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The Duke Lives On – American Music Program

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From time to time, the website will feature examples how Ellington’s music lives on in younger generations and is interpreted by other musicians.

Today we present the jazz orchestra of the American Music Program of Portland, Oregon and its interpretation of ”Tattooed Bride”.

This is a band of basically 18 years old students of music, which won the 2015 edition of the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition.

This competition is an annual event aimed at encouraging young musicians to play the music of the Duke and other various jazz artists. It takes place at the Lincoln Center in New York and Wynton Marsalis is its artistic director.

Surely, Ellington would have liked the band and particularly the young pianist.

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  1. goranaxelsson skriver:

    A fantastic performance by the young players. Very encouraging to view and listen to the performance. Noted that YouTube provides very high video and sound quality.
    I search for Essentially Ellington 2016 and found several videos. On one of the an Orchestra with young players from Wisconsin played one of my favorite Duke Ellington songs: Rockabye River. Couldn’t be better!
    (of course: we can never ask for solos a la Hodges, Cootie, etc, However, the Orchestras play so well)


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