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April 9, 2020 — 7:00pm to 8:30pm


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4/9/2020 – From the Archives: Ellington at Newport – Virtual Performance

FROM THE ARCHIVES

ELLINGTON AT NEWPORT

Originally performed live on February 15, 2020

By the mid-1950s, Big Bands found themselves in a changed world as Bebop took center stage. Even the Duke Ellington Orchestra, who had creatively dominated the jazz scene from the late 1920s – 1940s, found itself struggling until the historic gig at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival. With an electrifying performance, the crowd at Freedom Park was transformed and Ellington’s career was revitalized. Sixty-four years later, your Charleston Jazz Orchestra will recreate that notable night in jazz history, one that festival producer George Wein proclaimed as “the greatest performance of Ellington’s career” and one that “stood for everything jazz had been and could be.”

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SET LIST
The Star Spangled Banner – John Smith, Transcribed by Mark Sterbank
Black and Tan Fantasy – Duke Ellington, Transcribed by David Berger
Tea for Two – Vincent Youmans, Transcribed by Frank Duvall
Take the A Train – Billy Strayhorn, Transcribed by Brent Wallarab
Festival Suite:
Pt. 1 Festival Junction – Duke Ellington, Transcribed by Robert Lewis
Pt. 2 Blues to Be There – Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn, Transcribed by Mark Lopeman
Pt. 3 Newport Up – Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn, Transcribed by David Heywood
Sophisticated Lady – Duke Ellington, Transcribed by David Berger
Day In, Day Out – Rube Bloom, Transcribed by Frank Duvall
Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue – Duke Ellington, Transcribed by David Berger
I Got It Bad – Duke Ellington, Transcribed by Mark Sterbank
Jeep’s Blues – Duke Ellington, Transcribed by David Berger
Tulip or Turnip – Duke Ellington/Don George, Transcribed by David Heywood
Skin Deep – Duke Ellington, Transcribed by Robert Lewis
Mood Indigo – Duke Ellington/Irving Mills/Albany Bigard, Transcribed by David Berger

If you enjoyed our performance, please consider making a donation HERE. Not only will it support this digital concert series (we will release a NEW one every Thursday) but a portion of the funds will directly support the members of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra.