The first day ended with a concert by Andrew Homzy Jazz Orchestra with Alice Babs featured in two parts of the concert.
The first part was two extended works by Duke Ellington – The Queen’s Suite and Suite Thursday.
From the first, the orchestra played Northern Lights ”inspired by Duke’s experience near Ottawa of the Aurora Borealis”. And when it was played, the Northern Lights shimmered on a big screen while the auditorium was totally in darkness.
Suite Thursday, which followed, was played in its entirety and without any breaks.
We should all be grateful to Sjef Hoefsmit for doing his best with his video camera to preserve this magnificent concert for us.
It will be brought to DESS members and other visitors to the website in four parts and Alice Babs sings with the orchestra in part 2 and 4. The split in four parts is done provide the best quality possible with a reasonable size of the videos.
Here is the first part: