Duke Ellington News

Date of Birth: April 29, 1899
Date of Death: May 24, 1974 (75)
Birth Place: Washington, DC, USA
Gender: Male
HAMILTON's Leslie Odom, Jr. & Babyface to Headline Kennedy Center's Spring GalaHAMILTON's Leslie Odom, Jr. & Babyface to Headline Kennedy Center's Spring Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

?The Kennedy Center today announced R&B singer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Broadway star Leslie Odom, Jr. will replace Michael Buble as the headline talent for its upcoming Spring Gala, How Sweet It Is: A Tribute to Marvin Gaye, on Sunday, June 5, 2016 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Due to required vocal cord surgery, Buble has withdrawn from this performance. (more...)

SHOWBIZ AFTER HOURS WITH FRANK DILELLA, Maria Schneider Orchestra & More Set for Birdland, Week of 6/6SHOWBIZ AFTER HOURS WITH FRANK DILELLA, Maria Schneider Orchestra & More Set for Birdland, Week of 6/6
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its schedule for June 6-12, featuring Maria Schnieder Orchestra, ShowBiz After Hours with Frank DiLella, Mari Koga Quintet, and more! (more...)

The League of Professional Theatre Women Presents Actress and Dancer Carmen de LavalladeThe League of Professional Theatre Women Presents Actress and Dancer Carmen de Lavallade
by Marianka Swain - May 26, 2016

The League of Professional Theatre Women is pleased to present CARMEN DE LAVALLADE, actress, dancer, choreographer, for the next Oral History interview. She will sit down with dance journalist Deborah Jowitt to discuss her large body of work. The event will take place on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on 65th Street & Amsterdam Avenue. Admission is free, but seats will be on a first-come-first-seated basis. (more...)

Photo Flash: Terri Klausner, Valarie Pettiford & Ty Stephens Bring A SOPHISTICATED REUNION to BirdlandPhoto Flash: Terri Klausner, Valarie Pettiford & Ty Stephens Bring A SOPHISTICATED REUNION to Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series was thrilled to present 'A Sophisticated Reunion' on Monday, May 23. The one-night-only event starred Terri Klausner, Valarie Pettiford and Ty Stephens, who met in Sophisticated Ladies, a Broadway musical review based on the music of Duke Ellington, which opened in March of 1981. (more...)

Carol Stein to Perform at Winter Park Playhouse, 6/15-16Carol Stein to Perform at Winter Park Playhouse, 6/15-16
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

The Winter Park Playhouse Spotlight Cabaret Series features the immensely popular and uniquely talented Ms. Carol Stein Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16. Premiering her new solo cabaret entitled, Travels With Carol, she will take you on a musical travel adventure with, as expected, Carol at the piano and microphone! (more...)

Laura Osnes, Bill Charlap Trio and More Coming Up This Spring at BirdlandLaura Osnes, Bill Charlap Trio and More Coming Up This Spring at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its lineup for May 30-June 5, featuring: Bill Charlap Trio, An Evening with Laura Osnes, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more! (more...)

Complexions Contemporary Ballet to Premiere David Bowie Tribute at Music HallComplexions Contemporary Ballet to Premiere David Bowie Tribute at Music Hall
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Complexions Contemporary Ballet interprets two incomparable Rock Music innovators who both transcended the limits of Rock And Roll music. (more...)

24th International Duke Ellington Study Conference Launches Tomorrow in NYC24th International Duke Ellington Study Conference Launches Tomorrow in NYC
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

The 24th International Duke Ellington Study Group Conference will be presented by the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts (DECFA) in New York City starting tomorrow (Thursday, May 19) Duke Ellington and continuing through Sunday, May 22, 2016. (more...)

Provincetown Theater Playwrights' Lab Set for JuneProvincetown Theater Playwrights' Lab Set for June
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Eight plays will be presented on each day of the Spring Playwrights Festival at the studio of WOMR Radio (494 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA). (more...)

Poway OnStage to Host 5th Annual TASTE OF OUR TOWNE This JunePoway OnStage to Host 5th Annual TASTE OF OUR TOWNE This June
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

Poway OnStage invites you to mark your calendar for a special evening of music, dining and celebration! Taste of Our Towne brings together local food, wine and beer, live music, dancing, silent and live auctions and much more, all under the summer night sky on the beautiful Plaza of the Poway Center for the Performing Arts! (more...)

Western Wind Vocal Sextet to Perform FLOWING LIGHT - NEW AMERICAN MUSIC FOR VOICES, 6/4Western Wind Vocal Sextet to Perform FLOWING LIGHT - NEW AMERICAN MUSIC FOR VOICES, 6/4
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

The Western Wind vocal sextet will present Flowing Light - New American Music for Voices on Saturday, June 4 at 7:30 PM in Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street in Manhattan. (more...)

IN THE MOOD National Tour Kicks Off in Melbourne, Sept. 8IN THE MOOD National Tour Kicks Off in Melbourne, Sept. 8
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

Following their 2011 and 2013 sold out Australian tours, the brassy, all-singing-all-dancing-all-American celebration of Swing Jazz returns to our shores on a massive coast to coast run throughout September and into October. (more...)

Photo Flash: I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU Celebrates Opening at Montalban TheatrePhoto Flash: I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU Celebrates Opening at Montalban Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Corky Hale presents I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU - The Life and Lyrics of Al Dubin, which opened May 13 at the Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine St. in Hollywood. This new musical features lyrics by Al Dubin, music mostly by Harry Warren, book by Jerry Leichtling and Arlene Sarner, and musical direction by Gerald Sternbach. The production is directed and choreographed by Kay Cole. BroadwayWorld has photos from the starry opening festivities below! (more...)

Ethiopian Funk-Rock Group Debo Band to Release ERE GOBEZ Album This FridayEthiopian Funk-Rock Group Debo Band to Release ERE GOBEZ Album This Friday
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

This Friday, May 20, 11-piece Ethiopian funk-rock group, Debo Band, releases their sophomore album, Ere Gobez. (more...)

Andrew Rannells, James Lecesne, Ravi Coltrane and More Coming to Birdland This JuneAndrew Rannells, James Lecesne, Ravi Coltrane and More Coming to Birdland This June
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its June 2016 schedule, featuring: Bill Charlap Trio, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Mike Stern and Bill Evans Quartet, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ravi Coltrane, ShowBiz After Hours with Frank DiLella, Birdland Big Band, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. (more...)

Legendary Jazz Portrait Artist Eugene Mosley in Atlanta May 19-21 to Support the Make a Wish Foundation and Launch New Liquor Line Legend CognacLegendary Jazz Portrait Artist Eugene Mosley in Atlanta May 19-21 to Support the Make a Wish Foundation and Launch New Liquor Line Legend Cognac
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Legendary celebrity Louisiana portrait artist, Eugene Mosley, will be in Atlanta May 19-21, to support Make A Wish-Georgia. Launching his latest venture, Peach Falsetto Cognac & Legend Gourmet Products, CEO Mosley said, "A Georgia Peach specialty cognac is the perfect way to express my love for Atlanta and I'm happy to be supporting the Make-A-Wish Georgia organization. Sponsoring this great group is an honor." (more...)

Eliane Elias, A Sophisticated Reunion and More Coming Up This Month at BirdlandEliane Elias, A Sophisticated Reunion and More Coming Up This Month at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Birdland Jazz Club has announced its lineup for May 23-29, featuring Eliane Elias, A Sophisticated Reunion: Terri Klausner, Valerie Pettiford and Ty Stephens, Bill O'Connell and the Latin Jazz All-Stars, and more.  (more...)

A.R. Gurney & Carmen de Lavallade to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honors at 61st Annual Obie AwardsA.R. Gurney & Carmen de Lavallade to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honors at 61st Annual Obie Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

The American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice have announced that legendary actor/dancer/choreographer Carmen de Lavallade and renowned playwright A.R. Gurney will each receive a special Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 61st Annual Obie Awards, which will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016 at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street). Tickets to the 2016 Obie Awards are now available via www.ObieAwards.com. (more...)

BWW TV: Sneak Peek at Rehearsals and Behind-the-Scenes of I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOUBWW TV: Sneak Peek at Rehearsals and Behind-the-Scenes of I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 11, 2016

Producer Corky Hale's I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU - The Life and Lyrics of Al Dubin, features lyrics by Al Dubin, most music by Harry Warren, a book by Jerry Leichtling and Arlene Sarner, and musical direction by Gerald Sternbach.  The production is directed and choreographed by  Kay Cole.  BroadwayWorld TV's own LA on-air Host Michael Sterling was invited to take a sneak peek at rehearsals last week and interview some of the show's stars and creative team.   (more...)

BWW Review: Jazz Legends DUKE ELLINGTON and ELLA FITZGERALD Are Celebrated By Performing TRIPLE THREATS In Classy Style at the Friars ClubBWW Review: Jazz Legends DUKE ELLINGTON and ELLA FITZGERALD Are Celebrated By Performing TRIPLE THREATS In Classy Style at the Friars Club
by Victoria Ordin - May 10, 2016

The spirit of jazz legends Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald (with a little Tito Puente) was palpable in the Milton Berle room at New York's Friars Club on April 25 for the second-annual production of Triple Threats. Broadway veterans (including Duke's granddaughter, Mercedes Ellington, who also co-produced the show) joined some of America's most accomplished jazz musicians to celebrate the April birthdays of the music greats and to honor those performers who sing, dance, and act at the highest levels. (more...)

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