Included are a series of short films made in Hollywood featuring
Ellington performing his biggest hits: Black And Tan (1929) directed by
Dudley Murphy; Check and Double Check (1930) directed by Melville Brown;
Symphony in Black (1934) directed by Fred Waller; Paramount Pictorial
No. 889 (1937); The Hit Parade of 1937; and RKO Jamboree No. 7 (1943)
directed by Jay Bonafield.
Selections: Black And Tan Fantasy, The Duke Steps Out, Black Beauty, Cotton Club Stomp, Flaming Youth, Same Train, Black And Tan Fantasy, Three Little Words, Old Man Blues, The Laborers, A Trangle (Dance, Jealousy, Blues), A Hymn Of Sorrow, Harlem Rhythm, Daybreak Express, On Babe! Maybe Someday, I've Got To Be A Rug Cutter, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady, It Don't Mean a Thing, Don't Get Around Much Anymore