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Duke Ellington Treasury shows 1945

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A couple of years ago I did five big-band programs based on Duke Ellington's 1945 Treasury shows. These were weekly broadcasts that Ellington did for the U.S. government to help sell war bonds; they were called "Your Saturday Date With the Duke," and they were often done while Duke was on the road somewhere. The music is a mix of contemporary pop hits, staples from the Ellington songbook, and Ellington/Strayhorn compositions that sometimes were never (or rarely) performed or recorded again. (Previous Organissimo discussion of the Treasury shows here. Generally the band did two, three, or four numbers, and then the MC and/or Duke made a pitch to buy war bonds.

 

The programs I did were distillations from 4 CDs' worth of broadcasts, presented with some background about the times and the music, each one representing a month's worth of shows (these were done as 60th-anniversary commemorations for the end of World War II). Yesterday I posted April 1945 and today I posted

Duke Ellington Treasury Shows May 1945. Over the next three days I'll post June, July, and August 1945.

 

Still hoping that Storyville will resume/finish the D.E.T.S. series (they're halfway through but have slowed significantly--owing, I'd imagine, to Karl Emil Knudsen's passing away).

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"Duke Ellington: the Treasury Shows, June 1945" is now archived.

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A couple of years ago I did five big-band programs based on Duke Ellington's 1945 Treasury shows. These were weekly broadcasts that Ellington did for the U.S. government to help sell war bonds; they were called "Your Saturday Date With the Duke," and they were often done while Duke was on the road somewhere. The music is a mix of contemporary pop hits, staples from the Ellington songbook, and Ellington/Strayhorn compositions that sometimes were never (or rarely) performed or recorded again. (Previous Organissimo discussion of the Treasury shows here. Generally the band did two, three, or four numbers, and then the MC and/or Duke made a pitch to buy war bonds.

The programs I did were distillations from 4 CDs' worth of broadcasts, presented with some background about the times and the music, each one representing a month's worth of shows (these were done as 60th-anniversary commemorations for the end of World War II). Yesterday I posted April 1945 and today I posted

Duke Ellington Treasury Shows: May 1945. Over the next three days I'll post June, July, and August 1945.

Still hoping that Storyville will resume/finish the D.E.T.S. series (they're halfway through but have slowed significantly--owing, I'd imagine, to Karl Emil Knudsen's passing away).

I hope so too; I really love this series.

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I hope so three.

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Are these shows still from the Mel Torme tapes?

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Thought they were drawn from acetates or transcriptions that Jerry Valburn had gathered... was Mel collecting them at some point? Supposedly it took Valburn quite a long time to piece the broadcasts back together into anything resembling complete form.

 

The July 1945 program is now posted; the last one (Aug. '45) will go up tomorrow morning.

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I should have said Mel Torme acetates.

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FWIW, the series started as 5 (or more) lps on the Fairmont label. The source material was a series of acetates comissioned by Mel Torme. The notes to the Fairmonts thanked Mel for the material.

Jerry Valburn is a whole 'nuther story.

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I have Vol.1

Mel had them professionally recorded, according to the liners he wrote.

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All five of the 2005 WFIU Big Bands Duke Ellington Treasury programs are now posted.

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Just to be clear: Do the the Fairmont LPs that came from Torme’s Collection contain the same performances released on the LPs on DETS? 

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