Opening Tribute Concert to Duke Ellington with Marcus L Miller Freedom Jazz Movement for "Love You Madly" - A Portrait of Duke Ellington

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Opening Tribute Concert to Duke Ellington with Marcus L Miller Freedom Jazz Movement for "Love You Madly" - A Portrait of Duke Ellington

Time: March 7, 2015 from 3pm to 6pm
Location: William Grant Still Arts Center
Street: 2520 S. West View Street
City/Town: Los Angeles
Website or Map: http://wgsac.wordpress.com
Phone: 323-734-1165
Event Type: concert, live, music, art, exhibit
Organized By: William Grant Still Arts Center
Latest Activity: Mar 2, 2015

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Come check out the new exhibit and enjoy the music of Duke Ellington performed by members of Freedom Jazz Movement and Project World Drum. Joining Marcus L. Miller on the band stand are Edwin Livingston - Band Page (bass), Sabine Pothier (piano), & Greg Brown (vibes).

The opening reception and concert for "Love You Madly" - A Portrait of Duke Ellington will take place at the William Grant Still Arts Center on Saturday, March 7 from 3:00-6:00p.m. It will feature music performed live by Marcus Miller Freedom Jazz Movement, paying tribute to Duke including music from Duke Ellington's 1963 release with Max Roach and Charles Mingus, Money Jungle.

"Love You Madly" - A Portrait of Duke Ellington features archival recordings, magazine articles, concert posters, original photographs, and a significant discography related to jazz pioneer and prolific master composer Duke Ellington’s life and career.

The exhibit will chronicle Duke Ellington's rise to fame through swing in the Cotton Club and big band era as an arranger and charismatic band leader, as well as his grassroots love for blues and experimental jazz. His philosophies towards jazz as American Music beyond category, rooted in African tradition influenced younger generations of genre expanders John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach, ongoing relationships with orchestra members saxophonists Otto Hardwick and Johnny Hodges, and alliances with contemporaries Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Strayhorn.

Items are from the collection of community member Alden Kimbrough,and his father Jack Kimbrough, who built a personal relationship with Duke, inviting him to perform in Southern California. Duke Ellington is this years focus for The William Grant Still Arts Centers Annual African-American Composers Series. The series and its accompanying FREE music and art education programs celebrate the life & work of African-American composers each spring, since 2009. 

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