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Tony Bennett and Paul Ellington at The Morrison Hotel Gallery, in New York City for the preview of "In Session" on July 17, 2008.
Duke Ellington Birhday Celebration in the New York Times
“Somebody said they want us to do ‘A Train’ again,” Paul Mercer Ellington, the musical director of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, reported just before 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
And why not? A full 27 minutes had passed since the orchestra’s last performance of his grandfather’s signature song, a song some Ellington fans cannot hear too often. Wednesday was, after all, the 110th anniversary of Duke Ellington’s birth, and the orchestra was ready to celebrate.
This time, the A train was not just any A train, but one made up of cars about as old as the song, which was written in 1939 but not performed until a couple of years later.
“I’ve never seen a train like this,”
DUKE ELLINGTON NEWS
Duke Ellington Day, April 29, 2009
Duke Ellington’s grandchildren Mercedes and Paul Ellington hosted a Q & A about the legendary musician and cultural icon’s career, life and music at Borders Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center, April 29th at 7PM.
"Jazz: the Smithsonian Anthology" Is Definitive Box Set On Genre
"Jazz: the Smithsonian Anthology" will be released on March 29, 2011. This compilation features a number of classic Duke Ellington recordings. For more information or to pre-order, please click here.
You can test your knowledge of jazz history and see how many songs from the Smithsonian compilation you recognize by clicking here.