Duke Ellington - 1942

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 221:

Harold "Shorty" Baker came into the band in 1942 to give us our first trumpet section of four. He joined Ray Nance, Rex Stewart, and Wallace Jones, and with his phenomenal phrasing and tone control he was an immense asset. He ad-libbed hot or blues as though he were recalling some beautiful dreams of St. Louis, his home and birthplace. His way of playing a melody was absolutely personal, and he had no bad notes at all.

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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 221. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429449155531 accessed: 22 July, 2024


Duke Ellington
lyricist, performer, piantist, Composer […]

Listening to

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trumpet music
written by Miles Davis
performed by Harold Baker

Experience Information

Date/Time 1942
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:12:35 +0100
Approved on Wed, 17 May 2017 10:36:00 +0100