April 20th – Marcus Shelby on The Legacy of Duke Ellington: PART 1: The Later Years: 1938-1974

Where: Healdsburg Public Library
When: Saturday, April 20, 2024
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Hosted by: Marcus Shelby
The Legacy of Duke Ellington: PART 1: The Later Years: 1938-1974

Duke Ellington was a world famous musician by the 1930s and travelled extensively with his orchestra for the rest of his career until is death in 1974. From 1938 on, he wrote suites, ballets, tone poems, Hollywood film scores, incidental music for theater, and began an opera called “Queenie Pie” before his passing. He was celebrated and honored wherever he performed. One of the most important aspects of his music was the musicians he composed for. Healdsburg Jazz Artistic Director Marcus Shelby will begin our 2-part series on Duke Ellington on Saturday, April 20, 2024, discussing and exploring the history of Duke Ellington and his bands from 1938-1974 with commentary and recordings. Part 2 of our “Ellington at 125!” talks will take place during our upcoming summer festival on Tuesday, June 18, hosted by Ellington scholar Nick Rossi, who will discuss the early years of Duke Ellington.