Rockin' In Rhythm
The Legacy of Duke Ellington
Thu, May 6 - Thu, May 13
As with Gershwin, Duke Ellington presents a formidable challenge in trying to narrow down the hundreds of compositions that he composed over a fifty-year period. One could easily do a program limited to a particular decade, instrumental pieces from the 1920s, for example: "The Mooch", "Black and Tan Fantasy", "Black Beauty". Or the instrumental pieces turned into popular songs in the ‘30s: "Mood Indigo", "In a Senti­mental Mood", "So­phi­sticated Lady". Or the music from his ventures into Broadway musicals: "I Got It Bad", "Jump For Joy". Or his collaborations with Billy Strayhorn: "Take the A Train", "Chelsea Bridge", "Lush Life". These are only a part of the Ellington legacy the Jazz Kings will explore. A final reason to celebrate these composers is that 1998 is 100th anni­versary, of the birth of George Gershwin, and 1999 is the 100th anni­versary of Duke Elling­ton’s birth. What a century with composers such as these!
Program
SET I. EARLY ELLINGTON
 Rockin' In Rhythm
(1931)
Words by Irving Mills - Music by Duke Ellington, Harry Carney
 East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
(1927)
Music by Duke Ellington, Bubber Miley
 Creole Love Call
(1927) Rhyth-mania
Music by Duke Ellington, Bubber Miley, Rudy Jackson
 The Mooche
(1929) Cotton Club Revue, 12th Edition
Music by Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington
 It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
(1932)
Words by Irving Mills - Music by Duke Ellington
 Cotton Club Stomp
(1929) Cotton Club Revue, 14th Edition
Music by Jimmy McHugh
 Ring Dem Bells
(1930) interpolated into Check And Double Check
Words by Irving Mills - Music by Duke Ellington
 Mood Indigo
(1931)
Words by Irving Mills - Music by Duke Ellington, Barney Bigard
 Caravan
(1937)
Words by Irving Mills - Music by Duke Ellington, Juan Tizol
 Solitude
(1934)
Words by Irving Mills, Eddie DeLange - Music by Duke Ellington
 I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
(1941)
Words by Paul Francis Webster - Music by Duke Ellington
 Daybreak Express
(1933)
Music by Duke Ellington
SET II. ELLINGTON TRANSFORMATIONS
 Take The 'A' Train
(1939) interpolated into Reveille with Beverly
Words by Joya Sherrill - Music by Billy Strayhorn
 I'm Beginning To See The Light
(1944)
Words & music by Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges, Harry James, Don George
 Cotton Tail
(1940)
Music by Duke Ellington
 Just Squeeze Me
(1946)
Words by Lee Gaines - Music by Duke Ellington
 Satin Doll
(1953)
Words by Johnny Mercer - Music by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn
 Rockin' In Rhythm
(1931)
Words by Irving Mills - Music by Duke Ellington, Harry Carney
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Irving Berlin, 1888-1989
Barney Bigard, -
Harry Carney, 1910-1974
Eddie DeLange, 1904-1949
Duke Ellington, 1899-1974
Lee Gaines, -
Don George, -
Johnny Hodges, 1907-1970
Rudy Jackson, -
Harry James, -
Jimmy McHugh, 1895-1969
Johnny Mercer, 1909-1976
Bubber Miley, 1903-1932
Irving Mills, 1894-1985
Joya Sherrill, 1924-2010
Billy Strayhorn, 1915-1967
Juan Tizol, 1900-1984
Paul Francis Webster, 1907-1984
Performances
May, 1999
Thu 06, 8:00 pm: Eugene
Fri 07, 7:30 pm: Florence
Thu 13, 8:00 pm: Salem
Ticket/Venue Info
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