Duke Ellington Orchestra Performs at Strathmore for One Night Only on Thursday, November 5
Night of jazz standards to include "Satin Doll" and "Take the A Train"
Baltimore, Md. (August 26, 2009)- The BSO SuperPops welcomes the return of The Duke Ellington Orchestra, led by original band member Barrie Lee Hall, on November 5 at 8:00 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore for a night of legendary jazz standards. The program, which will be announced from the stage, will include Ellington favorites such as "Lush Life," "Satin Doll" and "Take the A Train." Please note: the BSO does not perform on this program. See below for complete program information.
Duke Ellington dropped out of high school in order to pursue his love of music by performing with various ensembles. He eventually gained leadership of a band he had been a member of during the Harlem Renaissance, later renamed the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Under his direction, the band went on to achieve national and international attention, recorded numerous albums and appeared in movies, such as A Day at the Races and Anatomy of a Murder. Ellington's music grew to define cultural movements throughout history, and jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis remarked that his "music sounds like America." Upon Ellington's death in 1974, The Duke Ellington Orchestra has since passed through the hands of his son and grandson. Ellington was the recipient of many prestigious awards, including Grammys, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Pulitzer Prize.
Barrie Lee Hall, Jr., Band Leader and Conductor
Born in 1949 in Mansfield, Louisiana, Barrie Lee Hall, Jr.'s interest in jazz began in high school. He later studied music (trumpet and piano) at Texas Southern University and won soloist awards in national big band college jazz festival competitions around the country. While still a student, he met Duke Ellington and soon after joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1973. After Duke's son Mercer Ellington's death in 1996, Mr. Hall took over as conductor and band leader. Mr. Hall was the music director at Liberty Baptist Church in Houston, Texas for five years. He has extensive background in gospel music both contemporary and traditional gospel.
Duke Ellington Orchestra
The Duke Ellington Orchestra is the preeminent performer of the music of Duke Ellington. A prolific composer, Ellington created more than 2,000 pieces of music, including the standard songs "Take the A-Train" and "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" and the longer works Black, Brown and Beige, Liberian Suite and Afro-Eurasian Eclipse. The Orchestra features conductor Barrie Lee Hall, Jr., one of the orchestra's original members.
In 2007, The Duke Ellington Orchestra traveled across four continents to play and promote the music of Duke Ellington. The Orchestra was the featured performer at the prestigious Tokyo Jazz Festival and the Cape May Jazz Festival (one of the longest running jazz festivals in the United States).
In 2008, The Duke Ellington Orchestra traveled throughout the world including a two-week tour in Japan, Korea, Romania and a six-week United States West Coast tour. The Orchestra will be returning to the recording studio to record Duke Ellington classics. Also in development is a stand-alone production of Duke Ellington's music that will include the orchestra, vocalists and dancers.
COMPLETE PROGRAM INFORMATION
BSO SuperPops Presents: Duke Ellington Orchestra
Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. - The Music Center at Strathmore
Barrie Lee Hall, conductor and leader
Program to be announced from stage
Tickets for these concerts go on sale September 1st, range from $28 to $90 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office, 877.BSO.1444, 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.