Duke Ellington
Rockin' In Rhythm
The Legacy of Duke Ellington
Thu May 6, 8:00-10:30 pm
Soreng Theater, Hult Center
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As with Gershwin, Duke Ellington presents a formidable challenge in trying to narrow down the hundreds of compositions that he composed over a fifty-year period. One could easily do a program limited to a particular decade, instrumental pieces from the 1920s, for example: "The Mooch", "Black and Tan Fantasy", "Black Beauty". Or the instrumental pieces turned into popular songs in the ‘30s: "Mood Indigo", "In a Senti­mental Mood", "So­phi­sticated Lady". Or the music from his ventures into Broadway musicals: "I Got It Bad", "Jump For Joy". Or his collaborations with Billy Strayhorn: "Take the A Train", "Chelsea Bridge", "Lush Life". These are only a part of the Ellington legacy the Jazz Kings will explore. A final reason to celebrate these composers is that 1998 is 100th anni­versary, of the birth of George Gershwin, and 1999 is the 100th anni­versary of Duke Elling­ton’s birth. What a century with composers such as these!
Event Personnel
Steve Stone, artistic director & band leader
Shirley Andress, vocalist
Julie Alsin, vocalist
Steve Owen, reeds
Frank Kenney, reeds
James Phillips, reeds
Bob Bork, reeds
Tim Clarke, trumpet
Dave Bender, trumpet
Ernie Carbajal, trumpet
Caleb Standafer, trombone
Glenn Bonney, trombone
Jim Greenwood, piano
Mark Forrest, guitar
Nathan Waddell, bass
Alan Tarpinian, drums
 Rockin' In Rhythm
(1931) Irving Mills (w) Duke Ellington, Harry Carney (m)
 East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
(1927) Duke Ellington, Bubber Miley (m)
 Creole Love Call
(1927) Rhyth-mania Duke Ellington, Bubber Miley, Rudy Jackson (m)
 The Mooche
(1929) Cotton Club Revue, 12th Edition Duke Ellington, Irving Mills (m)
 It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
(1932) Irving Mills (w) Duke Ellington (m)
 Cotton Club Stomp
(1929) Cotton Club Revue, 14th Edition Jimmy McHugh (m)
 Ring Dem Bells
(1930) interpolated into Check And Double Check Irving Mills (w) Duke Ellington (m)
 Mood Indigo
(1931) Irving Mills (w) Duke Ellington, Barney Bigard (m)
(1937) Irving Mills (w) Duke Ellington, Juan Tizol (m)
(1934) Irving Mills, Eddie DeLange (w) Duke Ellington (m)
 I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
(1941) Paul Francis Webster (w) Duke Ellington (m)
 Daybreak Express
(1933) Duke Ellington (m)
 Take The 'A' Train
(1939) interpolated into Reveille with Beverly Joya Sherrill (w) Billy Strayhorn (m)
 I'm Beginning To See The Light
(1944) Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges, Harry James, Don George (w/m)
 Cotton Tail
(1940) Duke Ellington (m)
 Just Squeeze Me
(1946) Lee Gaines (w) Duke Ellington (m)
 Satin Doll
(1953) Johnny Mercer (w) Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn (m)
 Rockin' In Rhythm
(1931) Irving Mills (w) Duke Ellington, Harry Carney (m)

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Soreng Theater
Hult Center for the Performing Arts
One Eugene Center
Eugene, Oregon