It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)...
In 1914, a young man called Edward Ellington wrote a simple piano piece entitles Soda Fountain Rag. Over the next sixty years, he would compose a canon of work which would have him recognised as the foremost American composer of any genre. Nicknamed Duke by his school friends because of his regal bearing, Ellington’s music contains a unique blend of contrasts: visceral and elegant, intimate and shouting, traditional and progressive, the music is unique, exciting, earthy and refined.
The Echoes Of Ellington Jazz Orchestra was first formed in 1994 to celebrate the Duke’s music, and to bring it to a modern audience by live performance. Jazz enthusiasts have been amazed by the group’s ability to get inside the scores and really bring out the Ellington flavour.
Today, the orchestra is in its finest incarnation; each highly specialised virtuoso player understands the nuances put on the page by the Duke. This concert will focus on the greatest hits - expect to hear Take The A Train, Satin Doll, Mood Indigo, Caravan, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Sophisticated Lady, and all your other Ellington favourites!
The show is conducted and presented by clarinettist Peter Long, who over the years has built a reputation as a leading big band frontman. As well as keeping you entertained, Pete will also impart a little background information, to heighten your enjoyment of the music.
It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) is at The Apex on Sunday 24 January at 1pm. Tickets are £18.50 (or just £5 for under 25s), call the Box Office on 01284 758000, or visit www.theapex.co.uk for more information, or to book.