Duke Ellington’s music lives on through the exuberant trombonist Art Baron, who joined the Ellington Orchestra during the last year Duke led the band and was the last trombonist Ellington hired. With his distinctive musical voice, Baron continues in a long line of unique trombone stylists like “Tricky Sam” Nanton, Lawrence Brown, and Tyree Glenn. Baron has performed and/or recorded with a wide spectrum of world-famous musicians such as Buddy Rich, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, James Taylor, IIlinois Jacquet, and Mel Tormé, among countless others. For this performance, Baron leads The Duke's Men, a band comprised of Ellington alumni. It is sure to be a rollicking night of classic Ellingtonia!
Ticket Prices: $10 per evening concert | $40 for weeklong pass (on sale through Thursday, July 13).
A $5 per ticket fee is added to all ticket sales the night of the event.
Bassist and longtime WP jazz faculty member Steve LaSpina is one of the most respected and versatile bassists in jazz. A Chicago native, he has spent years on the road and in recording studios with Stan Getz, Benny Carter, Dave Liebman, Bob Brookmeyer, and Al Cohn, and with singers Morganna King, Suzanna McCorkle, and Chris Conner. He has been one of the most recorded artists on Steeplechase Records since the 1990s. This concert reunites an all-star group which has recorded 11 CDs together since 1992, and includes alto saxophonist Billy Drews, trumpeter Dave Ballou, pianist Marc Copeland, and drummer Jeff Hirshfield. This is bound to be adventurous and cutting-edge music!
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