Academy Big Band: Duke Ellington’s Fabulous 1941 Band

Friday, 02.03.2018 19:30, Duke’s Hall

Tickets: £10 (concessions £8) from the Academy’s Box Office

Keith Nichols director

The Academy Big Band, directed by Keith Nichols, performs pieces recorded by the Duke Ellington Orchestra of the early 40s, featuring arrangements by Duke Ellington and the young Billy Strayhorn, including Harlem Air Shaft, Concerto for Cootie, Perdido and Take the A Train. A ‘prologue’ of Ellington’s compositions from the late 30s demonstrates the lead-up to the classic 1941 Blanton Band, named after bass player Jimmy Blanton.

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