The Kennedy Center

The Mellow Tones



Biography

 

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts was established in 1974 by Co-founders Peggy Cooper Cafritz and the late Mike Malone. It remains the sole D.C. public high school to offer a dual curriculum encompassing professional arts training and academic enrichment, in preparation for college and careers in the arts. Ellington's mission is to nurture and inspire passion for arts and learning in talented students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to develop their artistic skills. 

 

The Mellow Tones are a vibrantly spirited ensemble from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Having performed alongside Bobby McFerrin, Ledisi, and Kendrick Lamar with the NSO at the Kennedy Center, The Mellow Tones bridge the gap between the old and the new. Their youthful essence and vitality voice their lush harmonies, all the while staying true to the everlasting jazz genre. The Mellow Tones learn complex arrangements written by their director, Mark G. Meadows, a thriving international jazz artist. From Ella Fitzgerald to Beyonce, from Louis Armstrong to Neo, the Mellow Tones use their many influences, both deep-rooted, and fresh, in order to sing a song that speaks to all generations.

The Mellow Tones