There are numerous video and film clips with Duke Ellington available on internet. We have grouped some of the more unusual together in a video montage spanning from 1930 to 1970. Below is an example from Ed Sullivan Show from 1961 with Duke and Satchmo.
The following can be seen and listened to in the Goodies Room:
1 Extracts from the movie Check And Double Check from 1930, an Amos & Andy adventure. Various tunes are played, the only complete one being Old Man Blues other numbers are When I’m Blue, East St Louis Toodle-Oo and Three Little words. On the latter tune the singing is by The Rhythm Boys although the impression from the movie is that the trumpet players are doing this job. One interesting detail is that Juan Tizol’s face has been blackened,
2. 3. & 4. The following sequences are from Ed Sullivan Shows from 1959, 1965 and 1969.
5. Titled Special Medley, this is a 1966 version of Satin Doll
6. Duke Ellington with Edie Adams in 1962, Edie is accompanied by an orchestra led by Peter Matz, reinforced by Ellington, Hodges and Carney. She sings an Ellington Medley and Satin Doll
7. A rare footage from an Ellington’s concert in Palermo in July 1970, with a solo by Canadian fluegel horn player Fred Stone
We hope that you will enjoy the performances!