The Legacy of Duke Ellington is a series of listening parties dedicated to the life and legacy of Edward "Duke" Kennedy Ellington (1899-1974). There are four listening parties that will focus on four eras of Duke Ellington's celebrated career.
Edward "Duke" Kennedy Ellington was one of the most important creative artists in American history. He led his jazz orchestra for 50 years, wrote music for every conceivable venue including theater, film, and ballet, and was a major influence on the piano. Ellington's life is an incredible story of triumph and purpose that included a musical world of powerful personalities, all which embodied the history and glory of early American music.
May 29 - Duke Ellington: The Early Years (1899-1937)
June 5 - Duke Ellington: The Ellington Effect (1938-1949)
June 12 - Duke Ellington: Rebirth of the Duke (1950-1959)
June 19 - Duke Ellington: Diminuendo in Blue (1960-1974)