The young Duke
In June 2021, Concertzender will bring you early versions of legendary pieces by Edward Kennedy Ellington, aka Duke. The greatest bandleader of the last century taught himself to play the piano by copying other people’s art. In 1924 he started making his first records with a group called the Washingtonians, named for Duke’s birthplace. Three years later, Concertzender will focus on the intervening years in which Ellington recorded for small labels. Soloist Ellington, who started out as a painter of advertising signs, will also be featured.
5 June, 4pm.