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1965


Ellington Sessions 1965


January 12, 1965. Chicago.

Verve recording session at Universal Studios? Duke Ellington supervising. Joya herself has confirmed that Duke Ellington was in the control room for this session.

Joya Sherrill: Cootie Williams, t (cd tracks 1, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11); Johnny Hodges, as (1, 2, 7, 10); Paul Gonsalves, ts (4, 7, 10); Ernie Harper, p; John Lamb, b; Sam Woodyard, d.

Verve Joya:1 Mood Indigo
Joya Sherrill, vocal
Verve Joya:2 Prelude To A Kiss
Joya Sherrill, vocal
Verve Joya:4 Sophisticated Lady
Joya Sherrill, vocal
Verve Joya:5 Kissing Bug
Joya Sherrill, vocal
Verve Joya:6 In A Sentimental Mood
Joya Sherrill, vocal
Verve Joya:7 Duke's Place
Joya Sherrill, vocal
Verve Joya:10 Things Ain't What They Used To Be
Joya Sherrill, vocal
Verve Joya:11 Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me)
Joya Sherrill, vocal


January 19, 1965. New York.

Reprise recording session at Fine Studios for the album "Ellington '66."

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Ray Nance, c; Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington, Herb Jones, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, tb; Chuck Connors, btb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, ts; Duke Ellington, p; John Lamb, b; Sam Woodyard, d.

5097 Reprise R-6154 RSR:4/22 Moon River
5098 Reprise R-6154 RSR:4/15 All My Lovin'
5099 Reprise R-6154 RSR:4/18 Days Of Wine And Roses
5100 Reprise R-6154 RSR:4/21
GPC:2/13
Satin Doll


January 21, 1965. New York.

Reprise recording session at Fine Studios.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Ray Nance, c; Cat Anderson, Herb Jones, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, tb; Chuck Connors, btb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, ts; Duke Ellington, p; John Lamb, b; Sam Woodyard, d.

5101 Reprise R-6154 RSR:4/12 Red Roses For A Blue Lady
5102-8 Reprise R-6154 RSR:4/17 I Want To Hold Your Hand
5103 Reprise R-6154 RSR:4/16 A Beautiful Friendship
5104-9 Reprise R-6154 RSR:4/23 Ellington '66


January 29, 1965. Paris.

Concert at the Theatre des Champs Elysees.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Ray Nance, c; Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington, Herb Jones, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, tb; Chuck Connors, btb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, bs; Duke Ellington, p; John Lamb, b; Sam Woodyard, d.

RTE 710434 Eur1:1/6 Happy-Go-Lucky Local
RTE 710434 Eur1:2/1 Take The "A" Train
RTE 710434 Eur1:2/13 Jam With Sam
RTE 710434 Eur1:2/14 The "C" Jam Blues


January 30, 1965. Paris.

First Concert at the Theatre des Champs Elysees broadcast on Europe 1.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Ray Nance, c; Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington, Herb Jones, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, tb; Chuck Connors, btb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, bs; Duke Ellington, p; John Lamb, b; Sam Woodyard, d.

Jazz Club 124 2GC:10 Take The "A" Train
Jazz Club 124 2GC:11a Satin Doll
Jazz Club 124 2GC:11b Sophisticated Lady
Jazz Club 124 2GC:12 Jungle Kitty [as Meow]
Jazz Club 124 2GC:13 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
Jazz Club 124 2GC:14 Harmony In Harlem
Jazz Club 124 2GC:15 Things Ain't What They Used To Be
Jazz Club 124 2GC:16 Perdido
Jazz Club 124 2GC:17 Tootie For Cootie [as New Concerto For Cootie]
Jazz Club 124 2GC:18a Carolina Shout
Jazz Club 124 2GC:18b Rockin' In Rhythm
RTE 710434 Eur1:2/9 Jump For Joy
Ray Nance, vocal
RTE 710434 Eur1:2/10 He Huffed 'N' Puffed
Ray Nance, vocal
Jazz Club 124 2GC:19 Take The "A" Train

Second Concert.

RTE 710434 Eur1:1/1 Boo-Dah
RTE 710434 Eur1:1/2 Afro-Bossa
RTE 710434 Eur1:1/3 Ad Lib On Nippon
RTE 710434 Eur1:1/4 The Opener
RTE 710434 Eur1:1/5 Chelsea Bridge
RTE 710434 Eur1:1/7a Satin Doll
RTE 710434 Eur1:1/7b Sophisticated Lady
RTE 710434 Eur1:1/8 BLACK, BROWN & BEIGE
RTE 710434 Eur1:1/8a Worksong [Black, Brown & Beige]
RTE 710434 Eur1:1/8b Come Sunday [Black, Brown & Beige]
RTE 710434 Eur1:1/8c Light [Black, Brown & Beige]
RTE 710434 Eur1:2/2 Jungle Kitty [as Meow]
RTE 710434 Eur1:2/3a Passion Flower
RTE 710434 Eur1:2/3b Things Ain't What They Used To Be
RTE 710434 Eur1:2/4 Jeep's Blues
RTE 710434 Eur1:2/5 Perdido
RTE 710434 Eur1:2/6 Tootie For Cootie
RTE 710434 Eur1:2/7 East St Louis Toodle-Oo
RTE 710434 Eur1:2/8a Soda Fountain Rag
RTE 710434 Eur1:2/8b Rockin' In Rhythm
RTE 710434 Eur1:2/11 Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me)
Ray Nance, vocal
RTE 710434 Eur1:2/12 Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin'
Ray Nance, vocal


February 3, 1965. Berlin, Germany.

Concert at the Sportpalast.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Ray Nance, c; Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington, Herb Jones, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, tb; Chuck Connors, btb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl; Duke Ellington, p; John Lamb, b; Sam Woodyard, d.

Pablo PACD-5304-2 B&P:1 Midriff
Pablo PACD-5304-2 B&P:2 Ad Lib On Nippon
Pablo PACD-5304-2 B&P:3 Chelsea Bridge
Pablo PACD-5304-2 B&P:4 Happy-Go-Lucky Local


March 4, 1965. New York.

Duke Ellington recording session at Fine Studios.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Ray Nance, c; Cat Anderson, Herb Jones, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, tb; Chuck Connors, btb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, bs; Duke Ellington, p; John Lamb, b; Sam Woodyard, d.

-1 Saja 91234-2 PC:10/1 Black
-2 Saja 91234-2 PC:10/2 Come Sunday
-3 Saja 91234-2 PC:10/3 Light
-3 Saja 91234-2 PC:10/11 Ad Lib On Nippon
3393-1 Reprise R-6185 RSR:5/19 Chelsea Bridge
3394-1 Reprise R-6185 RSR:5/20 The Opener
3397-2 Reprise R-6185 RSR:5/23 Fade Up


March 17, 1965. New York.

Duke Ellington recording session at Fine Studios for the album "Concert in the Virgin Islands" (Reprise R-6185).

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Ray Nance, c; Cat Anderson, Herb Jones, Howard McGhee, t; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, tb; Chuck Connors, btb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, bs; Duke Ellington, p; John Lamb, b; Sam Woodyard, d.

-1 Reprise R-6185 RSR:5/16 Jungle Kitty
-3 Saja 91232-2 PC:8/9 Skillipoop
-3 Saja 91232-2 PC:8/10 Banquet Scene
Reprise R-6185 RSR:5/17 Things Ain't What They Used To Be


March 31, 1965. Chicago.

Duke Ellington recording session at Universal Studios.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Ray Nance, c; Cat Anderson, Herb Jones, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, tb; Chuck Connors, btb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, bs; Duke Ellington, p; John Lamb, b; Sam Woodyard, d.

Saja 91234-2 PC:10/4 West Indian Dance
Saja 91234-2 PC:10/5 Emancipation Celebration
Music Masters 5041-2C NBRR:8 The Prowling Cat


April 14, 1965. New York.

Duke Ellington recording session at Fine Studios.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Ray Nance, c; Cat Anderson, Herb Jones, Cootie Williams, Richard Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, tb; Chuck Connors, btb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, bs; Duke Ellington, p; John Lamb, b; Sam Woodyard, d.

-4 Reprise R-6185 RSR:5/21 Mysterious Chick
-8 Reprise R-6185 RSR:5/22 The Barefoot Stomper
-4 Saja 91232-2 PC:8/12 Rod La Rocque
-2 Reprise R-6185 RSR:5/14 Virgin Jungle
-3 Reprise R-6185 RSR:5/13 Island Virgin
-2 Reprise R-6185 RSR:5/15 Fiddle On The Diddle
-2 Saja 91232-2 PC:8/11 Love Scene
-1 Saja 91232-2 PC:8/13 Big Fat Alice's Blues [as Rhythm Section Blues]
-3 Reprise R-6185 RSR:5/18 Big Fat Alice's Blues


May 18, 1965. Chicago.

Duke Ellington recording session at Universal Studios.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Ray Nance, c; Cat Anderson, Herb Jones, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, tb; Chuck Connors, btb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, bs; Duke Ellington, p; John Lamb, b; Sam Woodyard, d.

-12 Saja 91234-2 PC:10/7 Cy Runs Rock Waltz
-19 Saja 91234-2 PC:10/8 Beige
-25 Saja 91234-2 PC:10/9 Sugar Hill Penthouse


May 20, 1965. Chicago.

Duke Ellington recording session at Universal Studios released on the album "Cool Rock."

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Cat Anderson, Herb Jones, Paul Serrano, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, tb; Chuck Connors, btb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, bs; Duke Ellington, p; John Lamb, b; Sam Woodyard, d.

Laserlight 15782 CR:1 Cool Rock
Laserlight 15782 CR:2 P.S. 170
Laserlight 15782 CR:4 Hi June
Laserlight 15782 CR:5 Hi Jane
Laserlight 15782 CR:6 Anatomy Of A Murder
Laserlight 15782 CR:11 The Twitch


August 30, 1965. San Francisco.

Duke Ellington recording session at Coast Recorders Studio.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Nat Adderley, Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington, Allen Smith, t; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, tb; Chuck Connors, btb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, bs; Duke Ellington, p; John Lamb, b; Louis Bellson, d.

-5 Saja 91232-2 PC:8/2 Imagine My Frustration [as When I'm Feeling Kinda Blue]
-4 Saja 91232-2 PC:8/3 El Viti
-4 Saja 91232-2 PC:8/1 Soul Call [as Countdown]
Music Masters 5041-2C NBRR:3 Trombone Buster


September 16, 1965. San Francisco.

A Concert of Sacred Music live from Grace Cathedral.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington, Herb Jones, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, tb; Chuck Connors, btb; Russell Procope, as, ss, cl; Johnny Hodges, as; Jimmy Hamilton, ts, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; John Lamb, b; Louie Bellson, d; Bunny Briggs dances on "David Danced Before The Lord."

Status DSTS-1015 Grace:1 In The Beginning God
The Speaking Choir, vocal
Status DSTS-1015 Grace:2 Will You Be There?
Jon Hendricks and the Herman McCoy Choir, vocal
Status DSTS-1015 Grace:3 Ninety Nine Percent
Jon Hendricks and the Herman McCoy Choir, vocal
Status DSTS-1015 Grace:4 Ain't But The One
Jimmy McPhail, Herman McCoy Choir, vocal
Status DSTS-1015 Grace:5 New World A-Comin'
Status DSTS-1015 Grace:6 In The Beginning God II
Jon Hendricks and the Speaking Choir, vocal
Status DSTS-1015 Grace:7 Heritage
Jon Hendricks, vocal
Status DSTS-1015 Grace:8 The Lord's Prayer
Esther Merrill, vocal
Status DSTS-1015 Grace:9 Come Sunday
Esther Merrill, vocal
Status DSTS-1015 Grace:10 Come Sunday [as David Danced Before The Lord]
Jon Hendricks, vocal
Status DSTS-1015 Grace:11 The Lord's Prayer [II]
Tony Watkins, vocal


September 18, 1965. Monterey, California.

Monterey Jazz Festival.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington, Herbie Jones, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, tb; Chuck Connors, btb; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Jimmy Hamilton, ts, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, bs, cl, bcl; Duke Ellington, p; John Lamb, b; Louis Bellson, d.

IGDJ GJ-64 SRO:10 Ad Lib On Nippon


October 17-20, 1965. Los Angeles.

Verve recording session at United Recorders for the album "Ella at Duke's Place."

Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington, Herb Jones, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, tb; Chuck Connors, btb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, bs; Duke Ellington, p; John Lamb, b; Louis Bellson, d.

-9 Verve V-4070 EADP:1 Something To Live For
Ella Fitzgerald, vocal
-5 Verve V-4070 EADP:2 A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing
Ella Fitzgerald, vocal
-17 Verve V-4070 EADP:3 Passion Flower
Ella Fitzgerald, vocal
-10 Verve V-4070 EADP:4 I Like The Sunrise
Ella Fitzgerald, vocal
-8 Verve V-4070 EADP:5 Azure
Ella Fitzgerald, vocal
-4 Verve V-4070 EADP:6 Imagine My Frustration
Ella Fitzgerald, vocal
-6 Verve V-4070 EADP:7 Duke's Place
Ella Fitzgerald, vocal
Verve V-4070 EADP:8 The Brown Skin Gal (In The Calico Gown)
Ella Fitzgerald, vocal
-3 Verve V-4070 EADP:9 What Am I Here For?
Ella Fitzgerald, vocal
-7 Verve V-4070 EADP:10 Cotton Tail
Ella Fitzgerald, vocal


December 26, 1965. New York.

A Concert of Sacred Music from Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington, Herb Jones, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, Quentin Jackson, tb; Chuck Connors, btb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, as; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts, Harry Carney, bs; Duke Ellington, p; John Lamb, b; Louie Bellson, d; Bunny Briggs dances on "David Danced Before The Lord."

RCA LPM-3582 RCA:18/1 In The Beginning God
Herman McCoy Choir, vocal
RCA LPM-3582 RCA:18/2 Tell Me It's The Truth
Ester Marrow, vocal
RCA LPM-3582 RCA:18/3 Come Sunday
Ester Marrow, vocal
RCA LPM-3582 RCA:18/4 The Lord's Prayer
Ester Marrow, vocal
RCA LPM-3582 RCA:18/5 Come Sunday
RCA LPM-3582 RCA:18/6a Will You Be There?
Jimmy McPhail, Herman McCoy Choir, vocal
RCA LPM-3582 RCA:18/6b Ain't But The One
Jimmy McPhail, Herman McCoy Choir, vocal
RCA LPM-3582 RCA:18/7 New World A-Comin'
RCA LPM-3582 RCA:18/8 Come Sunday [as David Danced Before The Lord]
RCA LPM-3582 RCA:18/9 Ninety Nine Percent
Jimmy McPhail, Herman McCoy Choir, vocal
RCA LPM-3582 RCA:18/10 My Mother, My Father And Love
Duke Ellington, Jimmy McPhail, vocal
RCA LPM-3582 RCA:18/11 New World A-Comin'
RCA LPM-3582 RCA:18/12 A Christmas Surprise
Lena Horne, vocal
RCA LPM-3582 RCA:18/13 A Christmas Surprise
Lena Horne, vocal


1965 - 1974

As Sideman

Pre-Duke

With Duke

1957 - 1964

Highlights