Logo
Call Us
Categories

DjangoBooks.com

Welcome to our Community!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

In this Discussion

Today's Birthdays

euryleia chrisd

Related Discussions

Who's Online (1)

  • tomcunn 9:46PM

Django in the States

Does anyone know if there is a complete list of tunes Django played while touring the states with Duke Ellington's band?

Comments

  • I don't know if there is a complete list as not every performance was documented (it's not even clear if Django actually played during the Canadian leg of the tour). Django tended to play 4-5 tunes a night backed by Duke on piano. The set seems to have been improvised to begin with, Duke and Django only properly rehearsing for 20 minutes on the day of their first gig. Django didn't speak much English so they stuck to familiar tunes: Honeysuckle Rose, a blues (in Eb - later called A Blues Riff), an improvised variation of Tiger Rag (referred to variously as Tiger Rag and Ride Red Ride) and 'a tune which even Ellington admitted on stage he was unable to identify' - probably either Improvisation 1 or 2. By the time he got to Carnegie Hall, Django was also playing Rose Room and Body and Soul. Apart from his improvisations, Django didn't play any of his own tunes which is one of the disappointments of the tour. So the list is probably:

    Honeysuckle Rose
    Tiger Rag / Ride Red Ride
    Blues in Eb / A Blues Riff
    Improvisation 1 and/or 2
    Rose Room
    Body and Soul

    I find this website an excellent source of information: https://gypsyjazzuk.wordpress.com I don't know who put it together but it's a great resource.
    Fuméepickitjohn
  • PapsPierPapsPier âś­âś­
    edited July 4
    Here is the set list of one of the concerts
    November 10, 1946. Chicago.
    Concert at the Civic Opera House. Django Reinhardt sits in!

    Duke Elligton & His Orchestra: Cat Anderson, Shorty Baker, Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, Ray Nance, t; Lawrence Brown, Wilbur DeParis, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Russell Procope, as, cl; Johnny Hodges, as; Jimmy Hamilton, ts, cl; Al Sears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Oscar Pettiford, b; Sonny Greer, d.

    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/1 Ring Dem Bells
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/2 Jumpin' Punkins
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/3 Beale Street Blues
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/4 Memphis Blues
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/5 The Golden Feather
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/6 The Air Conditioned Jungle
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/7 Unbooted Character [as A Very Unbooted Character]
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/8 Sultry Sunset
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/9 THE DEEP SOUTH SUITE
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/9a Magnolias Dripping With Molasses [The Deep South Suite]
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/9b Hearsay [The Deep South Suite]
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/9c There Was Nobody Looking [The Deep South Suite]
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/9d Happy-Go-Lucky Local [The Deep South Suite]
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/10 Things Ain't What They Used To Be
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/11 Hiawatha
    Django Reinhardt, g, sits in.
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/12 Ride Red Ride
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/13 A Blues Riff
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/14 Improvisation #2
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/15 Honeysuckle Rose
    Djano Reinhardt, g, sits out.
    Prima DC-01 GCC:1/16 Blue Skies [as Trumpets No End]

    And at Carnegie Hall some tunes have been recorded. There is also the recordings of Django from Savory collection.
    November 23, 1946. New York.
    Concert at Carnegie Hall.

    Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Cat Anderson, Shorty Baker, Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, Ray Nance, Francis Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Wilbur DeParis, tb; Claude Jones, vtb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Russell Procope, as, cl; Johnny Hoges, as; AlSears, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl; Duke Ellington, p; Fred Guy, g; Oscar Pettiford, b; Sonny Greer, d.

    JDB-305 V-Disc 742 C46:16
    VDisc:3/3 Golden Cress
    V-Disc 742 C46:17
    VDisc:3/20 Sultry Sunset
    V-Disc C46:18-21
    VDisc:1/12-15 THE DEEP SOUTH SUITE
    JDB-327 V-Disc 750 C46:18
    VDisc:1/12 Magnolias Dripping With Molasses [The Deep South Suite]
    JDB-328 V-Disc 750 C46:19
    VDisc:1/13 Hearsay [The Deep South Suite]
    JDB-329 V-Disc 759 C46:20
    VDisc:1/14 There Was Nobody Looking [The Deep South Suite]
    JDB-330 V-Disc 759 C46:21
    VDisc:1/15 Happy-Go-Lucky Local [The Deep South Suite]



    And to add on what Stuart says, Django was accompanied not only by Django but by the rhythmic section (drums, bass and piano). And I remember reading enthusiastic comments from Sonny Greer (or maybe it was Oscar pettiford) about Django.

    And more about that from a knowledgeable Djangophile
    http://www.djangobooks.com/forum/discussion/comment/28914/#Comment_28914

    Enclosed one of the program booklet
    FuméeBill Da Costa Williams
  • PapsPierPapsPier âś­âś­
    edited July 4
    And more about that from some knowledgeable Djangophiles
    http://www.djangobooks.com/forum/discussion/comment/28914/#Comment_28914

    Enclosed one of the program booklet
    FuméeWim Glenn
Sign In or Register to comment.
Kryptronic Internet Software Solutions