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Irving Mills and his Modernists
Although Irving Mills is remembered mostly as a music publisher and for being the manager of the Duke Ellington Orchestra he was also a singer and songwriter. Mills contributed vocals to many of the recording sessions that he set up for the Ellington Orchestra and others. Mills co-wrote “At The Prom” with saxophonist Jack Pettis and contributes some nice scat vocals to the tune.

Thanks to Dennis Pereya for his help with this page.


Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
At The Prom
(Irving Mills / Jack Pettis)
5-23-1929 New York, New York Victor

Irving Mills and his Modernists

Artist Instrument
Nate Brusiloff ? Violin
Jack Cornell ? Piano
Tommy Dorsey Trombone
Nicky Gerlach ? Violin
Lennie Hayton ? Piano
Carl Kress Guitar
Matt Malneck ? Violin
Bill Moore Cornet
Dick Morgan Banjo
Irving Mills Vocals
Dillion Ober Drums
Tony Parenti Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Jack Pettis Tenor Saxophone
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