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East St Louis Toodle-oo
  • East St Louis Toodle-oo

    Please review score for details. Standard Big Band instrumentation except 1st reed part is either Clarinet or Soprano Sax.

    This package includes 2 different sets: a transcription of the original recording with original instrumentation; and an arrangement of the same for modern big band.
    "East St Louis Toodle-Oo" is a composition written by Duke Ellington and Bubber Miley and recorded eight times by Ellington for various labels from 1926-1938, and three more times later on. This song was the first charting single for Duke Ellington in 1927 and was one of the main examples of what he called his "jungle music".
    In an interview Ellington gave included in Mark Tuckers “The Ellington Reader” (Oxford University Press, USA: October 14, 1993) Ellington stated that the record company got the spelling wrong, that the title was Todalo, not Toodle-Oo. He goes on to say that a Todalo is the tired walk of someone returning from a very hard day’s work – which starkly contrasts the assumption of Toodle-Oo, which was used as an informal goodbye or so-long.
    This transcription is taken from the third recording of this song, which became Ellington’s first charting single and brought him to national attention. This recording likely included the following personnel:
    Louis Metcalf, Bubber Miley, trumpet; Joe Nanton, trombone; Prince Robinson, clarinet; Edgar Sampson, tenor sax; Otto Hardwick, bass sax and clarinet; Duke Ellington, piano; Fred Guy, banjo; Mack Shaw, tuba; Sonny Greer, drums.
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