V.I.P.’s Boogie – 1951
A spectacular performance featuring nine great soloists
Duke Ellington designed his “V.I.P.’s Boogie” as a way of introducing many of his band’s soloists; its second half would later be retitled “Jam With Sam.”
For this 1951 version which was designed as a television transcription that could be played between live TV shows, Ellington features some of the many riches of his orchestra.
The memorable performance concludes with Cat Anderson displaying his phenomenal range.
When it is considered that Ray Nance and Clark Terry were also in this orchestra, it is pretty remarkable how many highly individual soloists Duke Ellington had in the 1950s.