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The Great American Songbook: Week One

Duke Ellington

Edward Kennedy “Duke” (1899-1974) was at once the greatest bandleader in all of jazz and among the most remarkable composers and songwriters in any genre of American music. His musical output (which includes significant contributions from his musical partner, Billy Strayhorn) was divided between instrumental compositions, most written for specific members of his orchestra, and “full-on” songs with lyrics; however, the boundary between them was always rather fluid, in that many melodies conceived as instrumentals eventually evolved into songs that singers could sing. This program will feature the Ellington band itself, including the band’s own singers (especially Ivy Anderson, Herb Jeffries, and Al Hibbler), as well as the band in collaboration with such legendary guest stars as Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett, as well as legendary artists from outside the band, such as Nat King Cole and Peggy Lee. This show will feature such classic songs as “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me,” “Satin Doll,” “Mood Indigo,” “In a Sentimental Mood,” and dozens of others. Find out why we love him madly!

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