Duke Ellington and New York City
Thursday, May 29 at 6:30 pm
Duke Ellington’s music is intimately related to the history, daily life, and, of course, nightlife of New York. In a presentation by noted jazz scholar Edward Green, these interconnections surface in surprising visual images and classic recordings like “Harlem Airshaft,” “The Mooche” (a Cotton Club favorite), and the band’s signature piece, “Take the A Train,” by Billy Strayhorn. Philosopher Eli Siegel, Ellington’s contemporary and fellow New Yorker, could easily have been describing the other man’s music when he said: “In reality opposites are one; art shows this.” With swinging tempos, depth of feeling, and high style, Ellington’s music conveys the drama of contrasts that defines the rhythm of life New York City.
Co-sponsored by The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Please note this event is currently sold out. To join the waitlist please call 917.492.3395.