Sultans of Swing Based in New York, this 16 piece band plays the music of Ellington and other
jazz composers world-wide, under the direction of bandleader, conductor and clinician David Berger.
Mr. Berger has transcribed around 500 Ellington recordings, including approximately 50 available
through Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington program.
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Listen to Sultans of Swing here Four tunes from their October 2006 concert in Oslo. I had a little difficulty opening the files
on line, but they worked fine if I downloaded them to my hard drive and opened them from there.
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The Swing Legacy This little big-band (trumpet, 2 sax, 3 rhythm, plus female vocalist) presents the polish,
heat, and energy of the great swing big-bands. Their original arrangements produce a big-band sound
and make the group sound larger than six pieces. Their repertoire concentrates on classic big-band swing music,
including many Duke Ellington and Count Basie numbers. They function professionally both as a concert
jazz ensemble and a dance band. Recognized for their impeccable musicianship and powerful swinging beat,
The Swing Legacy has performed since 1991 throughout New England. Two highly acclaimed
CDs present some of the most interesting and exciting items from their repertoire.
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Harmony in Harlem Eastern England's unique jazz orchestra led by Ellington scholar Michael Kilpatrick. This excellent band
was featured at the Ellington 2008 conference of the Duke Ellington Study Group in London.
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Laurent Mignard Duke Orchestra The professional Laurent Mignard Duke Orchestra is based in France, specializing in Duke Ellington's music.
It will play some 15 concerts in the 2011-2012 season.
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Duke Ellington Repertory Orchestra This is the website of Drummer/Arranger/Composer Tony Faulkner, leader of the Duke Ellington
Repertory Orchestra, an undergraduate band at Leeds College of Music in the UK. Mr. Faulkner
has a large library of Ellington charts, about 40 of which are in the band folders at any one
time. DERO publicly performed A Drum is A Woman in 2005, the UK premiere of this rarely performed work.
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Strictly Ellington Amateur rehearsal/Ellington repertory band formed by David Palmquist (webmaster, Ellingtonweb.ca) in Delta BC
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Impressions in Jazz Orchestra Adrian Cho's professional orchestra based in Ottawa. Check out their delightful recordings by pressing
the Listen button at the top of each page.
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Jazzin DUKES Jazzin Dukes is a Swedish sextet with trumpet, tenor sax (doubling clarinet and bari sax), trombone,
guitar, bass and piano. The group was formed in 1994 by trombonist Erling Torkelsson, and since
2001 the band has worked with vocalist Ann-Christin Hallgren. Namnet syftar på Ellington, som
är gruppens viktigaste musikaliska förebild. Nästan all deras musik är hämtad från honom och
hans krets av musiker. There are some nice sound clips on the "kyrkan" page.
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Duke Ellington Legacy Band led by Ellington's grandson Edward K. Ellington II.
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Ellingtonia Ellingtonia is a 9-piece band devoted to playing Ellington, based in Devon. Ellingtonia,
formed by sax-player/arranger Ian Wellens, delivers the authentic sound of the
1930s throughout southwestern England. Booking information (and some really nice
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The FEEL Jazz Orchestra FEEL is short for Far East Ellington Lovers - Japanese site. Includes sound files.
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Duke Ellington Trio This is the English language page of an Italian saxophone trio. The English page doesn't say much about what they have to do with Ellington's music, but perhaps the Italian page does. Click the flag to get there.
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Abbey Town Jazz Orchestra This site is in Italian, but I think it is about a jazz orchestra
that plays Ellington. " Portraits of Duke Ellington | Concerti ...Concerti sacri di duke
Ellington.Sorge nel 1998 per volontā di un gruppo di 20 giovani musicisti, provenienti
da esperienze musicali diverse ma accomunati da una spiccata passione per il jazz."
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Siena Jazz Big Band Italian language Le Carozze Records site featuring this band
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Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra Professional band under the direction of Richard Gillis. Duke-LYM member
Bill Morton writes:"...the only community based professional jazz orchestra in Canada.
Founded in 1997, it was in anticipation of his 100th anniversary in 1999, that the Orchestra
presented it's first concert of Ellingtonia, in December of 1998. Since then, in addition to
at least one Ducal/Strayhorn composition almost every concert, it has performed "the Nutcracker"
at two Christmas concerts and will do so again this December 11 2005. A note of interest, one
member of the WJO board of directors sang with Duke, Johnny Hodges and the Ellington Orchestra
in its Easter 1970 presentation of "The Second Sacred Concert" in Winnipeg. He offerred to
sponsor her singing career in New York." - added/modified Jun 2 2005
12-piece Swedish band under the direction of Jens Lindgren, who writes:
Kustbandet has been playing Ellington tunes since we started in the early 1960's - and we still
add new (=old) numbers to the repertoire. We live in the Stockholm area but we travel regularly.
You can hear us in A Prairie Home Companion on
http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/programs/20030426/ and we have plans to perform "over there"
in April/May 2006. - added/modified May 15 2005
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks Duke-LYM member Fred Beckhardt recommended listing Mr. Giordano's band.
Mr. Giordano writes "I don't have a website--but you can say on your site that we do play
every Monday and Tuesday night and folks can tune in on their computers or when they come to
NYC--come and see us: here's the details: Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks are "Streaming
LIVE" over the Internet Every Monday & Tuesday Nights (8:30-11:30 pm EST) Tune in on your
computer to hear and see the band as they perform from Charley O's Times Square (on the corner
of Broadway & 49th Street in NYC. The web site is www.earthcam.com or double click on
the address below " (see the link to the left)
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Claude Bolling The Claude Bolling Big Band has recorded Ellington and M. Bolling regularly
perfoms the music. This is the link to his itinerary. His home page, en franįaise,
is here. Michael Palmer
writes "No-one seems to have mentioned Claude Bolling in the discussions of orchestras playing
the DE/BS repertory. His recordings of their music seem, to me at least, to have the real spirit."
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