The website published a first short report on the Ellington 2018 conference in a Bits and Pieces article on May 30. This month we will publish some more snapshots. The new issue of the Bulletin has a full and detailed article about the conference.
The Ellington Orchestra had a central role in the conference. This band composed of students from the Jazz Department of the Royal Conservatory and led by Jeremyn Price played concerts every day.
There was even an afternoon jamsessions with members of the band and conference participants. Here Brian Priestly is sitting in at the piano.
In the first evening’s concert, the orchestra played among other Ellington standards Black and Tan Fantasy.
The first concert in the second evening was titled “Live at the Chicago Blue Note 1959”.
Here is most of this concert.