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Duke's Itinerary

Additions to Duke’s Itinerary by Roger Boyes

DEMS 08/3-8

I spent three days in the Ellington Archive in Washington DC in late September, and unearthed some additions to the listings in Stratemann (p241) and Vail 1 (pp231-2). There are also anomalies. The dates below are all listed on the weekly financial statements.
Sunday 21Feb43, Toledo Ohio. (Ellington Archive, Smithsonian, Series 3, Box 55, Folder 28).
Tuesday 23Feb43, Warren Ohio. This is a second night, presumably at the Robin Theatre. (Same Folder).
Thursday 4Mar43 (my first birthday!). Newark, NJ. (Folder 30).
Stratemann and Vail 1 describe Friday 12 to Thursday 18Mar43 as a week-long engagement at the Boston Roseland, but the weekly statement lists the following:
Friday 12Mar43, Boston.
Saturday 13Mar43, Portland, Maine.
Sunday, 14Mar43, Holyoke Mass.
Tuesday 16Mar43, Cumberland, Maryland.
Wednesday 17Mar43, Greensburg, Penna.
Thursday 18Mar43, Johnstown, Penna. (weekly statements in Box 55, though I didn't note the Folder number; it should be Folder 33 or thereabouts).
The weekly statements list the receipts, but they don't name the venues in the towns visited.
Capitol Theatre, Steubenville Ohio, one-nighter during the weekend following the week at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh. This must have been on Saturday 27Mar43, since we know they were in Washington on Friday and travelled across to play New Haven in Connecticut on Sunday. So it meant they had to go from Pittsburgh to Washington, and then almost all the way back again, since Steubenville, though in Ohio, is quite near Pittsburgh. I gleaned this information, along with the others, from the weekly financial statements in the Ellington Archive, Smithsonian, Series 3, Box 55.
I'm beginning to see why Otto took leave of absence during the Hurricane residency. It turns out that Sax Mallard subbed for him during much of March as well.

Additions to Duke’s Itinerary by Arne Neegaard

DEMS 08/3-9

10Jan    Shine Paramount, NYC, New York
11Jan    Shine Paramount, NYC, New York
12Jan    Shine Paramount, NYC, New York
13Jan    Shine Paramount, NYC, New York
02Feb    Parkway Theater, Madison, Wisconsin
10Feb    Junior Hop, University of Michigan
11Feb    Junior Hop, University of Michigan
12Feb    Pabst Theater, Milwaukee
Returning from Europe and on the road again
20Jul    Old Orchard Pier, Portland, Maine
28Jul    Geneva´s Club 86, NYC, New York
29Jul    Geneva´s Club 86, NYC, New York
30Jul    Geneva´s Club 86, NYC, New York


27Oct    Three Rivers Inn, Syracuse, New York
28Oct    Three Rivers Inn, Syracuse, New York
29Oct    Three Rivers Inn, Syracuse, New York

31Mar    The Oasis, Austin, Minnesota
01Apr    The Armar Ballroom, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
03Apr    The Guild´s Page-One Ball, Washington DC
05Apr    Lincoln University Gymnasium, Jefferson City, Missouri
07Apr    The Terp, Austin, Iowa
08Apr    Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa
09Apr    Great Hall, Memorial Union, Ames, Iowa
20Apr    Owensboro, Illinois
11May    Canobie Lake Park Ballroom, Salem, New Hampshire


21Sep   ”Biggest Show of 1951” tour until 29Nov
15Dec    White City Park, Harrisburg, Illinois

04Jan    Riverview Ballroom, Sauk City, Wisconsin

04Mar    Madison, Wisconsin – UWIS Stock Pavilion
        (with Dave Brubeck Quartet )
12Mar    NYC, Louis Armstrong´s opening night at Basin Street
14Mar    Edgewater Park, Celina, Ohio

    Newcastle, Indiana

The last entry (Newcastle) is based on a story that appeared in several newspapers in Mar54:
“Ellington, the Gourmet, had been travelling all around the world and eaten at the best restaurants but never had tasted a really good ice cream. This prompted the owner of North Star Ice Cream, Muncie, Ind., to drive the 15 miles to Newcastle and presented Duke and his men with 5 gallons of fresh pear ice cream.

Additions to Duke’s Itinerary by Ken Steiner

Club Harlem

DEMS 08/3-10

New research in an untapped source - the Inter-State Tattler - indicates that "Duke Ellington and His Band" played Sunday afternoon matinees at Club Harlem throughout the first four months of 1929, while working nightly at the Cotton Club. The Tatter contained ads for black clubs in Harlem and lively social coverage missing from New York's other black papers. Unfortunately, microfilm collections of the Tattler contain many gaps. The first issue with an ad for Ellington at Club Harlem was in the 4Jan29 issue, and ads ran through 24Mar29. From 31Mar - 14Apr the venue switched to the Lenox Ave. Club, and the last ad was 28Apr in a return to Club Harlem.
The 22Mar29 issue indicated Ellington's performance were popular: "the taxis are lined up for two blocks from Club Harlem."


DEMS 08/3-11

Duke Ellington’s broadcasts from the original Cotton Club breakdown into three phases.

Dec27–Feb29: During his first 15 months at the Cotton Club Ellington was only heard locally in New York over WHN and its sister station WPAP.

Feb29–Jun30: Ellington attained national exposure when he joined WABC and the Columbia (CBS) network, with broadcasts relayed “coast-to-coast.”

Sep30–Feb31, Feb32, Mar-May33: Ellington’s switch to WJZ and WEAF, flagship stations of NBC’s two networks, the Blue and Red respectively, meant that the orchestra’s music was heard over more stations, with greater coverage and more prestige.

Recent research in NBC Log Books held at the Library of Congress reveals song titles of Ellington’s 1930-31, 1932, and 1933 broadcasts from the Cotton Club. A search of NBC Master Books, NBC’s official record of the broadcast day, located 51 Ellington broadcasts from the Fall 1930 – Winter 1931 season (29Sep30–3Feb31). Log Books, with the “Corrected Traffic Sheets” for each program, listing song titles and other details, were found for 27 of those programs. Song titles were either handwritten or typed. Some of the logs are difficult to read, and the song titles are listed here as spelled and as best can be deciphered.  Correct spellings and commentary have been contributed by Steven Lasker. Ellington’s 1932 and 1933 NBC broadcasts will be listed in a future issue of DEMS.

In addition to the regular Cotton Club broadcasts, Ellington was heard from the Cotton Club on the Friday, 24oct30 RKO Theatre of the Air, WEAF and Red Network 10:30-11:00 pm, which featured Amos and Andy on the premiere of their movie Check and Double Check.  The orchestra performed Ring Dem Bells and  I’m So in Love With You.

Monday, September 29, 1930. WJZ 12:00–12:30 am

Tuesday, September 30, 1930. WEAF 11:00-11:30 pm

Thursday, October 2, 1930. WEAF 11:30-12:00 mid
Black Beauty; Jasamine [Sweet Jazz o’Mine]; Linda* [from the Cotton Club Revue “Blackberries Crop of 1931 in Brown Sugar”]; Hitting the Bottom [Hittin’ the Bottle]; [I’ll Be a Friend] With Pleasure*; Milanburg Joys [Milenberg Joys*]; I’m a Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas*; You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me*

Monday, October 6, 1930. WJZ 12:00-12:30 am
Liza; The Mootch [The Mooch]; Hittin’ the Bottle; Linda*; Ring Those Bells [Ring Dem Bells]; Three Little Words; Cotton Club Stomp; [I’ll Be a Friend] With Pleasure*; Signature [ESLTO]

Tuesday, October 7, 1930. WEAF 11:00-11:30 pm
Stevedore Stomp; Liza; Saturday Night Function; In the Shade of the old Apple Tree; [I’ll Be a Friend] With Pleasure*; Three Little Words; Old Man Blues; Tiger Rag

Thursday, October 9, 1930. WEAF 11:30-12:00 mid
Tiger Rag; Doing[Doin’] the Voom-Voom; [I’ll Be a Friend] With Pleasure*; Japanese Dreams [Japanese Dream]; Poor Butterfly; Siren Song*; Just a Word of Consolation*; I’ll See You in My Dreams*; Nobody’s Sweetheart Now*; Ring Those Bells [Ring Dem Bells]

Monday, October 13, 1930. WJZ 12:00-12:30 am

Tuesday October 14, 1930. WEAF 11:00-11:30 pm

Thursday, October 16, 1930. WEAF 11:30-12:00 mid
(Pre-empted by Hal Kemp and his Orchestra)

Monday, October 20, 1930. WJZ 12:00-12:30 am
Sig.- (Blues); Stepping Out [The Duke Steps Out?]; [My] Bluebird [Was] Caught in the Rain*; [I’ll Be a Friend] With Pleasure*; Running Wild; [I’m] So In Love With You; Mood Indigo; Hittin’ the Bottle; [In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree;
Sig. – (Blues)

Thursday, October 23, 1930. WEAF 11:30-12:00 mid

Monday, October 27, 1930. WJZ 12:00-12:30 am
Signature; In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree; Three Little Words; St. James Infirmary; I’m So in Love With You; Just a Little Dance, Ma’m zelle*; Mood Indigo; Old Man Blues

Tuesday, October 28, 1930. WJZ 11:00-11:30 pm
I’m Nobody’s Sweetheart, Now [Nobody’s Sweetheart*]; Dicty Glide; Wang Wang Blues; I’m So in Love with You; Black and Tan Fantasy; Tiger Rag; If I Could Be with You [One Hour Tonite]*

Thursday, October 30, 1930. WEAF 11:00-11:30 pm
I’m a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas*; Secret Passion [You’re My Secret Passion*]; You’re lucky [to Me]; [I’ll Be a Friend] With pleasure*; Old Man Blues; A little dance [Mam’selle]*;[I’m] So in love [with You]; Duke sits down [The Duke Steps Out?]

Monday, November 3, 1930. WJZ 12:00-12:30 am
Stevedore Stomp; Just a little dance Mamselle*; My blue bird was caught in the rain; The Mooche; I’m so in love with you; Mood Indigo; Old Man Blues

Tuesday, November 4, 1930. WEAF 11:00-11:30 pm
(Duke Ellington crossed out)

Thursday, November 6, 1930. WEAF 11:30-12:00 mid
Signature; The Duke Steps Out; Poor Butterfly; Just One Word*; Siren Song*; [I’ll] See You In My Dreams*; Jazz Lips; I’m So In Love With You; Three Little Words; [The] Mooch; Old Man Blues

Monday, November 10, 1930. WJZ 12:00-12:30 am

Tuesday, November 11, 1930. WEAF 11:00-11:30 pm

Thursday, November 13, 1930. WEAF 11:30-12:00 pm
Black Beauty; Hitting the Bottle “Vanities”; You’re the One I Care For [possibly recorded 10Jan31]; Sugar Hill Flats*; You’re Lucky to Me “Blackbirds of 1930”; A Mood Indigo; The Lindy Hop “Blackbirds of 1930”; Under [in] the Shade of the Old Apple Tree; East St. Louis Toddle-O

Monday, November 17, 1930. WJZ 12:00-12:30 am

Tuesday, November 18, 1930. WEAF 11:00-11:30 pm
x Sugar Hill Flat – Piano Solo; Old Man Blues; Japanese Dream; Poor Butterfly; Siren Song; Just A Word of Consolation; I’ll See You In My Dreams; When You’re Smiling [The Whole World Smiles with You]; The Mooch; Tiger Rag
x Piano badly out of tune
y Vocal Chorus

Thursday, November 20, 1930. WEAF 11:30-12:00 mid
Alabamy Home; Black Beauty; Three Little Words; Linda; Black and Tan Fantasy; I’m So in Love with You; Cotton Club Rhapsody [Creole Rhapsody?]

Monday, November 24, 1930. WJZ 12:00-12:30 am

Tuesday, November 25, 1930. WEAF 11:00-11:30 pm

Thursday, November 27, 1930. WEAF 11:30-12:00 mid

Monday, December 1, 1930. 12:00-12:30 am

Tuesday, December 2, 1930. WEAF 11:00-11:30 am
The Stevedore Stomp; Brown Buddies [Brown Berries]; Hittin the Bottle; Three little words; Jazz Lips; Black & Tan Fantasy; I’m so in love with You

Thursday, December 4, 1930. WEAF 11:30-12:00 mid
Confessin’* by vocal trio of the Cotton Club; Black Beauty; Running Wild; [I’ll Be a Friend] With Pleasure*; Mood Indigo; I’m So in Love with You; Old Man Blues; The Milenburg [Milenberg] Joys*

Monday, December 8, 1930. WJZ 12:00-12:30 am

Tuesday, December 9, 1930. WEAF 11:00-11:30 pm
East St. Louis Toddle-Lo; Flaming Youth; Us & Co*; Dreaming Sweet Dreams [of Love?]; I’m A Ding-Dong Daddy [from Dumas]*; St. Louis Blues; [That] Lindy Hop; The Mooch

Thursday, December 11, 1930. WEAF 11:30-12:00 am
Jungle Nights on Lennox Ave. [Jungle Nights in Harlem?]; Us and Company*; When a black man is blue; Ring dem bells; You’re lucky to me; Black & Tan Fantasy; Tiger Rag

Tuesday, December 16, 1930. WEAF 11:00-11:30 pm
St. Louis Toddle-O; Stevedore Stomp; Five-Six-Seven-Eight-Nine Little Miles From Ten-Ten-Tennessee; In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree; Three Little Words; Wang Wang Blues; The Mooch; I’m So In Love With You; Lindy Hop “Blackbirds of 1930”

Thursday, December 18, 1930. WEAF 11:30 -12:00 mid
Mills Blue Rhythm Band substituted

Monday, December 22, 1930. WJZ 12:00-12:30 am
Stevedore Stomp; When a black man’s blue; [That] Lindy Hop; [I’m] So in love with you; Milenburg [Milenberg] Joys*; St. Louis Blues

Tuesday, December 23, 1930. WEAF 11:00-11:30 pm
California Rhapsody [Creole Rhapsody?]; You’re Lucky to me; Mood Indigo; Cotton Club Stomp; Getting myself ready for you*; Three little words; Nobody’s Sweetheart Now*; I’m so in Love with You

Thursday, December 25, 1930. WEAF 11:30-12:00 mid

Monday, December 29, 1930. WJZ 12:00-12:30 am

Tuesday, December 30, 1930. WEAF 11:00-11:30 pm
Sand [San?]; Blue Again; You’re Driving Me Crazy; That Saturday Night Function; High Society Blues; Awful Sad; He’s My Secret Passion*; I’m So in Love With You

Thursday, January 1, 1931. WEAF 11:30-12:00 mid

Monday, January 5, 1931. WJZ 12:00-12:30 am

Tuesday, January 6, 1931. WEAF 11:00-11:30 pm
St. Louis Toddle-O (Signature); Ring Dem Bells; Something to Remember You By* “Three’s a Crowd”; Bye Bye Blues*; Body and Soul “Three’s a Crowd”; The Milenburg [Milenberg] Joys*; Awful Sad; Cotton Club Stomp; That Saturday Night Function; Old Man Blues; [East] St. Louis Toddle-O (Signature)

Thursday, January 8, 1931. WEAF 11:30-12:00 mid

Monday, January 12, 1931. WJZ 12:00-12:30 am

Tuesday, January 13, 1931. WEAF 11:00-11:30 pm
Dixie Glide [The Dicty Glide]; [She’s] My Secret Passion*; Hittin’ the Bottle; Rockin’ Chair; Ring Dem Bells; Saturday Night Function; Three Little Words; Old Man Blues

Thursday, January 15, 1931. WEAF, January 15, 1931
Rockin’ in Rhythm; What Good Am I without You; Truly; Awful Sad; Peanut Vendor; When a Black Man’s Blue; Ding Dong Daddy; Double Check Stomp

Monday, January 19, 1931. WJZ 12:00-12:30 am

Tuesday, January 20, 1931. WEAF 11:00-11:30 pm
Cotton Club Stomp; Blue Again; I’m getting myself ready for you*; Black & Tan Fantasy; I’m alone because I love you*; [The] Peanut Vendor; Brooklyn Rhapsody [Creole Rhapsody?]; St. Louis Blues

Thursday, January 22, 1931. WEAF 11:30-12:00 mid
St. Louis Toddle-O; Milenburg [Milenberg] Joys*; Rockin Chair; I’m So Afraid of You; St. Louis Blues; Stardust; Keep A Song In Your Soul; Mood Indigo; St. Louis Toddle-O

Tuesday, January 27, 1931. WEAF 11:00-11:30 pm
The Cotton Club Stomp; When Your Hair Has Turned to Silver; In the shade of the old Apple Tree; Dreaming Sweet Dreams of You; The Peanut Vendor; Doing the Boom-Boom [Doin’ the Voom-Voom]; I’m So in Love With You; Hot and Bothered

Thursday, January 29, 1931. WEAF 11:30-12:00 mid
Rockin’ in Rhythm; Three Little Words; St. Louis Blues; Keep a song in your Soul; Mood Indigo; A Lot of Fingers [Lot o’Fingers]; Rockin’ Chair; Stevedore Stomp; I’m so in Love with you

Monday, February 2, 1931. WJZ 12:00-12:30 am

Tuesday, February 3, 1931; WEAF 11:00-11:30 pm
sig; The Duke Steps Out; I’m So In Love with You; The Mooch; The Double Check Stomp; The Twelfth Street Rag; Black and Tan Fantasy; Tiger Rag; sig[nature]

Note: Asterisked titles were never recorded by Ellington. Some went unrecorded for many years, such as Liza (an Ellington aircheck from 1939 survives, just a single chorus alas; he recorded it commercially for Capitol in 1953) and Poor Butterfly (first recorded by Duke in 1958). Alabamy Home (broadcast 20Nov30) is an intriguing title to find, as Ellington recorded a piece by this title in 1937 that would seem to be of earlier origin given that the words and music were credited to Dave Ringle and Duke Ellington. Ringle was Ellington’s collaborator on Choo Choo (I Gotta Hurry Home), from 1924 - yet the 1937 Alabamy Home is strongly based on 1936’s Caravan.  Go figure!
Steven Lasker