Celebrating Duke Ellington's 125th Birthday in The City of Jazz

Article Contributed by Jazz Promo Services | Published on Wednesday, March 27, 2024

The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts, in association with the American Tap Dance Foundation, is thrilled to announce a monumental celebration in honor of the 125th birthday of the legendary jazz composer and bandleader, Duke Ellington. This grand event will take place at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre on Monday, May 6, 2024, at 8 pm, co-hosted by Mercedes Ellington and Tony Waag.

The evening promises to be an unforgettable journey through the life and legacy of Duke Ellington, featuring performances by The Duke Ellington Center Big Band, under the virtuosic musical direction of Eli Yamin. Joining them will be the celebrated eight-time Grammy Award winner, Arturo O’Farrill, alongside a lineup of extraordinary dancers, vocalists, and surprise guests. The roster includes the dynamic drummer Bobby Sanabria, Broadway sensation Ty Stephens, the electrifying tapper DeWitt Fleming Jr., and the enchanting jazz vocalists Antoinette Montague and Marion Cowings. Sidney Myer, the multiple award-winning icon of New York City cabaret, will serve as the narrator for this spectacular evening.

The event not only celebrates the musical genius of Duke Ellington but also the vibrant culture and history of jazz music itself. It serves as a testament to Ellington's enduring influence on the genre and its continued relevance in the modern era. Attendees can expect a night filled with mesmerizing performances that pay homage to Ellington's innovative spirit and his contribution to the world of music.

Event Details:

    Date: Monday, May 6, 2024
    Time: 8pm
    Location: Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
    Ticket Prices: Advance $45-$150, Member $25, Child/Senior/Student (with valid I.D.) $25
    Expected Run Time: 120 minutes

Tickets are available for purchase online at Symphony Space. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a historic night celebrating Duke Ellington's 125th birthday in the city synonymous with jazz.

About The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts:

The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts is dedicated to honoring and perpetuating the legacy of Duke Ellington, promoting his music to new audiences, and supporting emerging artists in their pursuit of excellence in the jazz tradition.