Brian is a man full of knowledge about jazz and among other things about Duke Ellington. When he was asked to make a presentation to Ellington 2021, he thought a lot about it and finally said: “Yes, I like to do one and it will be about Duke Ellington’s Sound of Africa”.
But the title was developed into a multifaceted presentation, in which Brian in a very pedagogical way highlighted Ellington’s musical approach in the the five Ellington recordings he played in his presentation.
At the end, Brian said: .”Maybe you will listen more carefully to some of these things” and he certainly challenged wth his presentation to do so!
At one point in the presentation, Brian referred to an article in “an upcoming issue of Blue Light”. Since Ellington 2021, the issue has been published and all DESUK members can read “Keys to the Kingdom”. Brian says it is a “reseach in progress” and it has quite some links to his presentation.