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Russell Procope


A fantastic altoist, Russell Procope became very much better-known as a fresh Orleans-style clarinetist during his Duke Ellington years. He analyzed violin for eight years before switching to clarinet and alto. Procope documented with Jelly Move Morton in 1928 and experienced important stints using the big rings of Benny Carter (1929), Chick Webb (1929-1931), Fletcher Henderson (1931-1934), Tiny Bradshaw (1934-1935), Teddy Hill (1935-37), and Willie Bryant. Nevertheless, it had been as an associate from the John Kirby sextet (1938-1943) where he exclusively performed alto that Russell Procope do his finest function, playing amazing solos with a unique tone that flawlessly match the music. Over time in the Military along with a reunion with Kirby (1945), Procope joined up with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1946, remaining (aside from a brief period in 1961 with Wilbur DeParis) until Ellington’s loss of life 28 years later on in 1974. Due to Johnny Hodges’ existence, Procope had hardly any alto solos, providing instead like a section participant and periodic clarinet soloist whose warm firmness contrasted with this from the cooler Jimmy Hamilton; Procope was under-utilized but protected and content during his Ellington years. Later on in the 1970s, he used Brooks Kerr’s group.

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Date Of Birth August 11, 1908
Died January 21, 1981, New York City, New York, United States
Nationality American
Music Groups Duke Eillington and His Orchestra
Music Songs Satin Doll, Jeep's Blues, Sugar Rum Cherry, Take the "A" Train, Arabian Lover, Depk, Tourist Point of View, Portrait of Louis Armstrong, Rocks in My Bed, Blue Pepper, Chinoiserie, Suite Thursday, Jump for Joy Ellington, Kinda Dukish, Bli-Blip, Harlem Airshaft, Portrait of Wellman Braud, Mount Harissa, Soda Fountain Rag, Delta Mood, I Wanna be Loved, New World A-Coming, Happy-Go-Lucky Local, Count Basie Orchestra / Jumpin' at the Woodside, Sugar Hill Penthouse, A Spoonful of Sugar, Jazz a la Carte, Bourbon Street Jingling Jollies, Stoona, Let's Go Fly a Kite, Across The Track Blues, Battle Of Swing
Albums ...And His Mother Called Him Bill, Second Sacred Concert, Such Sweet Thunder, The Nutcracker Suite, Duke Ellington: Live in Mexico, Anatomy of a Murder, Early Ellington (1927-1934), The Best of Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra

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1 Alto saxophonist and clarinettist with the big bands of Benny Carter (1929), Chick Webb (1929-31), Fletcher Henderson (1931-34), Tiny Bradshaw (1934-35), Teddy Hill (1936-37), the John Kirby Sextet (1938-43) and Duke Ellington (1946-74). A reliable ensemble player, rarely heard as a soloist.



V.I.P.'s Boogie 1951 Short Himjself - Trumpet



Duke Ellington: Live in Montreal 1964 TV Movie Himself - Saxophone

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