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Duke Ellington Orchestra at Arizona Musicfest

Read "Duke Ellington Orchestra at Arizona Musicfest" reviewed by Patricia Myers

Duke Ellington Orchestra Highlands Church 2015 Arizona Musicfest Scottsdale, Arizona February 6, 2015 The Duke Ellington Orchestra delivered a solid mix of swing and ballads from the colossal repertoire of its namesake and his gifted composing colleague, Billy Strayhorn. The enduring sophistication of their collaborative creativity was interpreted by a coalition of exceptional musicians. As soon as the band launched the concert with the most famous Ellington chart, “Take the A Train," the Arizona ...

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Duke Ellington Legacy: Single Petal of a Rose

Read "Single Petal of a Rose" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The great Duke Ellington would be proud of the way his family has decided to keep his memory and music alive and kicking for newer generations to enjoy. In 2003, his grandchildren, guitarist Edward Kennedy Ellington II and sister Gaye Ellington, formed The Duke Ellington Legacy, a nine-piece jazz ensemble dedicated to performing the music of the late composer/pianist. Single Petal of a Rose is the group's sophomore effort, featuring guest tenor saxophonist Houston Person, and follows its highly respected ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Duke Ellington Legacy: Thank You Uncle Edward

Read "Thank You Uncle Edward" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Duke Ellington Legacy is a musical consortium initiated by guitarist Edward Kennedy Ellington II, a grandson of the musical Duke. He met saxophonist/composer Virginia Mayhew in 1987, and by 2004, Ellington wanted to so something tangible about his ideas, turning the process over to Mayhew.

Thank You Uncle Edward is the product of her toils with a nonet of first-rate musicians playing a mostly Duke Ellington set list. The saxophonist was responsible for recruiting the ensemble as well ...


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