Links, resources and playlists for the 4 sessions in the Jazzed about Jazz: Making Arrangements series I’m giving at DEAR every other Wednesday at 11:30, starting on January 18, 2023.
Session 1: Duke Ellington / Billy Strayhorn
- Flamingo Soundie – 1941 “music video” of the day with Herb Jeffries singing his signature tune with the Ellington Orchestra, enlivened by the dancing of Janet Collins and Talley Beatty.
- Nutcracker Playback episode – 5-minute TV ad for Columbia Records promoting The Nutcracker Suite, including Ellington conducting his orchestra and chatting about being Ellington.
- Lush Life – Exquisite recording of Billy Strayhorn’s masterpiece sung by Johnny Hartman on his 1963 album with John Coltrane. Strayhorn wrote it as a teenager, but it wasn’t performed publicly until 1948.