Hot Summer Dance

Hot Summer Dance is a live album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington recorded at Mather Air Force Base in California and first released as a CD on Bob Thiele's Red Baron label in 1983.[1][2][3]

Hot Summer Dance
Live album by
RecordedJuly 22, 1960
VenueMather Air Force Base, Sacramento, California
LabelRed Baron
AK 48631
ProducerBob Thiele
Duke Ellington chronology
Piano in the Background
Hot Summer Dance
Swinging Suites by Edward E. and Edward G.


Professional ratings
Review scores

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow stated, "There have been so many releases of live concert performances by Duke Ellington's orchestra that it is easy to become blase about them. ... Hot Summer Dance features the 1960 Duke Ellington Orchestra performing their usual repertoire from that era ... It may not be essential, but Ellington collectors will enjoy this".[4]

Track listing

All compositions by Duke Ellington except where noted

  1. "Take the "A" Train" (Billy Strayhorn) – 5:05
  2. "Paris Blues" − 5:42
  3. "The Nutcracker Suite: Overture" (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) − 3:35
  4. "Tenderly" (Walter Gross, Jack Lawrence) − 3:35
  5. "Such Sweet Thunder" (Ellington, Strayhorn) − 3:17
  6. "Medley: Black and Tan Fantasy/Creole Love Call/The Mooche" (Ellington, Bubber Miley/Ellington/Ellington, Irving Mills) − 7:42
  7. "Satin Doll" (Ellington, Strayhorn, Johnny Mercer) − 4:30
  8. "All of Me" (Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons) − 2:36
  9. "Jeep's Blues" (Ellington, Johnny Hodges) − 3:35
  10. "Laura" (David Raksin, Mercer) − 3:42
  11. "Dance of the Floreadores (Waltz of the Flowers)" (Tchaikovsky) − 4:50
  12. "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)" (Ellington, Paul Francis Webster) − 3:38
  13. "Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me)" (Ellington, Lee Gaines) − 1:28
  14. "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" (Ellington, Mills) − 1:52
  15. "Pretty and the Wolf" (Ellington, Jimmy Hamilton) − 2:43
  16. Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" − 9:29



  1. A Duke Ellington Panorama accessed December 3, 2019
  2. Jazzlists: Red Baron discography, accessed November 31, 2019
  3. Both Sides Now: Red Baron Label Discography, accessed November 31, 2019
  4. Yanow, Scott. Duke Ellington: Hot Summer Dance – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
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