Wednesday, November 24, 2010

That Express Train Thing—
Duke Ellington makes a record (1937)

Ivie Anderson
Ivie Anderson (1905-1949), arguably the best vocalist Ellington ever had, makes an appearance at the end. She sang with the band for eleven years before chronic asthma forced her to retire in 1942.

Viewing time 5 minutes.


Anonymous said...

Thanks! I really enjoyed this. As a Duke fan, I'm chagrined to not have known about Ivie. Also, I can't say enough how glad I am to have discovered you thru NPR. I haven't missed a day since.... Gobble!



Thanks Sandi. Very glad you're with us.

I'm no expert, but I read Beyond Category: The Life And Genius Of Duke Ellington, by John Edward Hasse a few years back and thought it was very well done. There's also a companion chronological two CD release.

Anonymous said...

It's good to see this short film again.

Ellington's record labels were quite beautiful and I've posted quite a few to my website, The Dooji Collection at

I have a fairly comprehensive website called Ellington on the Web at Drop in and enjoy learning about the man and his music.

David Palmquist
Delta, BC, Canada

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