Duke Ellington Orchestra Tickets for Sale

Duke's most loved include: "Rockin' in Rhythm," "Satin Doll," "New Orleans," "A Drum is a Women," "Take the 'A' Train," "Happy-Go-Lucky Local," "The Mooche," and "Crescendo in Blue." Ellington and his band played with the who's who of jazz: Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett and Cab Calloway. The band toured throughout the world performing from audiences from India to Africa. On May 24, 1974, Ellington breathed his last. His remains are buried iN Woodlawn Cemetery. Members of his orchestra included some truly outstanding jazz artists like: the great reedmen Johnny Hodges, and Sam Woodyard Barney Bigard, Ben Webster, Harry Carney, trombonists Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton, Lawrence Brown, and Juan Tizol, bassist Jimmy Blanton, and drummers Sonny Greer, Louis Bellson Paul Gonsalves; trumpeters Bubber Miley, Cootie Williams, Clark Terry, William "Cat" Anderson, and Ray Nance (who also played violin).

Some of the Duke's compositions include: Masterpieces By Ellington (1950); Ellington at Newport-Complete (1999; expansion and restoration of the complete 1956 Newport Jazz Festival performance); Such Sweet Thunder (1957); Indigos (1957); Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Songbook (1957); Newport Jazz Festival (1958) (1958); Festival Session (1959); Blues in Orbit (1959); Anatomy of a Murder (Soundtrack album) (1959); Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges: Back to Back (1959); Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges: Side by Side (1959); Piano in the Foreground (1961); Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington (1961); Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (1962); Duke Ellington meets Coleman Hawkins (1962); Money Jungle (1962); Afro-Bossa (1962); The Great Paris Concert (1963, released 1973); Ella at Duke's Place (1965); The Symphonic Ellington (1965; 1985 reissue); Ella and Duke at the Cote D'Azur (1966); The Far East Suite (1966); ...And His Mother Called Him Bill (1967); Francis A. & Edward K. (1968); Latin American Suite (1968); 70th Birthday Concert (1969); New Orleans Suite (1970); The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse (1971); Yale Concert (1968, issued 1973); Live at the Whitney (1972, issued 1995); Duke's Big 4 (1973); Duke Ellington's Incidental Music for Shakespeare's Play Timon of Athens adapted by Stanley Silverman (1993). Ellington does not perform on this recording, but it includes previously unreleased compositions and Take the 'A' Train.

The Orchestras that perform original Duke Ellington compositions do an excellent job. Cancer robbed us of our beloved Duke however he beat cancer and everything else with the legacy of music he leaves behind. Buy tickets and watch the orchestra perform music by one of the greatest composers ever.
Duke Ellington's life is full of landmark achievements. One of the greatest musicians ever, he has been honored not only in his home country, US (the Presidential Medal of Freedom) but also in France when they gave him their highest honor, "The Legion of France". The Duke, as he was lovingly called had performed some 20,000 shows before he left us. Always a musician first, Ellington performed for both the crème de la crème (Queen Elizabeth II to President Nixon) and the masses both.

On the 29th of April, 1889, the Duke was born as Edward Kennedy to Daisy Kennedy Ellington and James Edward Ellington who taught him all about manners, courtesy, dressing sharp etc. A childhood friend commented he looked like a "Duke" and the name stuck. When Duke's parents introduced piano to him at age 7, it was met with nonchalance and was soon forgotten. However, he was always an artistic child and studied commercial art in Armstrong Manual Training School and not an ordinary, academics only run-of-the mill school. During one of his school summer breaks he heard of a young talented pianist, Harvey Brooks. Duke met the pianist who taught him a few tricks and keys after which Duke could not stop playing Piano. A musician was born.
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