Ellington Voices: Classical to Jazz with Nnenna Freelon and Harolyn Blackwell
Vocalists Freelon and Blackwell explore the intersection of classical music and jazz through the musical genius of Duke Ellington in this world premiere Kennedy Center–commissioned concert.
- Sat., Nov. 22, 2008, 7:30 PM
- Terrace Theater
- Approx. 100 minutes
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"Dreaming the Duke"
with Nnenna Freelon and Harolyn Blackwell
and Mike Garson
One show only! In this Kennedy Center–commissioned, world-premiere event, two of today's hottest vocalists explore how classical sounds intertwine with improvisational jazz in the inimitable music of Duke Ellington, one of DC's native sons. Bringing together their respective expertise from the jazz and classical worlds, Nnenna Freelon and Harolyn Blackwell showcase how Ellington's compositions blended European classical traditions, syncopated rhythms of stride piano and ragtime, and African American work songs, blues, and spiritual music into an invigorating, unified whole. The inspirational messages in his most famous works will come to light in this electrifying evening, which also includes pianist Mike Garson, a string quartet, and Nnenna Freelon's jazz band. Part of Jazz in DC, the Center's weeklong celebration curated by Dr. Billy Taylor that highlights DC's influence on the development of jazz.
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