Duke Ellington

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.

Mercury Studios in cooperation with Jazz Casual Productions, Inc., will release Duke Ellington: Love You Madly/ A Concert of Sacred Music at Grace Cathedral on April 28, 2023. These two Emmy-nominated programs, out of print the past few years, from producer Ralph J. Gleason feature: a 1965 documentary that explores the life and legacy of Ellington, perhaps the greatest single American composer, and the September 1965 commissioned premiere Ellington’s Concert of Sacred Music at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral.

In January 2023, BMG continues their annual celebration of Jazzuary with four new vinyl reissues from the stellar Bethlehem Records jazz catalog. Titles from giants of the genre—Charles Mingus, Art Blakey, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane—have been pressed to 180 gram vinyl from remastered high-res 96 kHz/24 bit audio, ready for the next generation to discover these incredible recordings.

All four titles are now available to pre-order here.

For 60 years, the legendary Impulse! Records has been home to the greatest jazz artists of all time, including John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Archie Shepp, Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Quincy Jones, and more. The orange-and-black imprint known as the House That Trane Built was a cultural beacon of progressivism, spiritualism, and activism throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

The Program will feature the Duke Ellington Center Big Band led by Frank Owens, vocal stylists Antoinette Montague and Marion Cowings, performers, Tony Waag, Sharon K. Janda, Mark Mindek, Max McGuire, Love Angel, Princess Rivera, Ty Stephens, AC Lincoln, Max Pollak, Tap City Youth Ensemble & MORE!

Concord Music Group will release the two-CD Sarah Vaughan set Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook Collection on August 20, 2013. Featuring six previously unreleased tracks and new liner notes, the compilation celebrates the 40th anniversary of Pablo Records, the jazz label founded by Norman Granz in 1973.The story of Pablo Records is a story of one veteran producer’s return to the music he loved best.

In celebration of the release of Joe Jackson's new album The Duke, out today on Razor & Tie, Rolling Stone premiered the track for “It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Go That Swing).” Teaming up with Iggy Pop on vocals

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