Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington birthday celebration with Novel Jazz

Duke Ellington's birthday is Friday, April 29 and it just so happens that this same weekend also includes International Dance Day and International Jazz Day. The Novel Jazz Septet will be celebrating all three events at the Frontier Café with one birthday party event for the Duke which includes a jazz dance.
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Week Ahead: Easter Egg Hunts, Duke Ellington Sacred Concert Cade Museum lawn

Sun Country Dance Theatre 14th Annual Spring Youth Concert: 2:30 p.m. today, Phillips Center, 3201 Hull Road. Tickets: $15 general admission, free ages 11 and younger when purchased through the box office. (, 392-ARTS, 800-905-ARTS) The return of Sun Country Dance Theatre’s original story ballet, which premiered in 2013, will highlight the production. Choreographed to the music of Tchaikovsky, this enchanting ballet has been adapted from the fairy tale and follows Little Red throughout many adventures on her birthday.

‘The Sacred Concerts’: Queens University students pay tribute to Duke Ellington

(QUEEN CITY NEWS) — Queens University students are paying tribute to Duke Ellington with a seldom heard masterpiece. ‘The Sacred Concerts’ are being presented this weekend by the university. We had a chance to hear just one of those beautiful pieces that will be performed, and we spoke about the concert with the Director of Choral Activities at Queens University, Dr. Justin Smith.
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New Allegations of Teacher Sex Abuse at Duke Ellington

The News4 I-Team’s investigation of allegations of teacher sex abuse at one of Washington, D.C.'s most prestigious high schools has prompted two additional former students to come forward about their encounters with another teacher. "I really thought that I was romantically involved with him and I thought I was...

Duke Ellington at Carnegie Hall

Leave it to Leon Botstein, America’s great educator, to bring Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige to Carnegie Hall, where is premiered in 1943 as a fundraiser for the Russian war effort. (The world turns.) Eleanor Roosevelt, Marion Anderson and Langston Hughes were in attendance that evening. Now Botstein conducting is cool. He often listens and taps his foot, slightly swaying to the improvisatory sections of works performed,

Beatles, Duke Ellington, subject of live music, discussion

“Help!’ The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration,” will be held from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Calvary Episcopal Church Hall in Fletcher. Tickets are $75 and available through the Asheville Symphony Guild, A presentation by Thomas Brothers, author of “Help! The Beatles, Duke...

Poem: for duke ellington

Reuben Jackson is a poet, music scholar, and critic who grew up in DC. He served as archivist and curator of the Smithsonian’s Duke Ellington Collection from 1989 to 2009 and his music reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Jazz Times, Jazziz, and on National Public Radio.

Jazz band performs Ray Charles, Duke Ellington music at Doudna

Strains of the music of Ray Charles and Duke Ellington could be heard leaking out of the Dvorak Concert Hall in Doudna Fine Arts Center on Tuesday night. The occasion was the performance of Eastern’s Jazz Lab Band, a big band jazz concert that, contrary to last week’s combos performance, featured up to 19 student-musicians as they made their way through the music of not only Charles and Ellington, but also Jerome Richardson, Josef Zawinul, Carolyn Leigh and Cy Coleman.