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Duke Ellington Center for the Arts 24th Annual Duke Ellington Study Group Conference May 19-22, 2016

Jazzed Magazine • News • May 19, 2016

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Duke Ellington Center for the ArtsJoin musicians, leading scholars and music lovers from around the world for:

  • Opening night reception at St. Peter’s (the “Jazz Church”) featuring the Duke Ellington Center Big Band, the dynamic jazz vocalist Ty Stephens and tap maestro Alex Cowings. Complimentary beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided!
  • Screening of the classic film A Drum is a Woman  (starring the legendary dancer, Carmen de Lavallade) at the Paley Center for Media followed by a panel discussion including Jazz icon Candido Camero and Grammy nominated percussionist Bobby Sanabria.
  • Many other exciting panels and presentations at St Peter’s Church and MIST Harlem that will illuminate and enrich our understanding of Duke Ellington and his lasting impact on music around the world.
  • Bus tour of Duke’s Manhattan – with his granddaughter Mercedes Ellington.
  • Reunion of cast members from the Tony Award-winning Duke Ellington musical Sophisticated Ladies, with backstage stories and musical moments.
  • VIP tour of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
  • Champagne brunch at MIST Harlem honoring Carmen de Lavallade – recipient of the 2nd Annual DECFA “Beyond Category” Award presented by the acclaimed actress Tamara Tunie (Law & Order SVU).
  • Performances by world renowned artists

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