The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 210

Legends Mix

Today in my playlist one of the greatest masterpieces of Duke Ellington, the East St. Louis Toodle-Oo, in a recording from 1956, one of the smoothest versions around. Now- serious jazz on the Legends of the Rocking Dutchman? Well, kinda sorta. The Toodle-Oo goes back to 1927 and it was a showcase for the genius trumpeter Bubber Miley and trombonist Tricky Sam Nanton to show their antics on their horns. With that, they gave the orchestra of the Duke the fame to be the dirtiest sounding band around.

The Cotton Club where they played had the most awkward kind of segregation that you can think of, with a whites only policy at the main door and blacks only at the artists entrance - be it musicians, entertainers or stage dancers. Just imagine the sensation the Duke brought in there! The story of the influence of African-American music on our nowadays music goes with the classics of blues, the masterpieces of jazz as much as with the obscure ditties that were nearly forgot.

And besides - great music is never out of style.



  1. Monkey Joe - Trouble Comin' On
  2. Lee Brown & Sam Price's Fly Cats - Moanin' Dove
  3. Doctor Clayton - Watch Out Mama
  4. Sonny Boy Williams - Jump It But Don't Bump It
  5. Clarence Profit - Times Square Blues
  6. Todd Rhodes - Flying Disc
  7. Gene Phipps - After Hours Bounce
  8. Big Three Trio - Money Tree Blues
  9. Lillette Thomas - Blues For My Daddy
  10. Deryck Sampson - Basin Street Boogie
  11. Dinah Washington - You Satisfy
  12. Frank Culley & Harry Van Walls - Rhumboogie Jive
  13. Gene Parrish - Left Behind Blues
  14. Duke Ellington - East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
  15. Sherman Williams - Across the Country Blues
  16. Cleo Brown - Hole In The Wall
  17. Muddy Waters - Mean Red Spider


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Duke Ellington - Goin' to Town
  • Duke Ellington - East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
  • Joe Morris - Wilma's Idea
  • Ken Jones - Chicken Pot Pie
  • Sonny Thompson - Kenner Cuts One