06,1-27
    97,1-2
    90,2-8
    83,4-2
    ..2011
    1953 12 29.Chicago, Ill.Universal Studios..DE534297,1-2
    83,4-3
    ..2011



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    January 1954

    -1954 01 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Trombonist George Jean leaves the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
    1954 01 01.Chicago, Ill.Universal St..DE540195,3-7
    83,4-3
    ..2011
    1954 01 02.Chicago, Ill.Universal St..DE540297,1-2
    95,3-7
    ..2011
    1954 01 12.St. Paul, Minn.Auditorium......2011
    1954 01 16.Chicago, Ill.Rainbo......2011
    1954 01 17.Chicago, Ill.Universal St..DE540304,3-29
    95,3-7
    83,4-3
    ..2011
    1954 01 22.Pittsburgh, Penn.Syria Mosque......2011
    1954 01 27.New York, N.Y.Savoy Ballroom......2011

    February 1954

    1954 02 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Trombonist John Sanders, born 1925, joins the band.
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-25
    1954 02 011954 02 06Toronto, Ont.Colonial Tavern......2011
    1954 02 08.HamiltonForum..DE540411,2-13
    06,1-33
    99,4-22
    97,3-14
    95,2-1
    95,2-4
    ..2011
    1954 02 121954 02 18Washington, D.C.Howard Theatre......2011
    1954 02 191954 02 25New York, N.Y.Apollo Theater
    253 W. 125th St., Borough of Manhattan, Harlem district
    ......2011

    March 1954

    1954 03 04.MadisonUwis Stock Pav...08,3-9..2011
    1954 03 12.New York, N.Y.Basin StreetSatchmo's opening night..08,3-9..2011
    1954 03 13.Miami UnivWithrow Court"FourWinds/SevenSeas"....CAHdec072011
    1954 03 14.CelinaEdgewater Park...08,3-9..2011
    1954 03 --.Newcastle Indiana....08,3-9..2011

    April 1954

    1954 04 05.Dallas, Tex.Plantation......2011
    1954 04 08.Roswell (N.M.).......2011
    1954 04 09.Ft. Worth, Tex.Carswell Air Force Base......2011
    1954 04 10.El PasoBiggs Air Force Base......2011
    1954 04 12.Long Beach, Cal.Convention Hall,
    Long Beach Municipal Auditorium
    "Better than ever, even though late in starting, Duke Ellington and his rhythmic retinue received a royal welcome from the enthused audience in Convention Hall, Long Beach Municipal Auditorium Monday night."Long Beach Independent, 1954-04-13, p4....added 2011

    updated 2012-09-02
    1954 04 13.Los Angeles, Cal.Embassy Auditorium..DE540510,2-11
    10,1-14
    09,3-13
    91,2-6
    91,1-5
    87,4-3
    ..2011
    1954 04 131954 04 27San Francisco, Cal.Down Beat Club......2011
    1954 04 26.San Francisco, Cal.Capitol Studios..DE540611,2-13
    05,3-36
    05,2-31
    02,1-7
    01,2-16
    97,1-2
    95,3-7
    83,4-3
    ..2011
    1954 04 28.AlbanyElk's Club......2011
    1954 04 29.PortlandMcElroy's..DE540709,3-13
    03,2-13
    01,2-29
    99,5-18
    84,3-9
    corrTimner-4/24+31.2011
    1954 04 30.Victoria, B.C.Memorial Arena......2011

    May 1954

    1954 05 01.Seattle, Wash.Trianon Ballroom..DE5408.corrTimner-4/24.2011
    1954 05 02?.Seattle, Wash.Olympia Theatre......2011
    1954 05 05.Spokane.......2011
    1954 05 06
    Thursday
    8 pm
    .Helena, Mont. Helena Civic CenterCarroll College spring formal
    "Students and alumni will enjoy dancing from 8pm to midnight. Dancers have been limited to students and alumni, but the general public is invited to hear a concert from 9 to 10 o'clock. Balcony seats will be available for anyone who wants to hear the 'Duke.'"

    Miss Joan Panyon was crowned campus queen immediately after the special concert.
    • Advance publicity, The Independent Record, Helena, Mont.
      • 1954-04-30
      • 1954-05-04
      • 1954-05-05
      • 1954-05-06
    • Campus Queen announcements,
      • Montana Standard, Butte Mont. 1954-05-07
      • The Independent Record, 1954-05-09
    • Mention in Carroll College newspaper The Prospector, 1956-03-23
    ...djpadded 2012-10-30
    1954 05 09
    Sunday
    .Dickinson, N.D..
    Two Oil Jubilee concerts
    "Performances at Dickinson by the famous Duke Ellington band at 4 and7:30 pm Sunday will wind up the two day celebration."

    Part of two days of festivities celebrating the opening of the new Queen City Oil Refinery.

    The announcement on Saturday was brief, and while the Tribune covered the festivities in its May 10 edition, there was no mention of Ellington.
    The Bismark Tribune, 1954 05 08. p.3...djpadded 2012-10-30
    1954 05 13...Jet Magazine Reported Ellington, fearing air travel, refused to accept fall bookings in Europe because they included flights between one-night stands. Jet attributed the information to London booking agent H. Davison.Jet Magazine, May 13, 1954, page 57....2011-12-20
    1954 05 15
    Saturday
    .Effingham, Ill..
    Centennial Ball or Coronation Ball
    Press announcements regarding Effingham's 3 day centennial celebration showed Ellington's band was scheduled to perform one of the two 9 pm Saturday dances. Wayne King and His Orchestra were to perform the other one.
    • Ad, Mount Vernon Register-News, 1954-05-11
    • Announcement, Edwardsville Intelligencer, 1954-05-11
    • Announcement & ad, Mount Vernon Register-News, 1954-05-06
    • Souvenir program for Effingham Centennial, sold on eBay in 2008
    • The Daily Journal Gazette and Commercial Star, Mattoon, Ill., 1954-05-07 ,p.16
    ...djpadded 2012-11-01
    1954 05 16.Cincinnati, Oh.Taft Theatre......2011
    1954 05 22.Port StanleyStork Club......2011
    1954 05 25.Toronto, Ont.Eaton Auditorium......2011
    1954 05 28.SherbrookeArena......2011
    1954 05 29.Montréal, P.Q.Show Mart......2011

    June 1954

    1954 06 101954 06 23New York, N.Y.Birdland......2011
    1954 06 --.New York, N.Y.Birdland/td>.DE5409...2011
    1954 06 15.New York, N.Y.Birdland NBC telecast
    "Steve Allen Show"
    .DE5410...2011
    1954 06 17.New York, N.Y.Capitol Studios..DE541199,5-19
    95,3-7
    84,1-6
    83,4-3
    ..2011
    1954 06 --.MentorMentor Ballroom.td>.DE5412...2011
    1954 06 28.ManitobaRoseland X2......2011
    1954 06 29.ReginaTrianon......2011
    1954 06 30.CalgaryStampede Corral......2011

    July 1954

    1954 07 02.Saskatoon Drill Hall......2011
    1954 07 03.MacdonaldRCAF Station......2011
    1954 07 06.Denver, Col.Civic Auditorium..DE5413...2011
    1954 07 071954 07 22Reno LakeTahoe Harrah's......2011
    1954 07 24.San Diego, Cal. Mission Beach......2011
    1954 07 26.Los Angeles, Cal.."Linkletter Show".DE541491,2-6..2011
    1954 07 26.Los Angeles, Cal.Embassy AuditoriumTwo concerts?

    Jet Magazine's caption to a photo of Duke showing a violin to heiress Doris Duke said Duke displayed a brassy, new 'modern sound' in 'double concert.'
    Jet magazine, 1954-08-12, p57....added 2011

    updated 2013-04-16
    1954 07 271954 07 31San Francisco, Cal.Down Beat Club......2011

    August 1954

    1954 08 011954 08 09San Francisco, Cal.Down Beat Club......2011
    1954 08 05...Date of contract between The Blue Note, Duke Ellington and Associated Booking Corporation to provide 15 musicians "under the leadership of Duke Ellington" for two 5-day 30-hour weeks, with Sunday matinee at the Blue Note Cafe, 3 North Clark St. beginning September 29, 1954 for $5,000/week.

    "Contract price $5,000 per week less 10% to ABC."br>
    It says "It is specifically understood and agreed that unless otherwise specified herein, no part of the performance of the Orchestra shall be broadcast or reproduced by radio or other means."
    Contract, Stratemann files, courtesy Monika Stratemann....added 2012-11-03
    1954 08 07.La JollaBeach Club......2011
    1954 08 131954 08 31Los Angeles, Cal.Crescendo......2011

    September 1954

    1954 09 011954 09 05Los Angeles, Cal.Crescendo......2011
    1954 09 01.Los Angeles, Cal.Capitol Studios..DE541511,2-13
    97,1-2
    95,3-7
    83,4-3
    VAR12photos.2011
    1954 09 --?.Los Angeles, Cal..Interview.DE5416...2011
    1954 09 071954 09 10Sacramento, Cal.State Fair......2011
    1954 09 111954 09 12Los Angeles, Cal.54 Ballroom......2011
    1954 09 29
    Wednesday
    1954 10 10
    Sunday
    Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    Club residency pursuant to contract signed Aug. 8, 1954

    15 musicians "under the leadership of Duke Ellington" for two 5-day 30-hour weeks, with Sunday matinees for $5,000/week, less 10% to ABC."
    .....added 2011

    updated 2013-04-15
    1954 09 30
    Thursday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue NoteClub residency - see 1954 09 29.....2011

    October 1954

    1954 10 01
    Friday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue NoteClub residency - see 1954 09 29.....2011
    1954 10 02
    Saturday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue NoteClub residency - see 1954 09 29.....2011
    1954 10 03
    Sunday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue NoteClub residency - see 1954 09 29

    Matinee and evening performances per terms of the contract.
    .....added 2011

    updated 2013-04-15
    1954 10 04
    Monday
    .Chicago, Ill.
    Likely a day off from the Blue Note - see 1954 09 29 - Having Monday and Tuesday off allows for 2 five day work weeks during the contract, broken by two days off in the middle.
    .....2011
    1954 10 05
    Tuesday
    .Chicago, Ill..
    Likely a day off from the Blue Note - see 1954 09 29
    .....2011
    1954 10 06
    Wednesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue NoteClub residency - see 1954 09 29.....2011
    1954 10 07
    Thursday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue NoteClub residency - see 1954 09 29.....2011
    1954 10 08
    Friday
    ..Unviersal StudioCapitol recording session
    Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra
    Cook, Anderson, Terry, Nance, Woodman, Jackson, Sanders, Hamilton, Procope, Henderson, Gonsalves, Carney, Ellington, Pettiford, Frank Rollo, Black, Grissom

    Titles recorded:
    • Twelfth Street Rag
    • September Song
    • Caravan
    .DE5417 .djpadded 2011

    updated 2013-04-15
    1954 10 08
    Friday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue NoteClub residency - see 1954 09 29.....2011
    1954 10 09
    Saturday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue NoteClub residency - see 1954 09 29.....2011
    1954 10 10
    Sunday
    .Chicago, Ill.Blue NoteResidency ends - see 1954 09 29

    Matinee and evening performances per terms of the contract.
    .....added 2011

    updated 2013-04-15
    1954 10 11
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1954 10 12
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1954 10 13
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1954 10 14
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1954 10 15
    Friday
    .Philadelphia, Penn.Grand OperaBeginning of Norman Granz's 1954 "Modern Jazz Concert" three week coast to coast tour.

    The show included the Dave Brubeck quartet, the Stan Getz quintet, and the Gerry Mulligan quartet as well as the Ellington orchestra. Stratemann tells us Ellington emceed the entire show, with the small units playing the first half and Ellington's orchestra having the second half to itself.

    Stratemann advises the show did quite well, despite competition from the Jazz at the Philharomic, Stan Kenton and The Biggest Show of 1954 touring at the same time. On the other hand, Billboard quotes Granz as saying the show lost money, averaging $4,000 night against a 'nut' of $6,000.
    ...djpadded 2011

    updated 2013-04-15
    1954 10 16
    Saturday
    8:30 pm
    .Newark, N.J.Mosque TheatreModern Jazz Concert - see 1954 10 15Stratemann p.353...djpadded 2011

    updated 2013-04-15
    1954 10 16
    Saturday
    Midnight
    .New York, N.Y.Carnegie HallModern Jazz Concert - see 1954 10 15

    The audience numbered 2,700 and the show went past 3 a.m.
    Stratemann p.353 citing Variety 1954-10-20 p.121 and Billboard 1954-10-30 p.13...djpadded 2011

    updated 2013-04-15
    1954 10 17
    Sunday
    .Boston, Mass.Symphony HallModern Jazz Concert - see 1954 10 15Stratemann p.353....added 2011

    updated 2013-04-16
    1954 10 18
    Monday
    .Detroit, Mich..Modern Jazz Concert - see 1954 10 15Stratemann p.353....added 2011

    updated 2013-04-16
    1954 10 19
    Tuesday
    .Columbus, Oh.Memorial HallModern Jazz Concert - see 1954 10 15Stratemann p.353....added 2011

    updated 2013-04-16
    1954 10 20
    Wednesday
    .Cincinnati, Oh.Taft TheatreModern Jazz Concert - see 1954 10 15Stratemann p.353....added 2011

    updated 2013-04-16
    1954 10 21
    Thursday
    .Pittsburgh, Penn.Syria MosqueModern Jazz Concert - see 1954 10 15

    The Biggest Show of 1954 played in Pittsburgh the same night.*
    • Stratemann p.353
    • * Billboard 1954-10-30, p.22
    ....added 2011

    updated 2013-04-16
    1954 10 22
    Friday
    .Cleveland, Oh.Music HallModern Jazz Concert - see 1954 10 15.....added 2011

    updated 2013-04-16
    1954 10 23
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1954 10 24
    Sunday
    .Chicago, Ill.Civic Opera HouseModern Jazz Concert - see 1954 10 15Stratemann, p.323 citing Billboard 1954-10-30 p.24....added 2011

    updated 2013-04-16
    1954 10 25
    Monday
    .Minneapolis, Minn.AuditoriumModern Jazz Concert - see 1954 10 15Stratemann p.353....added 2011

    updated 2013-04-16
    1954 10 26
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1954 10 27
    Wednesday
    .Beloit, Wisc.CollegeModern Jazz Concert - see 1954 10 15Stratemann p.353....added 2011

    updated 2013-04-16
    1954 10 28
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1954 10 29
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1954 10 30
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1954 10 31
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.

    November 1954

    1954 11 00...Peripheral event
    The New York Times News Service carried an article by Luther A. Huston saying the Supreme Court had rejected the American Federation of Musicians' appeal of a Federal Court of Appeals decision requiring it to remove Abe Stein, a Nashville agent, from its Unfair list. He had been placed on the list when he sued for damages after Ellington failed to appear for a performance Stein had booked.
    Corpus Christi Times, 1954-11-09 p.12.Added 2013-04-14f
    1954 11 01
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1954 11 02
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1954 11 03
    Wednesday
    .Aurora, ColoradoKFG Studio
    Fitzimons Army Hospital

    The DefenseImagery.mil displays two photographs dated 11/3/1954 of Duke in the studio of the radio station at the hospital. The site gives no detail about the appearance; while it is possible Ellington came alone to the hospital, it is also possible the band played.

    It is more likely than not that the Modern Jazz Concert was performed nearby, since Aurora is very close to Denver.
    ...djp
    added 2013-04-14
    1954 11 04
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1954 11 05
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1954 11 06
    Saturday
    .San Francisco, Cal.San Francisco Civic AuditoriumModern Jazz Concert - see 1954 10 15
    • Stratemann p.353
    • Announcement and ad, Oakland Tribune, 1954-11-04, p.D25
    ....added 2011

    updated 2013-04-16
    1954 11 07
    Sunday
    .Berkeley, Cal.Berkeley Community TheaterModern Jazz Concert - see 1954 10 15

    "The chamber jazz of the Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz ensembles, plus the larger sonorities of Duke Ellington's band."
    • Stratemann p.353
    • Announcement and ad, Oakland Tribune, 1954-11-04, p.D25
    • Announcement and ad, Oakland Tribune, 1954-11-05, p.E39
    • Review, Oakland Tribune, 1954-11-08 p.24D
    ....added 2011

    updated 2013-04-15
    1954 11 08
    Monday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Shrine AuditoriumModern Jazz Concert - see 1954 10 15

    At least part of this concert appears to have been recorded. Billboard announced Granz's Clef Records would be issuing "the first concert jazz package by Stan Getz on March 1, 1955, titled Stan Getz at the Shrine
    ....added 2011

    updated 2013-04-16
    1954 11 09.Fresno, Cal........2011
    1954 11 10.Dunsmuir, Cal.Corral......2011
    1954 11 12...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Drummer Dave Black is hospitalized in Portland, Ore.
    New Desor vol.2
    Stratemann p.354
    djpAdded 2012-10-11
    1954 11 13.Portland, Ore.Jantzen Beach Ballroom.Stratemann p.354 citing Variety 1954-11-17 p78DE5418...added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 11 17
    Wednesday
    .Twin Falls, Id. .
    One-hour floor show (8 pm) and dance (9 pm)
    Announcements, Twin Falls Times News:
    • 1954-11-15
    • 1954-11-12
    • 1954-11-09
    • 1954-11-08
    • 1954-11-05
    • 1954-11-07
    • 1954-11-08
    .. ..
    added 2013-04-23
    1954 11 28
    Sunday
    .Bridgeport, Conn.Ritz Ballroom BptDance
    Ad, Bridgeport Telegram, 1954-11-18, p.102
    Announcement, Bridgeport Sunday Post 1954-11-28, p.42
    ...djpAdded 2012-08-06
    1954 11 30...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Louie Bellson, drummer, begins 5 weeks of subbing for Dave Black.
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-10
    1954 11 30
    Tuesday
    1955 01 02
    Sunday
    New York, N.Y.Basin Street East
    or simply Basin Street
    51st St. off Broadway
    APPEARING NITELY EXCEPT MON. DUKE ELLINGTON HIS ORCH. and SHOW featuring LOUIS (sic) BELLSON.
    5 weeks, Mondays off.
    Appearing beside Ellington - pianist Alec Templeton and the Don Shirley Duo.
    ....djpadded 2011

    updated 2012-11-12

    December 1954

    1954 12 01
    Wednesday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 02
    Thursday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 03
    Friday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 04
    Saturday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 05
    Sunday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 06
    Monday
    ...day off ......
    1954 12 07
    Tuesday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 08
    Wednesday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 09
    Thursday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 10
    Friday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 11
    Saturday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 12
    Sunday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 13
    Monday
    ...day off ......
    1954 12 14
    Tuesday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 15
    Wednesday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 16
    Thursday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 17
    Friday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 18
    Saturday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 19
    Sunday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 20
    Monday
    ...day off ......
    1954 12 21
    Tuesday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 22
    Wednesday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 23
    Thursday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 24
    Friday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 25
    Saturday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 26
    Sunday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 27
    Monday
    ...day off ......
    1954 12 28.New York, N.Y..Television appearance
    "Steve Allen Show"
    .DE5419...added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 28
    Tuesday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 29
    Wednesday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 30
    Thursday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1954 12 31
    Friday
    8:30 pm
    .New York, N.Y.WRCA radioAppearance on, or guest-hosting of, broadcaster Dave Garroway's radio show "Friday with Garroway"
    • Radio listing, Brooklyn Eagle, 1954-12-31
    • Yonkers Herald-Statesman 1954-12-31, p.14
    ...djpadded 2012-11-12
    1954 12 31
    Friday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Street EastClub date (continued)
    New Years Eve NBC network radio(?) feed (1)

    New Years Eve WCBS-TV broadcast "NEW YORK - ANP - Duke Ellington's orchestra will usher in the New Year here on the CBS New Year's Eve Dancing Pary. Duke's orchestra will be broadcast across the nation, as part of a program in which 20 name bands will participate in an around-the-clock presentation of the nation's leading musical aggregations."(2)
    (2)
    • Yonkers Herald-Statesman 1954-12-31, p.14
    • The Chicago Defender national edition 1955-01-01 p.7
    .
    (1) DE5420.(1)
    • corrTimner-4/24+31+35
    • Ole J. Nielsen Jazz Records Vol.6,p.148
    Nick Fernandes, Carl Hällström, djpadded 2011

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    The Duke – Where and When

    Duke Ellington's Working Life and Travels

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    1955


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    January 1955

    1955 00 00.U.S.A.Leonard Feather interview
    Unknown time and place
    .DE903711,2-6
    04,2-16
    NDCS 1058.added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1955 01 01
    Saturday
    8 pm
    .New York, N.Y.."Stage Show"
    CBS-TV broadcast featuring the Dorsey Brothers orchestra - Ellington performed with them without his band on this CBS television show broadcast nationally by WCBS-TV at 8 pm.
    • Stratemann p.354 and pp.674-675
    • Long Island Star-Journal, 1954-12-31, p.16
    DE550193,1-4Nielsen, Jazz Records, 1942-80, vol. 6 Ellington..added 2011

    updated 2012-11-13
    1955 01 01
    Saturday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1955 01 02
    Sunday
    .New York, N.Y.Basin Streetsee 1954 11 30
    end of run
    .....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1955 01 02...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Wendell Marshall, bass, leaves the band after the Basin Street engagement and is replaced by Jimmy Woode, born 1916.
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
    1955 01 06
    Thursday
    .Fulton, N.Y.State Theatre"3 hour concert of stellar musicians"

    "For this top-notch musical attraction scarcely 250 tickets were sold..."
    Fulton Patriot
    • Announcement 1954-12-16
    • Review 1955-01-13
    ...agpadded 2012-08-20
    1955 01 14
    Friday
    1955 01 15
    Saturday
    Reading, Penn. Rajah TheatreTwo day theatre bookingStratemann, p.354, citing Vairiety 1955-01-12 p58.....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-12
    1955 01 15
    Saturday
    .ReadingRajah Theatresee 1955 01 14.....2011
    1955 01 19
    Wednesday
    1955 01 20PlainvilleWrihgt's......2011
    1955 01 21
    Friday
    ...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Louie Bellson leaves the band but will record with it in October 1956 and August 1963
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-10
    1955 01 22
    Saturday
    ...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Dave Black, drummer, rejoins the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11
    1955 01 26
    Wednesday
    .New York, N.Y.Fine Sound StudioLawrence Brown recording session.00,1-20...2011

    February 1955

    1955 02 081955 02 15Québec, P.Q., CanadaEn Vedette À La Porte St.-JeanRestaurant/club engagement at à La Porte St.-JeanProgramme or menu cover
    "En vedette a La Porte St.-Jean, Duke Ellington et son orchestre au complet du 8 au 15 Fevrier inclus,"
    autographed by Ellington, the first Queen of Carnaval and two Carnaval duchesses.
    ...CAH, KG, DJP2012-07-06
    1955 02 17.BurlingtonBrant Inn..DE5502...2011
    1955 02 241955 02 28Newport (R.I.)Navy Base......2011

    March 1955

    1955 03 011955 03 06Newport (R.I.)Navy Base......2011
    1955 03 09.New York, N.Y.."MasqueradeParty" TV.....2011
    1955 03 16.New York, N.Y.Carnegie Hall..DE5503
    DE5504
    09,2-5
    84,3-6
    EllUptphotos.2011
    1955 03 251955 03 31Boston, Mass.Storyville......2011

    April 1955

    1955 04 01
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 02
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 03
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 04
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 05
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 06
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 07
    Thursday
    .St. Petersburg, Fla.St. Petersburg Coliseum
    Possibly a dance since the venue is a ballroom.
    Publicity, St. Petersburg Times, 1955-04-03, section D...djpadded 2013-02-08
    1955 04 08
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 09
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 10
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 11
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 12
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 13
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 14
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 15
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 16
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 17
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 18
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 19
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 20
    Wednesday
    .Washington, D.C.National Guard ArmoryBenefit concert.DE550582,3-5..added 2011

    updated 2013-02-14
    1955 04 21
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 22
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 23
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 24
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 25
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 26
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 27
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 28
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 29
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 04 30
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.

    May 1955

    1955 05 01
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 02
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 03
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 04
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 05
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 06
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 07
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 08
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 09
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 10
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 11
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 12
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 13
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 14
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 15
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 16
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 17
    Tuesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Universal Stud..DE550604,3-58
    97,1-2
    95,3-7
    84,1-6
    83,4-3
    ..2011
    1955 05 18
    Wednesday
    .Chicago, Ill.Universal Stud..DE550705,1-33
    97,1-2
    95,3-7
    84,1-6
    83,4-3
    ..2011
    1955 05 19
    Thursday
    .Chicago, Ill.Universal Stud..DE550897,2-21
    97,1-2
    95,3-7
    84,1-6
    corrTimner-4/24.2011
    1955 05 20
    Friday
    .Minneapolis, Minn.Northrop Auditorium
    University of Minnesota
    Concert..96,2-4..added 2011

    updated 2013-02-14
    1955 05 21
    Saturday
    .Minneapolis, Minn.Coffman Memorial Union
    University of Minnesota
    Concert and dance..96,2-4..added 2011

    updated 2013-02-14
    1955 05 22
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 23
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 24
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 25
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 26
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 27
    Friday
    1955 05 30Salt Lake CityNew Lagoon Patio Gard....96,2-4..2011
    1955 05 28
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 29
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 30
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 05 31
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.

    June 1955

    1955 06 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Dave Black leaves the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11
    1955 06 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Willie Cook leaves the band in mid June, but returns in August
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11
    1955 06 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Paul Gonsalves leaves the band in mid-June
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-12
    1955 06 07
    Tuesday
    7:20 pm
    .Vancouver, B.C. CBUT Television Studio
    Georgia and Bute Streets
    CBC interview on television show "Almanac" and possibly a nationally broadcast CJOR radio interview on the "highbrow" "Town Hall in Canada".

    Jack Wasserman's Vancouver Sun column says Ellington was in the shower when he was already supposed to be at CBUT. Once outside the studio, he didn't want to do the TV show, protesting he wouldn't look good because he hadn't had enough sleep. However, when an attractive female CBC staffer came to the door, he stampeded in.
    Jack Wasserman's Vancouver Sun column, 1955-06-08...djpadded 2012-10-28
    1955 06 07
    Tuesday
    8:30 pm
    .Vancouver, B.C.Exhibition GardensFour hour concert and dance sponsored by Kinsmen Club of Vancouver

    Tickets $2 at the door.

    Panned by Vancouver Sun's critic.
    • Ad, Vancouver Sun, 1955-06-07
    • Review, Vancouver Sun, 1955-06-08
    ...djpadded 2012-10-28
    1955 06 11.PortlandJantzen Beach Ballroom..DE550904,3-58
    82,3-5
    ..2011
    1955 06 --.Denver, Col..Interview.DE5510...2011
    1955 06 22...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Since only Local 802 musicians were allowed to play the Aquacade, Britt Woodman, Willie Cook, Rick Henderson, Paul Gonsalves and Dave Black were dropped from the band, to be replaced by Ward Silloway, Jimmy Spear, Virgil Davis (alto sax), John Kulp and Jack Maisel for the engagement.
    • New Desor vol.2
    • Stratemann
      p.355
    djpAdded 2012-10-11
    1955 06 22...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Drummer Jack Maisel joins the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
    1955 06 221955 08 02Flushing, Long Island, N.Y.Flushing Meadows Amphitheatre"Aquacade" show
    .....added 2011

    updated 2012-10-11

    July 1955

    1955 07 011955 07 31Flushing MeadowsAmphi"Aquacade".....2011
    1955 07 08...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Jack Maisel leaves the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
    1955 07 09...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Drummer Sam Woodyard, born 1925 01 07, joins the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-25
    1955 07 09.New York, N.Y.."America'sGreatestB".DE5511...2011
    1955 07 17.Newport.Jazz Festival Duke MasterOfCeremony..06,1-33Morton p92.2011
    1955 07 20.New York, N.Y.."Frankie Laine Time"
    TV variety show appearance with Connie Russell, George DeWitt and Shirley MacLaine.
    ad, San Antonio Express 1955-07-27, p.30 .DE5512..djp added 2011
    updated 2012-08-04
    1955 07 26...Date of a contract between "Frank Holzfeind The Blue Note," Duke Ellington Inc. and Associated Booking Corporation to provide 15 musicians "under the leadership of Duke Ellington Inc., owner, agrees to present Duke Ellington" for two 5-day 30-hour weeks, with Sunday matinee, at the Blue Note Cafe commencing December 21, 1955 for $5,000/week.

    "Contract price $5,000 per week less 10% to ABC."

    This is a new version of the contract that says, "The performances to be rendered pursuant to this agreement are not to be recorded, reproduced, or transmitted from the place of performance, in any manner or by any means whatsoever, in the absence of a specific written agreement between the Employer and the Federation relating to and permitting such recording, reproduction or transmission."
    Contract, Stratemann files, courtesy Monika Stratemann....added 2012-11-03
    1955 07 26.New York, N.Y."Music '55"DE5513..06,2-36
    03,1-10
    Stratemann 357 Stratemann 359photos LifeWebphoto.2011
    1955 summer .New York, N.Y.Voa InterviewDE5514.....2011

    August 1955

    1955 08 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Paul Gonsalves, returns to the band in mid-August
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-12
    1955 08 011955 08 02Flushing MeadowsAmphi"Aquacade".....2011
    1955 08 02...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Virgil Davis leaves the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11
    1955 08 02...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Ward Silloway leaves the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-25
    1955 08 02...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Jimmy Spear leaves the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-25
    1955 08 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Johnny Hodges rejoins the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
    1955 08 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Willie Cook, trumpet, rejoins the band in mid-August
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11
    1955 08 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Trombonist Britt Woodman rejoins the band in mid-August
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-25
    1955 08 28.New York, N.Y."Monitor" Nbc-BroadcastDE5515.....2011

    September 1955

    1955 09 08...J.Hodges recording session..99,4-19..2011
    1955 09 11.Rochester, N.Y.Goldengrill.....Agustěn Perez Gasco jun112011
    1955 09 14.New York, N.Y.Fine Sound StudioL.Brown recording session..00,1-20..2011
    1955 09 161955 09 22Washington, D.C.Howard TheatreTheatre appearance:
    "Duke Ellington and the finest band he has ever assembled with - ...world's greatest harpist, Betty Glamann"
    The poster included the Star-Brite Revue, an exotic dancer, and a Technicolor film, Outlaw Stallion.
    Poster on the Howard Theatre website...djpupdated 2012-07-31
    1955 09 17.New York, N.Y.Fine Sound StudioL.Brown recording session..00,1-20..2011
    1955 09 231955 09 29New York, N.Y.Apollo Theater
    253 W. 125th St., Borough of Manhattan, Harlem district
    ......2011
    1955 09 30.Hudson FallsHigh Sch......2011

    October 1955

    1955 10 01
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 10 02
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 10 03
    Monday
    1955 10 08Aylmer, P.Q.Gatineau Golf & Country Club.....djpadded 2011

    updated 2013-06-01
    1955 10 04
    Tuesday
    .Aylmer, P.Q.Gatineau Golf & Country ClubSee 1955 10 03.....2011
    1955 10 05
    Wednesday
    .Aylmer, P.Q.Gatineau Golf & Country ClubSee 1955 10 03.....2011
    1955 10 06
    Thursday
    .Aylmer, P.Q.Gatineau Golf & Country ClubSee 1955 10 03.....2011
    1955 10 07
    Friday
    .Aylmer, P.Q.Gatineau Golf & Country ClubSee 1955 10 03.....2011
    1955 10 08
    Saturday
    .Aylmer, P.Q.Gatineau Golf & Country ClubSee 1955 10 03.....2011
    1955 10 09
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 10 10
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 10 11
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 10 12
    Wednesday
    .Columbus, Oh.Rollerland......2011
    1955 10 13
    Thursday
    .Oberlin, Oh.Oberlin College......2011
    1955 10 14
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 10 15
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 10 16
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 10 17
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 10 18
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 10 19
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 10 20
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 10 21
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 10 22
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 10 23
    Sunday
    .Breckenridge, Minn.American Legion Dance Pavilion
    Dance
    Ad, Fergus Falls (Minn.) Daily Journal, 1955-10-07, p.6...djp
    added 2013-06-01
    1955 10 24
    Monday
    .New York, N.Y..Ustd recording session,.DE551602,3-12..2011

    November 1955

    1955 11 00...Peripheral event
    Stratemann says Ellington was booked into the Moulin Rouge (West Las Vegas)from Nov. 1 to 27, but the club shut down shortly before they arrived. The band was 'forced out on a series of one-nighters across the country to the coast.'

    The Moulin Rouge, the first Las Vegas fully integrated hotel and casino, opened in May and declared bankruptcy by December.
    • Stratemann p.361
    • Vail II
    .Added 2013-05-26
    1955 11 --...West Coast Concert.DE5517...2011
    1955 11 --...West Coast Concert.DE5518...2011
    1955 11 01
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 02
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 03
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 04
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 05
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 06
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 07
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 08
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 09
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 10.Boston, Mass.City HospitalDeath of “Junior” Raglin

    The bassist was taken to hospital by ambulance on Nov.9 after being found in a coma by the landlady of his rooming house. The police blotter listed cause of death as alcoholism.
    Vail II showing an unattributed clippingdjpAdded 2012 10 11
    Updated 2013-05-26
    1955 11 10
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 11
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 12
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 13
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 14
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 15
    Tuesday
    .Vancouver, B.C.Exhibition Gardens
    Hastings Park
    Renfrew St.

    Dance
    Advertised as Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra with Johnny Hodges of Combo Fame and Jimmy Grissom, Ray Nance, Cat Anderson.

    Local disc jockey Jack Cullen got in trouble with the police on Nov. 7 for posting signs downtown advertising the show.

    Vancouver Sun
    • Wasserman column, 1955-11-08, p.23
    • Ad, 1955-11-15 p.20
    ...djp
    added 2013-05-26
    1955 11 16
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 17
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 18
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 19
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 20
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 21
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 22
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 11 23
    Wednesday
    1955 12 05Los Angeles, Cal.Zardi's
    (Zardi's Jassland?)
    6315 Hollywood at Vine
    Club date
    • Stratemann p.361, citing Variety 1955-11-16, p.55
    • Billboard 1955-11-19 p.14
    ....added 2011

    updated 2013-05-26
    1955 11 24
    Thursday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Zardi'sClub date - see 1955 11 23.....2011
    1955 11 25
    Friday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Zardi'sClub date - see 1955 11 23.....2011
    1955 11 26
    Saturday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Zardi'sClub date - see 1955 11 23.....2011
    1955 11 27
    Sunday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Zardi'sClub date - see 1955 11 23.DE5519...2011
    1955 11 28
    Monday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Zardi'sClub date - see 1955 11 23.....2011
    1955 11 29
    Tuesday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Zardi'sClub date - see 1955 11 23.....2011
    1955 11 30
    Wednesday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Zardi'sClub date - see 1955 11 23.....2011

    December 1955

    1955 12 01
    Thursday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Zardi'sClub date - see 1955 11 23.....2011
    1955 12 02
    Friday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Zardi'sClub date - see 1955 11 23.....2011
    1955 12 03
    Saturday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Zardi'sClub date - see 1955 11 23.DE5520...2011
    1955 12 04
    Sunday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Zardi'sClub date - see 1955 11 23.DE5521...2011
    1955 12 05
    Monday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Zardi'sClub date - see 1955 11 23.....2011
    1955 12 06
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 12 07
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 12 08
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 12 09
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 12 10
    Saturday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 12 11
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1955 12 12
    Monday
    .Hamilton, Ont.Forum...10,1-15
    09,3-20
    ..2011
    1955 12 13
    Tuesday
    .Dodge City, Kans.Auditorium..DE5522.corrTimner-4/24+35.2011
    1955 12 211955 12 31Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ...92,1-2..2011
    1955 12 29.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ..DE901100,3-24
    00,2-22
    NDCS 1025.2011
    1955 12 31.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ..DE5523...2011



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    Date added
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    January 1956

    1956 01 011956 01 02Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ...09,3-5
    92,1-2
    ..2011
    1956 01 03.Chicago, Ill.Universal St..DE560192,1-2
    88,2-1
    corrTimner-4/24+31.2011
    1956 01 09.Toledo, Oh.Museum Of Art......2011
    1956 01 11...J.Hodges recording session..00,4-10
    00,3-19
    ..2011
    1956 01 12...J.Hodges recording session..00,4-10..2011
    1956 01 121956 01 28New York, N.Y.Cafe Society Dt......2011
    1956 01 22.New York, N.Y.Cafe Society Dt..DE5602...2011
    1956 01 23.New York, N.Y.30thst Studios..DE560301,3-22/25
    97,4-10
    97,3-20
    93,2-2
    89,4-4
    89,3-5
    ..2011
    1956 01 27.New York, N.Y.30thst Studios..DE560402,3-23
    01,3-22
    97,4-10
    97,3-20
    93,2-2
    ..2011
    1956 01 28.New York, N.Y.Cafe Society Dt..DE5605...2011

    February 1956

    1956 02 07.Chicago, Ill.Universal St...DE560601,3-16
    98,2-11
    94,1-1
    93,2-3
    91,2-3
    89,1-17
    82,3-4
    81,4-1
    corrTimner-4
    ..2011
    1956 02 08.Hollywood, Cal.Radio RecR.Clooney dub onto.DE5603 +DE560401,3-22/23
    01,3-16
    01,2-29
    ..2011
    1956 02 11.Hollywood, Cal.Radio RecR.Clooney dub onto.DE5603 + DE560401,3-22/23
    01,2-29
    ..2011
    1956 02 16New York City, N.Y.."Adventuresinjazz"......2011
    1956 02 28.Daytona BeachBethune-Cookman College Moore GyMNASIUM....adAgustěn Perez Gasco aug112011

    March 1956

    1956 03 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Willie Cook leaves the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11
    1956 03 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Ray Nance leaves the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
    1956 03 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Trumpeter Cadillac Wiliams rejoins the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-25
    1956 03 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Jesse Drakes, trumpet, joins the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11
    1956 03 01.St PetersburgColis.......2011
    1956 03 07.FrankfortKentucky Col......2011
    1956 03 10.Lawrence, Ks.Kansas University Student UnionGreek Week ball.Hutchison News Herald, 1956-03-18..... 2011, updated 2012-07-25
    1956 03 13.NormanOklah.University......2011
    1956 03 15.Poplar Bluff, Mo........2011
    1956 03 15.DavenportMasonic Auditorium......2011
    1956 03 17.Chicago, Ill.Universal St.......2011
    1956 03 17.La Salle, Ill.Valley Ballroom...92,1-2..2011
    1956 03 18.Chicago, Ill.Universal St...DE560710,3-2
    92,1-2
    88,2-1
    corrTimner-4/24.2011
    1956 03 19
    Monday
    .Chicago, Ill.Universal St...DE560810,3-2
    09,1-35
    98,3-23
    92,1-2
    88,2-1
    86,2-10
    86,2-1
    86,1-3
    corrTimner-4/24+31.2011
    1956 03 21
    Wednesday
    .DecaturKintner Gym......2011
    1956 03 26
    Monday
    1956 04 01
    Monday
    Boston, Mass.StoryvilleNight club engagement (1)

    Sometime during this engagement, Ellington was made an honorary member of the national music fraternity Kappa Gamma Phi, by the New England Conservatory of Music Alpha Chapter.(2)
    (1) Stratemann
    p.362, citing Variety 1956-03-28, p74

    (2) Baltimore Afro-American, 1956-05-12, p7.
    ....added 2011

    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 03 27
    Tuesday
    .Boston, Mass.Storyvillesee 1956 03 26.....added 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 03 28
    Wednesday
    1956 03 27
    Tuesday
    .Boston, Mass.Storyvillesee 1956 03 26.....added 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 03 29
    Thursday
    1956 03 27
    Tuesday
    .Boston, Mass.Storyvillesee 1956 03 26.....added 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 03 30...Date of contract between "Frank Holzfeind The Blue Note," Duke Ellington Inc. and Associated Booking Corporation to provide 15 musicians and a vocalist led by Duke Ellington for two 5-day 32-hour weeks, with Sunday matinee at the Blue Note, 3 N. Clark St., commencing August 22, 1956 for $5,000/week less 10% to ABC.

    This contract has the same provision re recording, reproduction or broadcast.
    Contract, Stratemann files, courtesy Monika Stratemann....added 2012-11-03
    1956 03 30
    Friday
    1956 03 27
    Tuesday
    .Boston, Mass.Storyvillesee 1956 03 26.....added 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 03 31
    Saturday
    1956 03 27
    Tuesday
    .Boston, Mass.Storyvillesee 1956 03 26.....added 2011
    updated 2012-12-03

    April 1956

    1956 04 01
    Monday
    1956 03 27
    Tuesday
    .Boston, Mass.Storyvillesee 1956 03 26.....added 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 04 021956 04 03PassaicCentral Theatre......2011
    1956 04 07.Elmira NyState Armory......2011
    1956 04 08.Rochester, N.Y.Goldengrill.....Agustěn Perez Gasco jun112011
    1956 04 09...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Jesse Drakes leaves the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11
    1956 04 101956 04 15New York, N.Y.Basin Street East......2011
    1956 04 14.New York, N.Y.Basin Street East..DE560902,1-25
    01,3-25
    93,2-6
    93,1-8
    91,2-5
    91,1-5
    90,4-3
    90,1-2
    NDCS 1033
    corrTimner-4/25+31+35
    .2011
    1956 04 --.New York, N.Y.Basin Street EastDE5610.....2011
    1956 04 16.DoylestownHigh School......2011
    1956 04 22...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Trumpeter Moon Mullins is in the band for three days.
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
    1956 04 23.Newport NewsSports Are......2011
    1956 04 24...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Cadillac Wiliams leaves the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-25
    1956 04 25...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Willie Cook, trumpet, rejoins the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11
    1956 04 25...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Ray Nance rejoins the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
    1956 04 28.Norfolk.......2011
    1956 04 30.Durham N.C.CollegeThis is probably A & T College

    Dance
    DEMS reports that band boy Bobby Boyd told Ewing that in the middle of this date, Ellington called for Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue, which the band had not played for years. Gonsalves played 36 choruses, and the crowd went wild. These charts were only played one more time, in concert, before Newport.
    Stratemann, p.363
    Afro-American 1956-05-12, p.7
    .90,1-5..added 2011

    updated 2012-12-03

    May 1956

    1956 05 02
    Wednesday
    .Winston-SalemColiseum......2011
    1956 05 07
    Monday
    .Tulsa, Okla.Cimarron Ballroom......2011
    1956 05 08
    Tuesday
    1956 05 09
    Wednesday
    Queen CityOil Jubilee......2011
    1956 05 10
    Thursday
    1956 06 06
    Wednesday
    Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo HotelThe Ellington orchestra played the first performance each night, and shared the billing with a comedian and a pianist, with Ellington as emcee. The finale was One O'Clock Jump performed by the pianist with the orchestra.

    Ellington's orchestra backed the other acts including the dance line.

    One recording of the Ellington band during this engagement was recorded sometime in May 1956. Titles performed were:
    • Take the A Train
    • V I P Boogie
    • Jam With Sam
    • I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
    • Flamingo
    • Monologue
    • Hey, Cherie
    • Medley
      • Don't Get Around Much Anymore
      • Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
      • In a Sentimental Mood
      • Mood Indigo
      • I'm Beginning to See the Light
      • Sophisticated Lady
      • Caravan
      • It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
      • Solitude
      • C-Jam Blues
      • I Let A Song Go Out of My Heart
    Stratemann, p.363, citing Down Beat 1956-06-13 and Variety 1956-05-23 p 80
    DE5611..djpadded 2011

    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 11
    Friday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 12
    Saturday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 13
    Sunday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 14
    Monday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 15
    Tuesday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 16
    Wednesday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 17
    Thursday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 18
    Friday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 19
    Saturday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 20
    Sunday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 21
    Monday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 22
    Tuesday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 23
    Wednesday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 24
    Thursday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 25
    Friday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 26
    Saturday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 27
    Sunday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 28
    Monday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 29
    Tuesday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 30
    Wednesday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 05 31
    Thursday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03

    June 1956

    1956 06 01
    Friday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 06 02
    Saturday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 06 03
    Sunday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 06 04
    Monday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 06 05
    Tuesday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 06 06
    Wednesday
    .Las Vegas, Nev.Flamingo Hotelsee 1956 05 10....djpadded 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 06 07
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1956 06 08
    Friday
    1956 06 17
    Sunday
    San Francisco, Cal.Macumba ClubThe Afro-American reported the San Francisco Macumba Club was jammed for Duke Ellington's opening.
    • Stratemann, p.363
    • "Theatrical Whirl" column, Baltimore Afro-American,
      • 1956-05-05
      • 1956-07-03, p.17
    ....added 2011

    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 06 09
    Saturday
    .San Francisco, Cal.Macumba Club......added 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 06 10
    Sunday
    .San Francisco, Cal.Macumba Club......added 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 06 11
    Monday
    .San Francisco, Cal.Macumba Club......added 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 06 12
    Tuesday<
    .San Francisco, Cal..Guest appearance on the "Don Sherwood Show"...Stratemann, p.363, citing DESB.added 2011

    updated 2013-02-11
    1956 06 12
    Tuesday
    .San Francisco, Cal.Macumba Club......added 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 06 13
    Wednesday
    7 pm
    .San Francisco, Cal..Guest appearance on the "Bob Scobey Show" television show...Stratemann 363 photo.2011
    1956 06 13
    Wednesday
    .San Francisco, Cal.Macumba Club......added 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 06 14
    Thursday
    .San Francisco, Cal.Macumba Club......added 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 06 15
    Friday
    .San Francisco, Cal.Macumba Club......added 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 06 16
    Saturday
    .San Francisco, Cal.Macumba Club......added 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 06 17
    Sunday
    .San Francisco, Cal.Macumba Club......added 2011
    updated 2012-12-03
    1956 06 18
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1956 06 19
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1956 06 20
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1956 06 21
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1956 06 22
    Friday
    1956 06 23
    Saturday
    OgdenPatio Gardens Ballroom......2011
    1956 06 23
    Saturday
    .OgdenPatio Gardens Ballroomsee 1956 06 22.....2011
    1956 06 24
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1956 06 25
    Monday
    .activity not documented.
    1956 06 26
    Tuesday
    .Denver, Col.Univers Stadium......2011
    1956 06 27
    Wednesday
    .activity not documented.
    1956 06 28
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1956 06 29
    Friday
    .MadisonUnion Theatre......2011
    1956 06 30
    Saturday
    .Chicago, Ill.Trianon Ballroom......2011

    July 1956

    1956 07 01
    Sunday
    .activity not documented.
    1956 07 02.Ann Arbor, Mich.Hill Auditorium
    University of Michigan
    ..DE561201,3-22
    01,2-29
    NDCS 1031
    newspaper-clip
    R.Steiger jul112011
    1956 07 03
    Tuesday
    .activity not documented.
    1956 07 04
    Wednesday
    .Detroit, Mich.State Fairgrounds......2011
    1956 07 05
    Thursday
    .activity not documented.
    1956 07 06
    Friday
    .activity not documented.
    1956 07 07
    Saturday
    .Newport, R.I.Freebody ParkAmerican Jazz Festival
    a.k.a. Newport Jazz Festival
    This is the concert was the rebirth of the Ellington orchestra in which Paul Gonsalves took the audience by storm with his famous legendary solo in the interval between Diminuendo in Blue and Crescendo in Blue.

    Ellington was not under contract to Columbia, but Columbia producer George Avakian had him under a special contract. According to Mr. Avakian, the Columbia microphone was marked with a white tape or white flag, so Paul would know which mike to play into. However, Paul was high on heroin, and soloed into the Voice of America microphone instead. Consequently, his solo was not heard well on Columbia's recordings from the concert and it wasn't until many years later that Avakian was able to arrange for the Voice of America recording to be released to American listeners.
    .DE5613
    • VARphoto
    • Hasse320 photo
    • Webphoto
    • Morton photos
    • corrTimner-4/25
    djpadded 2011

    updated 2013-02-11
    1956 07 08
    Sunday
    .New London, Conn.Danceland
    Ocean Park
    ....Morton 204.2011
    1956 07 09
    Monday
    .New York, N.Y.7th Avenue Columbia Studio DCBS recording session
    Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
    Cook, Anderson, Terry, Nance, Woodman, Jackson, Sanders, Hamilton, Procope, Hodges, Gonsalves, Carney, Ellington, Woode, Woodyard, Grissom.

    Titles recorded:
    • Newport Jazz Festival Suite 1. Festival Junction
    • Newport Jazz Festival Suite 2. Blues To Be There
    • Newport Jazz Festival Suite 3. Newport Up
    • Jeep's Blues
    .DE5614.Stratemann pp 363-364djpadded 2011

    updated 2013-02-12
    1956 07 09
    Monday
    .New York, N.Y.."Time Life Promo".DE561507,3-43
    00,4-6
    99,5-24
    99,4-16
    98,3-21
    92,3-1
    88,2-3
    Stratemann 367
    Morton 204
    .2011
    1956 07 10
    Tuesday
    .New Haven, Conn.Hincks Memorial Shell
    (Yale Bowl?)
    Bowl Pops outdoor concert managed by the New Haven Junior Chamber of Commerce.
    Duke Ellington and his orchestra with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra
    New Desor indicates Ellington and his Orchestra performed New World A-Comin,' Night Creature and Harlem with the NHSO, with encores such as Take the A Train and Mood Indigo.

    Ellington performed Monologue with Hamilton, Procope and Careny, and the band played the Medley. After the intermission, the New Haven Symphony was to perform compositions by Dvorak, Tucci and Enesco.

    Ellington was the first jazz musician to appear here with his entire orchestra; Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw appeared in earlier years, but without their bands.
    Sunday Herald, New Haven edition, 1956-07-08-ad and publicity.DE561609,3-5
    01,1-28
    NDCS 1095djpadded 2011

    updated 2013-02-12
    1956 07 14.GloucesterHigh School......2011
    1956 07 15.LenoxTanglewood..DE561707,1-20
    80,4-2
    ..2011
    1956 07 17.Bala (Can)Dunn's Pavil......2011
    1956 07 18.Stratford.Festival.DE561810,1-28
    05,1-38+43
    90,2-7
    87,3-4
    ..2011
    1956 07 19.BurlingtonBrant Inn..DE561905,1-43
    90,1-6
    ..2011
    1956 07 20.StratfordFestival...05,1-43..2011
    1956 07 21.BurlingtonBrant Inn..DE562005,1-43
    90,1-6
    corrTimner-4
    (credit JackChambersfor 05,1-43 entries).2011
    1956 07 24.Buffalo, N.Y.Kleinhans Music......2011
    1956 07 25.Cleveland, Oh.Severance Hall..DE5621...2011
    1956 07 26.ErieWaldemeer's Gardens......2011
    1956 07 28.FairfieldStadium Bowl..DE562210,1-15
    09,3-20
    04,3-56
    97,3-19
    93,3-5
    87,4-3
    86,2-1
    82,1-6
    ..2011
    1956 07 29.New York, N.Y..Broadcast "Best In Music".DE5623...2011

    August 1956

    1956 08 01.New York, N.Y.CBS StudiosTc "FrankieLaineTime".DE5624.corrTimner-4/25+31+35.2011
    1956 08 02.Ellenville, N.Y..Empire State Jazz Festival>
    Although Stratemann p.365 says Ellington played the sole jazz concert, the Daily Freeman announced "Jazz in the Catskills

    Duke Ellington orchestra, Dave Brubeck quartet, Sarah Vaughan, George Shearing quintet, Erroll Garner trio, Bobby Hackett band, Coleman Hawkins and Buck Clayton will highlight the Jazz Festival at Ellenville, Aug.2 to 4, in the huge tent on the site of the Empire State Music Festival. The Jazz Festival, featuring outstanding artists, is the first concert program of this nature to be offered to residents and vacationists in the Catskill Mountainsarea. Produced by Kenneth Lee Karpe...the Jazz Festival at Ellenville will give performances on Thursday evening at 8:45; Friday evening at both 8:30 and 11:45 and Saturday at 9 p.m. The Duke Ellington concert will kick off the Jazz Festival Thursday night at 8:45."(1)
    (1) Kingston Daily Freeman, 1956-07-28, p.5....added 2011

    updated 2012-11-09
    1956 08 05.New London, Conn.Danceland......2011
    1956 08 07.New York, N.Y.Columbia Studio..DE562505,2-36
    01,2-29
    99,4-18
    85,1-7
    corrTimner-4/25+31+35
    NDCS 1005
    .2011
    1956 08 08.Buffalo, N.Y.Memorial Auditorium......2011
    1956 08 11.Mahoney CityLakewood Ballroom......2011
    1956 08 141956 08 16Terre Haute, Ind.Valley Fair......2011
    1956 08 17.LexingtonJoyland Casino......2011
    1956 08 17.??? .Voa-Broadcast WillisConover interv...Ripmaster 202.2011
    1956 08 20...Timemagazine Cover...Stratemann 366photo.2011
    1956 08 221956 08 31Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ......2011
    1956 08 26.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ..DE5626...2011

    September 1956

    1956 09 01...J.Hodges recording session.00,3-19...2011
    1956 09 011956 09 03Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ......2011
    1956 09 02.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ..DE5627...2011
    1956 09 09.Buffalo, N.Y.Town Casino......2011
    1956 09 101956 09 15Toronto, Ont.Colonial Tavern......2011
    1956 09 16.Buffalo, N.Y.Town Casino..DE562809,2-22corrTimner-4/25.2011
    1956 09 17.New York, N.Y.30thst Studio..DE562908,1-24
    07,1-42
    03,2-18
    02,2-16
    00,1-25
    98,2-24
    80,1-3
    79,5-2
    ..2011
    1956 09 181956 09 24Pennsauken, N.J.Red Hill Inn......2011
    1956 09 24.New York, N.Y.30thst Studio..DE563008,1-24
    03,2-18
    02,2-16
    80,1-3
    79,5-2
    ..2011
    1956 09 25.New York, N.Y.30thst Studio..DE563108,1-24
    04,3-14
    03,2-18
    02,2-16
    80,1-3
    79,5-2
    ..2011
    1956 09 27.Ft Dix Sports Arena.......2011
    1956 09 28.New York, N.Y.30thst Studio..DE563208,1-24
    04,3-14
    03,2-18
    02,2-16
    80,1-3
    79,5-2
    ..2011

    October 1956

    1956 10 05.TampaFort Homer Armo......2011
    1956 10 11.CharlotteOvens Auditorium......2011
    1956 10 15...Date of contract between "Frank Holzfeind The Blue Note," Duke Ellington Inc. and Associated Booking Corporation to provide 15 musicians and a vocalist led by "Duke Ellington Inc., presents Duke Ellington" to the Blue Note for "December 19, 1956 thru January 6th, 1957; 3 weeks", 32 hours per week, 5 day week, Sunday matinee.

    This contract includes a new provision:
    "It is understood and agreed that Duke Ellington is to receive headline billing in type equal to 100% on marquee and in any and all releases and paid advertising."

    The fee is $5,000/week less 10% to ABC.

    Same provision re recording, reproduction or broadcast.
    Contract, Stratemann files, courtesy Monika Stratemann....added 2012-11-03
    1956 10 17.OberlinFinney Chapel......2011
    1956 10 18.Huntington (W.Va).......2011
    1956 10 19.CambridgeElks Ball......2011
    1956 10 20.HanoverDartmouth Coll......2011
    1956 10 22.New York, N.Y.7thave Columbia Studio..DE563308,1-24
    04,3-14
    03,2-18
    02,2-16
    80,1-3
    79,5-2
    ..2011
    1956 10 23.New York, N.Y.30sthst Studio..DE563408,1-24
    03,2-18
    02,2-16
    80,1-3
    79,5-2
    ..2011
    1956 10 24.Brooklyn, N.Y.Academy Music......2011
    1956 10 25.Washington, D.C.Constitution......2011
    1956 10 26.Garden CityG.C.Hotel......2011
    1956 10 28.Boston, Mass.Hancock Hall X2......2011
    1956 10 31
    Wednesday
    .New York, N.Y.Front of Hotel Theresa
    125th St. & Seventh Ave.

    Grand Rally New York State Citizens for Eisenhower-Nixon and New York County Republican Committee
    Duke Ellington and His Band
    Billie Holliday (sic)are shown after the list of main speakers
    Ad in unidentified newspaper, 27-10-56, p.10 (possibly New York Age)...B.Koller-LYM 2012-11-10added 2012-11-10

    November 1956

    1956 11 081956 11 21New York, N.Y.Birdland......2011
    1956 11 18.New York, N.Y.Carnegie Hall 5pm......2011
    1956 11 18.New York, N.Y.Birdland..DE5635
    DE5636
    .corrTimner-4/25+31.2011
    1956 11 22.New York, N.Y..CBS telecast
    "Thanksgiving Festival"
    .DE5637...2011
    1956 11 231956 12 02Cleveland, Oh.Cotton Club
    East 4th and Huron
    ....ellingtonweb.ca.2011
    1956 11 23.Cleveland, Oh..DorothyFuldheim Interv.09,3-5...2011

    December 1956

    1956 12 011956 12 02Cleveland, Oh.Cotton Club....ellingtonweb.ca.2011
    1956 12 05.New York, N.Y.Manhattan Center......2011
    1956 12 06.New York, N.Y.30thst Studio..DE5638 08,3-21+38
    08,2-18
    08,1-24
    03,2-18
    99,5-8
    99,4-19
    97,2-7
    85,1-7
    80,1-3
    79,5-2
    corrTimner-4/25+31.2011
    1956 12 08.New BrunswickRutgers Un......2011
    1956 12 08.Pennsauken, N.J.Red Hill Innbroadcast "BandstandUSA".DE5639...2011
    1956 12 081956 12 15Pennsauken, N.J.Red Hill Inn......2011
    1956 12 09.Pennsauken, N.J.Red Hill Innbroadcast "BandstandUSA".DE5640...2011
    1956 12 15.Pennsauken, N.J.Red Hill InnBroadcast "Bandstand USA".DE5641...2011
    1956 12 18.Omaha, Neb.Civic AuditoriumDance preceded by a remote NBC live telecast
    "Wide Wide World"

    Ellington and his band arrived in Omaha on the 18th and were broadcast during a rehearsal for that night's dance while host Dave Garrowy remained in Chicago. The broadcast included a rehearsal of Congo Square and a medley.
    Stratemann, p.370.DE5642..Agustín Pérez Gasco Aug20102011added 2011

    updated 2012-09-21
    1956 12 191957 01 06Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ......2011
    1956 12 23.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ..DE5643...2011
    1956 12 30.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ..DE5644...2011
    1956 12 31.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ..DE5645...2011



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    January 1957

    1957 01 011957 01 06Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ......2011
    1957 01 01.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ..DE570185,1-7corrTimner-4/25.2011
    1957 01 06.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ..DE5702...2011
    1957 01 10...Date of contract between "Frank Holzfeind The Blue Note," Duke Ellington Inc. and Associated Booking Corporation to provide 15 musicians and 1 vocalist, led by "Duke Ellington Inc., presents Duke Ellington" to the Blue Note on July 10, 1957 for two weeks, 32 hours per week, 5 day week, Sunday Matinee.

    This contract includes the same headline billing and recording/broadcasting provisions, and a new term prohibiting advertising of this engagement before July 5, 1957.

    The fee continues to be $5,000/week less 10% to ABC.
    Contract, Stratemann files, courtesy Monika Stratemann....added 2012-11-03
    1957 01 10.GrinnellCollege..DE570394,1-1
    93,3-5
    ..2011
    1957 01 14.Springfield Ill.Armory.....APG2011
    1957 01 16.Jefferson City Ill.Lincoln Univ Gymnasium.....APG x32011
    1957 01 16.Chicago, Ill.Holiday Ballroom
    4847 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    ......2011
    1957 01 17.Chicago, Ill.Universal St..DE570409,1-35
    99,5-22
    89,3-1
    ..2011
    1957 01 20.Omaha, Neb..Ne NBC telecast 'wideWideWorld'....Agustěn Perez Gasco2011
    1957 01 26.Carbondale, Ill..Military Ball....APG x42011
    1957 01 27.Kenosha, WiscEagles Ballroom.....APG2011
    1957 01 29.Chicago, Ill.Universal Stud..DE570509,1-35..2011
    1957 01 29.Chicago, Ill.Regal Theatre....Stratemann 371.2011
    1957 01 29.EvanstonKahn Auditorium..DE570698,3-19
    95,2-9
    93,3-4
    92,4-7
    90,3-3
    89,3-1
    corrTimner-4/25.2011

    February 1957

    1957 02 --.Chicago, Ill.Universal St..DE5707.corrTimner-4/25+32.2011
    1957 02 02?.Pottstown, Penn. .Sunnybrook...adAgustin Perez Gasco aug112011
    1957 02 03.Ellwood City Pa Moose......APG x32011
    1957 02 04.Ann Arbor Mi University......APG x22011
    1957 02 07.BurlingtonBrant Inn......2011
    1957 02 09.Port StanleyStork Club......2011
    1957 02 111957 02 16Toronto, Ont.Colonial Tavern Or CasiNO THEATRE.....APG2011
    1957 02 181957 02 24Providence, R.I.Celebrity Cl......2011
    1957 02 251957 02 26Boston, Mass.University....APG x2.2011
    1957 02 251957 02 28Boston, Mass.Storyville......2011

    March 1957

    1957 03 011957 03 03Boston, Mass.Storyville......2011
    1957 03 --.Boston, Mass.Storyville"Bandstand USA".DE5708...2011
    1957 03 07.New York, N.Y.30thst Columbia Studio..DE570908,1-24
    04,3-14
    01,2-30
    01,1-28
    85,1-7
    84,1-4
    NDCS 1029.2011
    1957 03 09.Washington, D.C.Masonic Hall..DE5710...2011
    1957 03 13.New York, N.Y.30thst Columbia Studio..DE571109,1-26
    08,2-19
    08,1-22
    97,2-7
    85,1-7
    84,1-4
    ..2011
    1957 03 15.New York, N.Y.Duke's apartmentEllington was interviewed at home by Edward L. Murrow for the telecast "Person To Person." He played Satin Doll during the interview.DE571207,1-42
    Stratemann 373

    Wilson, Conn. Bulletin, 1957-03-13, p.3
    djpadded 2011

    updated 2012-09-12
    1957 03 15.Philadelphia,Penn.Shriner's Ball......2011
    1957 03 20.New York, N.Y.Columbia Studio..DE571309,2-9
    04,3-32
    03,2-21
    97,2-7
    85,1-8
    84,1-4
    corrTimner-4(credit RogerBoyesfor 04,3-32 entries)2011
    1957 03 22.New York, N.Y.Hunter College......2011
    1957 03 24.Ridley Township PaEl Rancho....APG x3.2011
    1957 03 2-?.Philadelphia, Penn.Pep's......2011
    1957 03 31.Ellwood City PennsMoose....APG.2011

    April 1957

    1957 04 03.Chicago, Ill.Medinah Temple..DE5714...2011
    1957 04 06.??Crystal Palace....APG.2011
    1957 04 07.Saginaw, Mich........2011
    1957 04 15.New York, N.Y.30thst Columbia Studio..DE571599,4-19..2011
    1957 04 17.New York, N.Y.Town Hall......2011
    1957 04 181957 05 01New York, N.Y.Birdland...05,1-43..2011
    1957 04 20.New York, N.Y.Birdland "BandstandUSA".DE900800,1-10NDCS 1017
    corrTimner-4/25+32
    .2011
    1957 04 21.New York, N.Y.Birdland..DE571605,1-43..2011
    1957 04 23.New York, N.Y.Hickory House Nbc"Tonight!America.".DE571707,3-1
    04,2-15
    Stratemann 371photo.2011
    1957 04 24.New York, N.Y.30thst Columbia StudioDE5718..02,3-14
    99,4-18
    99,4-9
    99,3-18
    Cd booklet photos
    NDCS 1005
    .2011
    1957 04 26.New York, N.Y.Waldorf AstoriaWNBC-TV "Close-Up".DE571900,3-26corrTimner-4/25+32.2011
    1957 04 26.New York, N.Y.BirdlandBroadcast ?..09,3-5..2011
    1957 04 27.New York, N.Y.Birdland "BandstandUSA".DE900900,1-10NDCS 1018.2011
    1957 04 28.New York, N.Y.Town Hall..DE572005,1-43
    04,2-10
    01,1-19
    98,3-19
    ..2011
    1957 04 29.New York, N.Y..H.Rasky Interview.DE904105,1-43
    04,2-15+51
    ..2011

    May 1957

    1957 05 03.New York, N.Y.Columbia Studios..DE572105,1-43
    01,3-15
    01,1-7
    99,4-18
    99,3-18
    NDCS 1005.2011
    1957 05 04.Rochester, N.Y.Technical Institute......2011
    1957 05 05
    Sunday
    7:30 PM
    .Wilton, Conn.Town HallBenefit concert for Parent-Teacher AssociationWilton Conn. Bulletin, 1957-05-08, 1957-05-01 and 1957-03-13...APGadded 2012-08-17
    1957 05 08.New York, N.Y..CBS-TV "U.S. Steel Hour"
    "A Drum Is A Woman"

    "Live" TV program using largely pre-recorded music (9/56)

    (The show can be viewed in Los Angeles or New York at the Museum of Television and Radio as at August 2013)
    ...Stratemann 375
    Stratemann 376+photos
    Life Webphotos
    .2011
    1957 05 10...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Harold “Shorty” Baker, trumpet, rejoins the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-10
    1957 05 15.Wausau WiscColonial Ballroom.....APG x32011
    1957 05 19.Chicago Ill.University-Mandel Hall.....APG2011
    1957 05 20.Waverly IowaKnight Gym-Wartburg Campus.....APG x62011
    1957 05 21.Spencer IowaCountry Cl.....APG x32011
    1957 05 24.Twin Lakes IowaAlhambra.....APG2011

    June 1957

    1957 06 01.Carrolltown Penns SunsetCorrect Date Is 22jun57......2011
    1957 06 02.Mason City IowaHigh Sch.....APG x52011
    1957 06 05.Okoboji IowaRoof Garden, Arnolds Park.....APG x22011
    1957 06 06.Cedar Rapids IaElks Cl.....APG x22011
    1957 06 11...Date of contract between "Frank Holzfeind The Blue Note," Duke Ellington and Associated Booking Corporation to provide 15 musicians and 1 vocalist, led by "Duke Ellington Inc., presents Duke Ellington" to the Blue Note on August 21, 1957 for two weeks, 32 hours per week, 5 day week, Sunday Matinee.

    This contract includes the headline billing and recording/broadcasting provisions.

    The fee remains at $5,000/week less 10% to ABC.
    Contract, Stratemann files, courtesy Monika Stratemann....added 2012-11-03
    1957 06 16.Celina Oh.Edgewater Pk.....APG2011
    1957 06 21.AshburyConvention Hall......2011
    1957 06 22.Carrolltown PennsSunset..DE572211,1-29
    10,3-22
    04,3-50+56
    81,4-2
    81,2-4
    APG x3
    corrTimner-4/26
    ..2011
    1957 06 24.New York, N.Y.Fine Sound Studios..DE572300,1-9..2011
    1957 06 25.New York, N.Y.Fine Sound Studios..DE572400,4-17
    00,1-9
    ..2011
    1957 06 26.New York, N.Y.Fine Sound Studios+ J.Hodges recording session..DE572500,4-10+17
    00,1-9
    97,4-14
    ..2011
    1957 06 27.New York, N.Y.Fine Sound Studios..DE572600,4-17
    00,1-9
    99,5-19
    97,4-14
    88,1-5
    corrTimner-4/26.2011
    1957 06 28.Johnson City, N.Y.E. J. Recreation Center.Review "Like Coming Home", Binghamton Press, 1957-06-29, p.11....2011

    July 1957

    1957 07 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Ozzie Bailey, vocalist, joins the band, having previously participated in 4 recording sessions in 1956 and 1957.
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-10
    1957 07 01.Highland Park, Ill.Ravinia Park FestivalConcert
    WCBS-New York broadcast
    Radio premiere - “Such Sweet Thunder”

    Photo of the band playing this festival
    .DE909711,1-6
    NDCS 1103CAHnov09added 2011

    updated 2012-12-03
    1957 07 03
    Wednesday
    .Highland Park, Ill.Ravinia Park FestivalConcert
    Stratemann shows this performance as July 4, a Thursday, but the July 1 broadcast ends by announcing the concert will be on Wednesday.

    The July 3 date is supported by an advertisement by Abe Books, which says "program from the Ravinia Festival ... of July 1st and 3rd, 1957. Signed by Duke Ellington on the back page ..."
    .....added 2011

    updated 2012-12-03
    1957 07 05.GlencoeShore County Cl......2011
    1957 07 09.Delavan Lake WiscDutch Mill.....APG x32011
    1957 07 101957 07 21Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ......2011
    1957 07 12.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ..DE5727...2011
    1957 07 23.Buffalo, N.Y.Kleinhans Mh..DE5728...2011
    1957 07 26.Erie PennsRainbow Gard.....APG2011
    1957 07 27.Stony Brook Dogwood..DE5729...2011
    1957 07 28.Lenox Music Barn.False date, Billie Holiday instead -see aug 1.....APG2011
    1957 07 29.New York, N.Y.East River Amphi..DE5730...2011
    1957 07 301957 07 31Atlantic CityCotton Cl......2011

    August 1957

    1957 08 011957 08 04Atlantic CityCotton Cl......2011
    1957 08 01.Lenox MassMusic Barn.....APG x62011
    1957 08 04.Columbus Oh.Buckeye Lake Park.....APG x32011
    1957 08 07.Waterloo IowaElecric Park Ballroom.....APG2011
    1957 08 10.Armar Iowa......APG2011
    1957 08 17.SpringfieldFair Grounds......2011
    1957 08 18.St. LouisRiviera......2011
    1957 08 20.Monticello IndianaIndiana Beach.....APG2011
    1957 08 211957 08 31Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ......2011
    1957 08 24.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ..DE5731...2011
    1957 08 31.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ..DE5732...2011
    1957 08 (end).Leroy Illinois.'free Fall Festival'....APG2011

    September 1957

    1957 09 011957 09 04Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ......2011
    1957 09 02.Chicago, Ill.Universal Studio..DE573309,1-35
    00,1-9
    99,5-19
    99,4-22
    NDCS 1006
    corrTimner-4/?+31
    .2011
    1957 09 03...J.Hodges recording session..00,4-10
    00,3-19
    86,2-4
    ..2011
    1957 09 04.Toronto, Ont.City Hall Recept......2011
    1957 09 05.Stratford (Can)Festival..DE573405,1-43
    02,2-26
    01,1-19
    99,5-24
    98,3-19
    ..2011
    1957 09 09.New York, N.Y.30th St. Columbia Studios..DE573508,1-22
    05,1-32
    04,3-58
    98,3-13
    98,3-6
    97,1-16
    90,4-5
    90,1-6
    89,3-4
    85,1-8
    83,2-6
    corrTimner-4/26.2011
    1957 09 101957 09 15Pennsauken, N.J.Red Hill Inn......2011
    1957 09 11.New York, N.Y.CBS Studos "VicDamoneShow".DE5736...2011
    1957 09 12...Date of contract between "Frank Holzfeind The Blue Note," Duke Ellington Inc. and Associated Booking Corporation to provide 15 musicians and 1 vocalist, led by "Duke Ellington Inc., presents Duke Ellington" to the Blue Note from December 20, 1957 to January 2, 1958, for two weeks, 32 hours per week, 5 day week, Sunday Matinee, off days specified as December 23 & 24 and Jan. 1 & 2.

    This contract includes the same headline billing and recording/broadcasting provisions.

    The fee remains at $5,000/week less 10% to ABC.
    Contract, Stratemann files, courtesy Monika Stratemann....added 2012-11-03
    1957 09 16.WilmingtonPlayhouse......2011
    1957 09 20.Philadelphia PennsLos Hernanos.....APG2011
    1957 09 231957 09 29Boston, Mass.Storyville......2011
    1957 09 --.Boston, Mass.StoryvilleRecording session.DE5737...2011

    October 1957

    1957 10 01.New York, N.Y.30th St. Columbia StudDE5738..08,1-22
    05,1-32
    02,1-9
    98,3-13
    89,3-4
    ..2011
    1957 10 03.New York, N.Y.Fine Sund StudiosDE5739..99,5-19
    99,4-22
    NDCS 1006.2011
    1957 10 06.Bridgeport ConnRitz Ballroom.....APG x42011
    1957 10 07.Portsmouth NhSenior High School.....APG x32011
    1957 10 10.New York, N.Y.Columbia StudioDE5740..09,2-9
    08,1-22
    04,3,32
    03,2-21
    90,1-6
    89,3-4
    85,1-8
    corrTimner-4/26+32+36.2011
    1957 10 11.Hudson Falls High School.......2011
    1957 10 12.Abington High School.......2011
    1957 10 13.New York, N.Y.."Essoshow" NBC-TV.DE5741...2011
    1957 10 14.New York, N.Y.30th St. Columbia Stud..DE574208,1-22
    05,1-32
    85,1-8
    ..2011
    1957 10 15.Auburn NyAuburn Inn.....APG2011
    1957 10 17.New York, N.Y.Madison Square Garden.....APG2011
    1957 10 24.Lansing Civic Center.......2011
    1957 10 27.Columbus, Oh..Valley Dale Ballroom......2011
    1957 10 29.Anderson Ind Country Cl.....APG x22011

    November 1957

    1957 11 06.Minneapolis, Minn.Marigold Ballroom......2011
    1957 11 10.Chicago, Ill.Holiday Ballroom
    4847 N. Milwaukee Ave.
    ..DE574384,1-4..2011
    1957 11 19.Carroll IowaStarline Ballroom.....APG2011
    1957 11 --.Chicago, Ill..Wngn telecast HourOfMusic".DE5744...2011
    1957 11 22.New York, N.Y.Hotel RooseveltDE attened TDES 1/08.....2011
    1957 11 23.Armar IowaBallroomApg X2.....2011
    1957 11 25.St. LouisRiviera......2011
    1957 11 30.AshlandArmory......2011

    December 1957

    1957 12 --.Alfred NyUniversityDae...Morton 209.2011
    1957 12 02.New York, N.Y.30thst Columbia Stud..DE574588,1-5
    85,1-8
    corrTimner-4/26.2011
    1957 12 05.Ithaca, N.Y.College......2011
    1957 12 09.New York, N.Y.30thst Columbia Stud..DE574602,2-26
    02,1-23
    99,1-11
    98,2-11
    85,1-8
    corrTimner-4/26+32.2011
    1957 12 14.Kalamazoo, Mich.University......2011
    1957 12 201957 12 31Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    New Years Eve club date/broadcast

    8 songs from this appearance were broadcast on NBC (click here to listen). CBS also broadcast Diminuendo in Blue/The Wailing Interval/Crescendo in Blue preceded and followed by Such Sweet Thunder from this appearance.
    ..... Updated 2012-01-01
    1957 12 30.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    Timex Jazz Show #1".DE574793,3-4
    92,2-6
    84,3-3
    83,4-4
    Stratemann 381.2011
    1957 12 311958 01 02Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    Club date

    CBS New Years Eve broadcast

    Stratemann says Ellington's contract ran to January 2, but January 1 and 2 were days off according to Ellington's terms, and it isn't certain when Ellington left the midwest.
    .DE5748
    DE9024
    01,3-21NDCS 1030
    Stratemann, p.385
    .added 2011

    updated 2012-08-17



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    January 1958

    1958 01 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Jimmy Grissom leaves the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-12
    1958 01 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Johnny Hodges leaves the band in early January
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23
    1958 01 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Willie Cook leaves the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11
    1958 01 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Bill Graham, alto and bari sax, born 1918, joins the band in early January
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-12
    1958 01 04...Peripheral event
    Stratemann reports Hodges did not come with the band, instead he worked in Florida until March with Strayhorn, bassist Bill Pemberton, and vocalist Jimmy Grissom on drums.

    As far as the Ellington orchestra is concerned, saxist Billy Graham subbed for Hodges and on drums when Woodyard was sick. Clark Terry also covered drums from time to time.

    Source: Stratemann, p.385
    djpAdded 2012-08-17
    1958 01 04
    Saturday
    1958 01 11?
    Saturday
    Miami Beach, Fla.Bal Masque,
    Americana Hotel
    One week club date with Tony Bennett...Stratemann, p.385.2011
    1958 01 15
    Wednesday
    .Fort Lauderdale, Fla.War Memorial Auditorium.Stratemann, p.385....2011
    1958 01 20
    Monday
    .Biloxi, Miss.Keesler Air Force Base
    This entry appears to be in error. Ellington played two concerts here on the 22nd.
    .DE5801...2011
    1958 01 21
    Tuesday
    .Pensacola, Fla.Municipal AuditoriumEllington interviewed by Tod Cassidy for WCOA-FM .DE5802.Stratemann, p.385.added 2011

    updated 2012-09-21
    1958 01 21
    Tuesday
    .Pensacola, Fla.Municipal AuditoriumConcert...Stratemann, p.385.2011
    1958 01 22
    Wednesday
    .Biloxi, Miss.Andrew Theater
    Keesler Air Force Base
    Two concerts 6:30 and 8 PM.DE5803
    DE5801?
    .Stratemann
    p.385
    .2011
    1958 01 24
    Friday
    .Victoria, Tex.Aloe GymnasiumDanceAd,Corpus Christi Times, 1958-01-24..Stratemann
    p.385
    .added 2011

    updated 2012-08-17
    1958 01 25
    Saturday
    .San Antonio, Tex..
    "Duke Ellington and his band around town the past Saturday night following a dance engagement at Victoria."
    Around the Plaza by Renwicke Gary San Antonio Light, 1958-01-28, p.41...djpadded 2012-08-17
    1958 01 31
    Friday
    1958 02 13
    Thursday
    Los Angeles, Cal.Peacock Lane....Stratemann
    p.385 citing Down Beat 1957-12-26
    .2011

    February 1958

    1958 02 01
    Saturday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Peacock Lanesee 1958 01 31......2011
    1958 02 02
    Sunday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Peacock Lanesee 1958 01 31......2011
    1958 02 03
    Monday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Peacock Lanesee 1958 01 31......2011
    1958 02 04
    Tuesday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Radio RecordersCBS recording session
    Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
    Baker, Anderson, Terry, Nance, Woodman, Jackson, Sanders, Hamilton, Bill Graham, Procope, Gonsalves, Carney, Ellington, Woode, Woodyard

    Titles recorded:
    • Track 360
    • Blues in Orbit
    .DE580411,1-27
    05,2-26
    05,1-15+41
    04,3-30
    04,3-51
    03,2-21
    03,2-28
    99,5-24
    99,4-18
    98,1-8
    97,4-16
    97,3-16
    88,3-5
    85,1-10
    NDCS 1007djpadded 2011

    updated 2012-09-21
    1958 02 04
    Tuesday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Peacock Lanesee 1958 01 31......2011
    1958 02 05
    Wednesday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Radio RecordersCBS recording session
    Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
    Baker, Anderson, Terry, Nance, Woodman, Jackson, Sanders, Hamilton, Bill Graham, Procope, Gonsalves, Carney, Ellington, Woode, Woodyard

    Titles recorded:
    • Work song (BBB #1)
    • Come Sunday (BBB #2)
    .DE5805
    NDCS 1012
    09,1-35
    99,4-18
    corrTimner-4/26
    Stratemann
    p.385
    djpadded 2011

    updated 2012-09-21
    1958 02 05
    Wednesday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Peacock Lanesee 1958 01 31......2011
    1958 02 06
    Thursday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Peacock Lanesee 1958 01 31......2011
    1958 02 07
    Friday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Peacock Lanesee 1958 01 31......2011
    1958 02 08
    Saturday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Peacock Lanesee 1958 01 31......2011
    1958 02 09
    Sunday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Peacock Lanesee 1958 01 31......2011
    1958 02 10?
    Monday
    .Los Angeles, Cal..CBS rehearsal.DE580611,1-21
    99,4-18
    02,1-23
    NDCS 1007.2011
    1958 02 10
    Monday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Peacock Lanesee 1958 01 31......2011
    1958 02 11
    Tuesday
    .Los Angeles, Cal..CBS recording session, (MahaliaJackson).DE580709,1-35
    02,2-27
    02,1-23
    99,4-18
    NDCS 1007
    VARphoto.2011
    1958 02 11
    Tuesday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Peacock Lanesee 1958 01 31......2011
    1958 02 12
    Wednesday
    .Los Angeles, Cal..Columbia recording session,.DE580809,1-35
    05,2-26
    05,1-15
    04,3-30
    03,2-21
    02,2-27
    02,1-23
    99,5-24
    99,4-18
    98,1-8
    88,3-5
    84,3-5
    corrTimner-4/26+32
    NDCS 1007
    .2011
    1958 02 12
    Wednesday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Peacock Lanesee 1958 01 31......2011
    1958 02 13
    Thursday
    .Los Angeles, Cal.Peacock Lanesee 1958 01 31......2011
    1958 02 14...Date of contract between "Frank Holzfeind The Blue Note," Duke Ellington Inc. and Associated Booking Corporation to provide 15 musicians and 1 vocalist, led by "Duke Ellington Inc., presents Duke Ellington" to the Blue Note from June 4, 1958 for four weeks, 32 hours per week, 5 day week, Sunday Matinee.

    This contract includes the same headline billing and recording/broadcasting provisions and the fee is still $5,000/week less 10% to ABC.
    Contract, Stratemann files, courtesy Monika Stratemann....added 2012-11-03
    1958 02 14
    Friday
    1958 02 21
    Friday
    Palm Springs, Cal.Starlite RoomNight club date.....2011
    1958 02 15
    Saturday
    .Palm Springs, Cal. Knights of Columbus HallDuke Ellington, internationally famous composer, arranger and band leader, now playing in Palm Springs, got a big hand when he appeared at the Knights of Columbus Hall Saturday to install officers of the NAACP Southern Area Conference. Also on hand, bearing greetings, were Mayor Sanborn and Sheriff Rice of Riverside County...Story and picture, The California Eagle 1952-02-20 p.2..djp
    added 2013-08-17
    1958 02 15
    Saturday
    .Palm Springs, Cal.Starlite RoomNight club date - see 1958 02 14......2011
    1958 02 16
    Sunday
    .Palm Springs, Cal.Starlite RoomNight club date - see 1958 02 14......2011
    1958 02 17
    Monday
    .Palm Springs, Cal.Starlite RoomNight club date - see 1958 02 14......2011
    1958 02 18
    Tuesday
    .Palm Springs, Cal.Starlite RoomNight club date - see 1958 02 14......2011
    1958 02 19
    Wednesday
    .Palm Springs, Cal.Starlite RoomNight club date - see 1958 02 14......2011
    1958 02 20
    Thursday
    .Palm Springs, Cal.Starlite RoomNight club date - see 1958 02 14......2011
    1958 02 21
    Friday
    .Palm Springs, Cal.Starlite RoomNight club date - see 1958 02 14......2011
    1958 02 23.San Francisco, Cal..Concert.....2011
    1958 02 25
    Tuesday
    1958 03 02Phoenix, Ariz.Sombrero Playhouse
    7th St. near Camelback
    Musical variety show
    Musical review
    Duke Ellington
    His Brilliant Music
    His Orchestra
    His Company of Entertainers

    Two performances nightly:
    In a Musical Review 8 and 10 PM

    Singing by Ozzie Bailey; dancing by James Truitt
    Plug, The Arizona Republic, 1928-02-25, p.13

    Ad, The Arizona Republic, 1928-02-28, p.30
    ....added 2011

    updated 2012-09-21
    1958 02 26
    Wednesday
    .Phoenix, Ariz.Sombrero PlayhousePerformances at 8 and 10 PM - see 1958 02 025.....updated 2012-09-21
    1958 02 27
    Thursday
    .Phoenix, Ariz.Sombrero PlayhousePerformances at 8 and 10 PM - see 1958 02 025.....updated 2012-09-21
    1958 02 28
    Friday
    .Phoenix, Ariz.Sombrero PlayhousePerformances at 8 and 10 PM - see 1958 02 025.....updated 2012-09-21

    March 1958

    1958 03 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Willie Cook, trumpet, rejoins the band in mid-March
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11
    1958 03 01
    Saturday
    .Phoenix, Ariz.Sombrero PlayhousePerformances at 8 and 10 PM - see 1958 02 025.....updated 2012-09-21
    1958 03 02
    Sunday
    .Phoenix, Ariz.Sombrero PlayhousePerformances at 8 and 10 PM - see 1958 02 025.....updated 2012-09-21
    1958 03 04.Suisun City, Cal.Travis Air Force BaseDance (recorded).DE580909,2-10
    05,1-39
    04,3-50
    04,2-30
    88,5-2
    81,4-3
    81,2-4
    corrTimner-4.added 2011

    updated 2012-09-21
    1958 03 05.Sacramento, Cal.Mather Air Force Base..DE581005,1-39
    04,3-50+58
    88,5-2
    85,2-6
    82,1-2
    81,5-2
    81,4-3
    81,2-4
    corrTimner-4/26
    NDCS 1071
    .2011
    1958 03 06.San RafaelHamilton Air Force Base......2011
    1958 03 07.Van NuysValley College......2011
    1958 03 08
    Saturday
    8 P.M.
    .Claremont, Cal.Bridges Auditorium
    Claremont Men's College
    .Star News 1925-02-25, p.24....added 2011

    updated 2012-09-21
    1958 03 09
    Sunday
    .Los Angeles, Cal..KNOB Radio Show
    "The station changed frequency from 103.1 to 98.1 and increased power to 3500. They celebrated with a four hour program from 5-9 pm with Stan Kenton and Duke Ellington as emcees. It looks like it was a radio show not a live event. Unfortunately all of the articles are reporting the event as it was going to happen. I didn't find anything that reported after the fact." K. Poston, quoted by Ed Bride in DEMS 03/1-5
    ..03,1-5..added 2011

    updated 2012-09-22
    1958 03 09.Pismo BeachRose Gardens......2011
    1958 03 10.Carmel Sunset Auditorium......2011
    1958 03 11.San Francisco, Cal.Veterans Auditorium......2011
    1958 03 14.Salt Lake City, UtahUniversity of Utah......added 2011

    updated 2012-09-22
    1958 03 15.Logan, Utah Utah State Agricultural College......added 2011

    updated 2012-09-22
    1958 03 20.New York, N.Y.30th St. Columbia Studios..DE5811...2011
    1958 03 24.New York, N.Y.30th St. Columbia Studios..DE5812...2011
    1958 03 26.New York, N.Y.NBC Studios"The Subject Is Jazz".DE5813Strat387..2011
    1958 03 26.New York, N.Y.30th St. Columbia Studios..DE581407,2-30..2011
    1958 03 281958 03 30Pennsauken, N.J.Red Hill Inn......2011
    1958 03 31.New York, N.Y.30th St. Columbia Studios..DE581509,2-7 09,2-7
    09,1-37
    07,2-30
    05,1-32
    91,2-3
    84,1-4
    82,3-11
    ..2011
    1958 03 31...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Bill Graham leaves the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-12
    1958 03 31...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Johnny Hodges rejoins the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-23

    April 1958

    1958 04 01.New York, N.Y.30th St. Columbia Stud..DE5816...2011
    1958 04 02.New York, N.Y.30th St. Columbia Stud..DE581706,2-52
    06,1-30
    86,1-3
    85,1-8
    ..2011
    1958 04 03.New York, N.Y.30th St. Columbia Stud..DE5818 06,2-23+52
    06,1-30
    86,1-3
    85,1-8
    ..2011
    1958 04 05...J.Hodges recording session..00,3-19..2011
    1958 04 06.New York, N.Y.Carnegie Hall......2011
    1958 04 15.CarthageColl.Auditorium......2011
    1958 04 24.New York, N.Y.30th Street Columbia Studios..DE581904,3-31
    85,1-8
    80,3-4
    corrTimner-4/26.2011
    1958 04 27
    Sunday
    .Ridley, Penn. El Rancho
    Dance
    Chester Times, 1958-04-25, p.18 ...djpadded 2012-09-21
    1958 04 30.ClintonArena......2011

    May 1958

    1958 05 01.Toronto, Ont.Massey Hall......2011
    1958 05 05.RidgewoodHigh School....programCAHjul112011
    1958 05 13.Beaver Falls.......2011
    1958 05 14.Pittsburgh, Penn.Westview Park......2011
    1958 05 15.AllentownEndicott Club......2011
    1958 05 16.Philadelphia,Pa.Temple Univers......2011
    1958 05 17.TrentonStacey-Trent Hot......2011
    1958 05 23.Detroit, Mich.Country Club......2011
    1958 05 25.AngolaBucks Lake Ranch......2011
    1958 05 30.Rochester, Ind.Terrace Ballroom
    Colonial Hotel
    .Ad The Pharos-Tribune and Logansport Press, 1958-05-25, p.23....added 2011

    updated 2012-09-21
    1958 05 31.FruitportPavilion......2011

    June 1958

    1958 06 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Willie Cook leaves the band in late June
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-11
    1958 06 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    In late June, singer Lil Greenwood, born in November 1923, joins the band
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-12
    1958 06 04.Chicago, Ill..CBS telecast "JazzInTheRound".DE5820.87,4-6
    87,3-6
    Stratemann 389photo.2011
    1958 06 041958 06 29Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ......2011
    1958 06 09.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ..DE5821.corrTimner-4/27.2011
    1958 06 18.Chicago, Ill.8th Street Theater......2011
    1958 06 24.Chicago, Ill.Blue Note
    Night Club
    ..DE582209,1-35corrTimner-4/26.2011
    1958 06 28.Chicago, Ill.Universal Stud..DE582388,2-4
    86,2-1
    ..2011

    July 1958

    1958 07 03.NewportFreebody Park..DE582408,1-14
    07,3-21+43
    07,1-44
    06,2-28
    03,2-28
    03,1-12
    02,3-17
    02,1-16
    96,1-8
    93,3-2
    93,2-3
    85,1-8
    83,4-3
    ..2011
    1958 07 04.NewportFreebody Park...02,1-16..2011
    1958 07 041958 07 05SalemCastle Hill......2011
    1958 07 06.Lenox.Tanglewood Festiv.....2011
    1958 07 081958 07 14Sea Isle CityCasino......2011
    1958 07 15.StamfordBoyle Stadium......2011
    1958 07 181958 07 20Stony Brook.Music Festiv.....2011
    1958 07 18.Stony BrookDogwood H...DE5825 08,1-14+19
    07,3-21
    02,3-25
    92,4-1
    ..2011
    1958 07 21.New York, N.Y.30ststr Columbia Stud..DE582607,3-21
    07,1-44
    ..2011
    1958 07 221958 07 23West HempsteadIsland G......2011
    1958 07 24.New York, N.Y.Lewisohn Stadium......2011
    1958 07 27.Buffalo, N.Y.Kleinhans Music......2011
    1958 07 28.Sarnia(Can) Kenwick Lake......2011
    1958 07 28...Billie Holiday recording session Duke participating?..88,5-1..2011
    1958 07 30.Bala, Ont.Dunn's Pavilion......2011
    1958 07 31.Toronto, Ont.CBC-Studios"Summertime '58".DE5827 ND903205,2-17
    03,1-29
    02,3-17+25
    NDCS 1048
    TDES 2/05-6
    .2011
    1958 07 31.StratfordFestival Arena......2011
    1958 07 31.Stratford.Shakespearean Concert...TDES 2/05-6.2011
    1958 07 31.StratfordFestival TheaterBall...TDES 2/05-6.2011

    August 1958

    1958 08 01.Port Stanley (Can)Stork......2011
    1958 08 03.East IslipBay Jazz Fest......2011
    1958 08 06.New York, N.Y.30th St. Columbia Stud..DE582806,1-34
    85,1-8
    ..2011
    1958 08 08...Clark Terry recording session..86,1-3..2011
    1958 08 111958 08 13Milwaukee, Wisc.Brass Rail......2011
    1958 08 14.New York, N.Y.Nola StudiosJH/BS recording session..00,3-19..2011
    1958 08 15.French LickSheraton..DE5829...2011
    1958 08 17.CelinaEdgewater Park......2011
    1958 08 20.Lena.County Fair.....2011
    1958 08 211958 08 22??.Lake County Fair.....2011
    1958 08 23.CaroCounty Fair Grounds......2011
    1958 08 281958 08 29Oshkosh, Wisc.Winnebago Fair......2011
    1958 08 --.Cedar Rapids IaArmos Ballroom..DE5830...2011

    September 1958

    1958 09 01
    Monday
    ..activities not documented.
    1958 09 02
    Tuesday
    ..activities not documented.
    1958 09 03
    Wednesday
    ..activities not documented.
    1958 09 04
    Thursday
    ..activities not documented.
    1958 09 05
    Friday
    ..activities not documented.
    1958 09 06
    Saturday
    ..activities not documented.
    1958 09 07
    Sunday
    ..activities not documented.
    1958 09 08
    Monday
    ..activities not documented.
    1958 09 09
    Tuesday
    .New York, N.Y.Plaza Hotel..DE583100,3-24
    88,5-1
    88,4-4
    ..2011
    1958 09 10
    Wednesday
    ..activities not documented.
    1958 09 10
    Wednesday
    .New York, N.Y.Nola StudiosPeripheral event
    Recording session for Johnny Hodges, Billy Strayhorn for "Not So Dukish" (Verve label)
    ..00,3-19..2011
    1958 09 11
    Thursday
    ..activities not documented.
    1958 09 12
    Friday
    1958 09 18New York, N.Y.Apollo Theater
    253 W. 125th St., Borough of Manhattan, Harlem district
    Stage show - Duke Ellingotn and his orchestra with Slappy White (comedy), Leonard and Leonard (dance team), Lil Greenwood and Ozzie Bailey. Stratemann says Nance, Gonsalves, Carney and Hodges were given special billing.Stratemann p.391 citing Variety's review 1958-09-17 p.72...djpadded 2011

    updated 2013-07-05
    1958 09 13
    Saturday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterStage show - see 1959 08 12.....2011
    1958 09 14
    Sunday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterStage show - see 1959 08 12.....2011
    1958 09 15
    Monday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterStage show - see 1959 08 12.....2011
    1958 09 15
    Monday
    ...Date of contract between "Mr. Frank Holzfeind The Blue Note," Duke Ellington Incorporated, and Associated Booking Corporation to provide 15 musicians and 1 vocalist, led by "Duke Ellington Inc., presents Duke Ellington" to the Blue Note from December 17, 1958 thru January 4, 1959, the usual 32 hour, 5 day week with Sunday matinees.

    This contract includes the same headline billing and recording/broadcasting provisions and the fee is $5,000/week.

    This contract says "off days to be designated later."
    Contract, Stratemann files, courtesy Monika Stratemann....added 2012-11-03
    1958 09 16
    Tuesday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterStage show - see 1959 08 12.....2011
    1958 09 17
    Wednesday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterStage show - see 1959 08 12.....2011
    1958 09 18
    Thursday
    .New York, N.Y.Apollo TheaterStage show - see 1959 08 12.....2011
    1958 09 19
    Friday
    ..activities not documented.
    1958 09 20
    Saturday
    .New York, N.Y.Terrace BallroomDanceStratemann p.391 citing Amsterdam News 1958-09-13 p.14.....added 2011

    updated 2013-07-05
    1958 09 21
    Sunday
    ..activities not documented.
    1958 09 22
    Monday
    ..activities not documented.
    1958 09 23
    Tuesday
    ..activities not documented.
    1958 09 24
    Wednesday
    ..activities not documented.
    1958 09 25
    Thursday
    ..activities not documented.
    ..DE583285,1-8..2011
    1958 09 26
    Friday
    .New York, N.Y.30th St. Columbia StudioCBS recording session
    Johnny Ray and Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
    Anderson, Baker, Terry, Nance, Woodman, Jackson, Sanders, Hamilton, Procope, Hodges, Bill Graham, Gonsalves, Carney,Strayhorn,Woode, Woodyard, Johnny Ray

    Titles recorded:
    • To Know You Is To Love You
    • The Lonely Ones
    • Stratemann p.391
    • Vail II
    DE583285,1-8..added 2011

    updated 2013-07-03
    1958 09 00...PERSONNEL CHANGE
    Lil Greenwood does not accompany the band to Europe, but rejoins it when it returns.
    New Desor vol.2djpAdded 2012-10-12
    1958 09 27
    Saturday
    1658 10 03New York, N.Y.S.S. Ile de France
    Possible date of embarkation for the 1958 European tour. While Stratemann didn't say when the ship left New York, the late Joe Igo's itinerary shows September 27. Vail II says September 29, but provides no information to support that date.

    A first class passenger list for the Ile de France for its August 13, 1958 sailing includes a table of proposed sailings later in the year. The voyage that reaches Plymouth on October 3 was to leave New York on September 27. I am unable to access newspaper reports regarding ships leaving New York Harbor in 1958.

    No other activities for the band are documented for this date.

    Anyone wishing to pay a small research fee can obtain the date of departure by e-mailing Association French Lines
    ....djp
    added 2013-07-03
    1958 09 28
    Sunday
    ..activities not documented
    Presumably at sea
    .
    1958 09 29
    Monday
    ..S.S.Ile de FranceEither still at sea, having departed Sept. 27, or else embarking on the transatlantic voyage on this day.Vail II...djp2011
    1958 09 30
    Tuesday
    .At seaS.S.Ile de FranceCrossing the Atlantic - see 1958-09-27....djp2011

    October 1958

    1958 10 01
    Wednesday
    .At seaS.S.Ile de FranceCrossing the Atlantic - see 1958-09-27....djp2011
    1958 10 02
    Thursday
    .At seaS.S.Ile de FranceCrossing the Atlantic - see 1958-09-27....djp2011
    1958 10 03
    Friday
    .Plymouth, Devon, England.Arrival in Great Britain.

    Ellington is photographed using a hula hoop shortly before disembarking.

    "After a stormy crossing the Ile De France reached Plymouth late on Friday 3 October, and Duke was safely in bed by 7 am in the Dorchester, Park Lane."

    "The Origin of The Queen's Suite," Roger Boyes, Blue Light 15/4, p.12 citing Yorkshire Post 1958-10-04, p.1....added 2011

    updated 2013-07-03
    1958 10 04
    Saturday
    ..activities not documented.
    1958 10 05

    .London, EnglandRoyal Festival Hall....KGphoto.2011
    1958 10 06

    .Nottingham, EnglandOdeon Theatre......2011
    1958 10 07

    .London, EnglandDorchester Hotel..DE583301,1-25(p27)..2011
    1958 10 09

    .Southampton, EnglandGaumont......2011
    1958 10 10

    .Bristol, EnglandColston Hall......2011
    1958 10 11

    1958 10 12London, EnglandGaumont Kilburn......2011
    1958 10 12

    .London, England.BBC-TV "Monitor".....2011
    1958 10 11

    .London, EnglandDiamond Apartment..DE5834
    08,2-6
    88,5-4
    corrTimner-4.2011
    1958 10 --.London, England.BBC Interview.DE583501,1-25..2011
    1958 10 --.United Kingdom.....Photos:
    • MIMM 195
    • Hasse 337
    .2011
    1958 10 13

    .Leeds, EnglandOdeon Theatre...08,2-6..2011
    1958 10 14

    .Newcastle, EnglandOdeon Theatre......2011
    1958 10 15

    1958 10 16Glasgow, ScotlandOdeon Theatre......2011
    1958 10 16

    .Glasgow, ScotlandOdeon Theatre......2011
    1958 10 17

    .Liverpool, EnglandEmpress Of Britain"Atlantic Showboat".DE583698,2-3/4
    97,3-6
    97,2-8
    97,2-14
    corrTimner-4/36.2011
    1958 10 17

    .Liverpool, EnglandOdeon Theatre......2011
    1958 10 18

    .Leeds, EnglandOdeon Theatre......2011
    1958 10 18

    .Leeds, England Civic Hall Reception...08,2-6MIMM 161 photos.2011
    1958 10 19

    .CroydonDavis Theatre......2011
    1958 10 20

    .CardiffCapitol Theatre......2011
    1958 10 21

    1958 10 22BirminghamOdeon Theatre......2011
    1958 10 23

    .Manchester King's Hall...08,2-6..2011
    1958 10 25

    .London, EnglandKilburn Gaumont..DE5837
    DE5838
    97,2-3
    88,5-4
    ..2011
    1958 10 26

    .London, EnglandKilburn Gaumont..DE5839.corrTimner-4/27.2011
    1958 10 28.Paris, FrancePalais De Chaillot..DE5840
    DE5841
    96,1-8
    94,3-4
    93,3-4
    91,5-5
    91,4-2
    90,4-3
    90,3-2
    90,3-6
    90,2-6
    90,1-5
    86,2-1
    VARphoto
    corrTimner-4
    NDCS 1047
    .2011
    1958 10 29PARISAlhambra...DE5842
    DE5843
    07,2-28
    02,2-25
    01,1-7
    96,1-8
    94,3-4
    93,3-4
    91,5-5
    91,4-2
    90,4-3
    90,3-2
    90,2-6
    90,1-5
    86,2-1
    corrTimner-4/27
    NDCS 1047
    .2011
    1958 10 30DORTMUNDWestfalenhalle.......2011
    1958 10 30.Paris, France.Recording session Duke's Sidemen..03,1-24..2011
    1958 10 31.Bruxelles, La BelgiqueBEAUX ARTS......2011

    November 1958

    1958 11 01.Den HaagHouttrusthallen......2011
    1958 11 02.Amsterdam, The NetherlandsConcertgebouw..DE9062
    DE5844
    08,1-10+35
    07,3-17+42
    07,2-7
    06,2-11+52
    99,3-7
    97,2-3
    94,2-9
    93,3-2
    92,4-3
    92,2-6
    91,5-5
    91,2-6
    85,4-11
    corrTimner-4
    NDCS 1081
    .2011
    1958 11 04.Stockholm, SwedenTennishallen..DE584592,4-3.Lambertphoto2011
    1958 11 05.OsloCentral StationInterv Karin Borg Mansaker.....2011
    1958 11 05.OsloNjardhallen..DE584607,3-19
    97,4-14
    97,3-14
    97,2-3
    92,4-3
    90,3-2
    90,2-3
    corrTimner-4/32
    ..2011
    1958 11 06.GoeteborgKonserthus..DE5847
    DE5848
    05,3-57
    03,1-15
    02,1-16
    01,3-16
    01,1-7
    97,4-14
    97,2-3
    92,4-3
    90,3-2
    90,2-3
    88,4-5
    86,2-1
    84,4-8
    83,3-2
    ..2011
    1958 11 07.CopenhagenK.B.Hallen..DE5849
    DE5850
    96,1-4..2011
    1958 11 08.Berlin Deutschland Halle..DE5851...2011
    1958 11 09.HamburgErnst Merck Hall......2011
    1958 11 10.EssenStadthalle......2011
    1958 11 11.HannoverNiedersachsenh.......2011
    1958 11 12.FrankfurtKongresshalle......2011
    1958 11 13.NürnbergMessehalle......2011
    1958 11 14.Munchen.Bayr Rundfunk-Broadcast.....2011
    1958 11 14.MunchenDeutsches Museum..DE5852
    DE5853
    03,3-28
    03,2-27
    01,3-16
    00,2-16
    97,2-3
    corrTimner-4.2011
    1958 11 15.Munich.Recording Session Duke's Sidemen..09,3-33
    99,4-25
    ..2011
    1958 11 15.WienStadthalle......2011
    1958 11 16.Basel...DE585402,1-25