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Ellington
Musicians
Name

Inst

Bday

Born

Died

Years In
Band

Hayes Alvis

5/2

1907

1972

1935-1938

Cat Anderson

9/12

1916

1981

1944-1971* El Viti

Ivie Anderson

7/10

1905

1949

1931-1942

Harold Ashby

ts

3/27

1925

2003

1968-1974

Alice Babs

1/26

1924

Louis Bacon

tv

11/1

1904

1967

1933-1934* Dear Old Southland

Shorty Baker

5/26

1914

1966

1938-1962*

Butch Ballard

12/26

1917

Smith Ballew

1/21

1902

1984

1930

Dud Bascomb

5/16

1916

1972

1947

Sidney Bechet

cl

5/14

1897

1959

1925, 1932

Aaron Bell

4/24

1922

2003

1960-1962

Louie Bellson

7/6

1924

Joe Benjamin

11/4

1919

1974

1970-1974*

Bill Berry

9/14

1930

2002

1961-1962

Barney Bigard cl

3/3

1906

1980

1928-1942

Dave Black

1/23

1928

Jimmy Blanton b

10/??

1918

1942

1939-1941

Wellman
Braud

1/25

1891

1966

1927-1935

Great Moments

It Don't Mean A Thing


(If It Ain't Got That
Swing)

1968

1950-1953*

1951-1953
1965-1966

Skin Deep

1953-1955
Pitter Panther Patter

Lawrence
Brown

tb

8/3

1907

1988

1932-1951
1960-1970

Chick Bullock

9/16

1908

1981

1931

Harry Carney

bs

4/1

1910

1974

1927-1974

Jeff Castleman b

1/27

1946

1967-1969

Chris
Columbus

1/17

1902

1967

Chuck
Connors

tb

8/18

1930

1961-1974

Willie Cook

11/11

1923

4/4

1929

Buster Cooper tb

2000

1951-1970*
1962-1969

Baby Cox

Bing Crosby

5/2

1904

Wild Bill
Davis

org

11/24

1918

Kay Davis

12/5

1920

Wilbur
DeParis

tb

1/11

1900

1973

1945-1947

Henry
Edwards

bb

2/22

1898

1965

1925-1926

4/29

1899

1974

1923-1974

Duke Ellington p

1928

The Mooche

1977

1930 1932

St Louis Blues

1995

1969-1971
1944-1950

Marie
Ellington

Mercer
Ellington

3/11

1919

Rolf Ericson

8/29

Ella Fitzgerald

4/25

Fats Ford

Victor Gaskin

8/25

1934

Matthew Gee

tb

11/25

1925

1979

1959-1963*

Tyree Glenn

tb

11/23

1912

1974

1947-1951
1968-1974

Paul
Gonsalves

ts

7/12

1920

1974

1950-1974

Sonny Greer

dv

12/13

1895

1982

1923-1951

Fred Guy

g bj

5/23

1897

1971

1925-1949

On A Turquoise Cloud

1944-1945

"the pretty department"

1996

1965-1974

Things Ain't What


They Used To Be

1922

1997

1963-1964,
1969 1969

1918

1996

1957-1966* Duke Ellington


Songbook
1950-1951
1959-1961
1969-1970

Dim & Cres In Blue

Adelaide Hall

10/20

1904

1993

1927
1932-1933

Creole Love Call

Jimmy
Hamilton

cl ts

5/25

1917

1994

1943-1968

Jump For Joy

Otto Hardwick as

5/31

1904

1970

1923-1928
1932-1946*

Chauncey
Haughton

cl

2/26

1909

1989

1942-1943

Shelton
Hemphill

3/16

1906

1959

1944-1949

Al Hibbler

8/16

1915

2001

1943-1951* I Like The Sunrise

Johnny
Hodges

as

7/25

1907

1970

1928-1951
1955-1970

Billie Holiday

4/7

1915

1959

1934

Charlie Irvis

tb

??

1899

1939

1924-1926

Quentin
Jackson

tb

1/13

1909

1976

1948-1959

Hilton
Jefferson

as

7/30

1903

1968

1952-1953

Herb Jeffries

9/24

1916

Freddy
Jenkins

t v tap 10/10

1906

Jimmy
Johnson

1/20

1930

Lonnie
Johnson

2/8

1899

1970

1928

Money
Johnson

2/23

1918

1978

1968-1974

Claude Jones

tb

2/11

1901

1962

1944-1948

Herbie Jones

Rufus Jones

5/27

1936

1990

1966-1973* Far East Suite


Afro-Eurasian Eclipse

Wallace Jones

11/16

1906

1983

1936-1947*

Taft Jordan

2/15

1915

1981

1943-1947

Al Killian

10/15

1916

1950

1947-1950

John Lamb

12/4

1933

Steve Little

Wendell
Marshall

10/24

1920

2002

1948-1953

Howard
McGhee

3/6

1918

1987

1961

Blood Count

1940-1942
1978

1928-1934
1937-1938
1959-1960

1963-1968

1964-1967
1967-1968

Louis Metcalf

2/28

1905

1981

1926-1928

Bubber Miley

4/3

1903

1932

1924-1929

The Mills
Brothers

Irving Mills

1/16

1884

1985

1926-1930

Harold
Minerve

as cl

1/3

1922

1992

1971-1974

Eddie Mullins

Ray Nance

t vn v

12/10

1913

1976

1940-1965*

Joe Nanton

tb

2/1

1904

1946

1926-1946

Oscar Pettiford b

9/30

1922

1960

1945-1954*

Eddie Preston

9/5

1928

Russell
Procope

as cl

8/11

1908

1981

1946-1974

Junior Raglin

3/16

1917

1955

1941-1947

Betty Roche

1/9

1920

1999

1942-1953

John Sanders

tb

Al Sears

ts

2/21

1910

1990

1944-1949

Ernie Shepard

7/19

1916

1965

1962-1964

Joya Sherrill

8/20

1927

Willie Smith

as

11/25

1910

1967

1951-1952

Rex Stewart

tc

2/22

1907

1967

1934-1945

Menelik The Lion Of


Judah

Billy
Strayhorn

11/29

1915

1967

1938-1967

Take The "A" Train

Billy Taylor

4/3

1906

1986

1935-1939

Malcolm
Taylor

tb

Clark Terry

12/14

1920

Juan Tizol

tb

1/22

1900

1984

1929-1944
1951-1953
1960-1961

Norris Turney

as

9/8

1921

2001

1969-1973

Dick Vance

11/28

1915

1985

1951-1952

Ethel Waters

10/31

1896

1977

1932

Ben Webster

ts

3/27

1909

1973

1940-1943
1948-1949

1932

Diga Diga Doo

1959-1962

1963, 1971
4:30 Blues

1954-1959
1967

1944-1946
1956

1970-1972
1951-1959

I Let A Song Go Out


Of My Heart

Mae West

8/17

1892

1980

1934

Arthur
Whetsel

??

1905

1940

1923-1924
1928-1936

Cootie
Williams

7/10

1911

1985

1929-1940
1962-1974

Francis
Williams

9/20

1910

1983

1946-1951

Nelson
Williams

9/26

1917

1973

1949-1951
1956
1958
1969-1970

Gerald Wilson t

9/4

1918

Booty Wood

12/27

1919

1987

1959-1960
1963
1970-1972

Jimmy Woode b

9/23

1928

2005

1955-1960

Britt
Woodman

tb

6/4

1920

2000

1951-1960

Sam
Woodyard

1/7

1925

1988

1955-1973*

tb

Ring Dem Bells

1954-1955
1959-1960

*in band intermittently during years listed


I've tried not only to pick the greatest Ellingtonians here, but also some distinguished guests. I will
include more personnel as I am able to find additional biographical information.