Mercedes Ellington News

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA
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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...)

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...)

24th International Duke Ellington Study Group Conference To Be Held in NYC24th International Duke Ellington Study Group Conference To Be Held in NYC
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 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 from Thursday, May 19, through Sunday, May 22, 2016, it was announced today by acclaimed dancer/choreographer Mercedes Ellington, Founder and President of the New York based arts organization created in 2004 to further the legacy of her grandfather, the legendary composer/Jazz musician/Orchestra leader, Duke Ellington. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito PuentePhoto Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
by Stephen Sorokoff - Apr 26, 2016

Last night Mercedes Ellington granddaughter of Duke Ellington and president and founder of The Duke Ellington Center For The Arts along with co-producer Judi Marks hosted a Triple Threat musical celebration at the legendary Friars Club.  It was a special evening that featured performances of the music of the three giants of Jazz and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

24th International Duke Ellington Study Conference to be Held in NYC, 5/19-2224th International Duke Ellington Study Conference to be Held in NYC, 5/19-22
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2016

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Boys' & Girls' Towns of Italy NY Spring Ball at DoublesBoys' & Girls' Towns of Italy NY Spring Ball at Doubles
by Marina Kennedy - Mar 11, 2016

On March 8th, Boys' & Girls' Towns of Italy (BGTI) hosted a kick-off reception at The Doubles Club for their annual New York Spring Ball on April 5th. (more...)

BWW Interview: Maurice Hines Is Tappin' Thru HistoryBWW Interview: Maurice Hines Is Tappin' Thru History
by Naomi Serviss - Jan 13, 2016

Hines has created a charismatic confection that incorporates vintage photos, bittersweet memories, enthusiastic tap dancing and a mega-talented all-female band. (more...)

MAURICE HINES TAPPIN' THRU LIFE Opens Tonight at New World StagesMAURICE HINES TAPPIN' THRU LIFE Opens Tonight at New World Stages
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

MAURICE HINES TAPPIN' THRU LIFE is a swinging, song and dance musical that celebrates the astonishing showmanship of one of the last great tap dancers of a by-gone era still working today and whose collaborators were a jaw-dropping, who's who of theatre, music, film and television. Co-starring the fierce tap dancing Manzari brothers and the all female vivacious Diva Jazz Orchestra, the show is directed by Jeff Calhoun (Newsies, Deaf West's Big River, Grease). Performances began December 23rd at New World Stages (340 W. 50th Street), and opening night is tonight, January 11th. (more...)

Centenary Stage Company to Host January THAW Music Festival at Lackland CenterCentenary Stage Company to Host January THAW Music Festival at Lackland Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2016

Centenary Stage Company hits the ground running in the New Year with an array of musical guests primed to heat up the Lackland Center for the January THAW Music Festival.  The festival launches on Saturday, January 16 at 2pm with The Duke Ellington Center Big Band under the direction of Mercedes Ellington and their exciting, hand-clapping, finger-snapping, dynamic musical journey from the Jazz clubs of Harlem and the Apollo Theater, to the downtown night clubs and Broadway stages, with 'Duke Ellington:  Composer Beyond Category' .  (more...)

Duke Ellington Center Big Band to Perform at Sitnik TheaterDuke Ellington Center Big Band to Perform at Sitnik Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2015

'Duke Ellington: Composer Beyond Category' is an exciting, hand-clapping, finger-snapping, dynamic musical journey from the Jazz clubs of Harlem and the Apollo Theater, to the downtown night clubs and Broadway stages, with The Duke Ellington Center Big Band under the direction of Mercedes Ellington. The performance will be held in the Sitnik Theater of Centenary Stage Company's Lackland Center on Saturday, January 16 at 2pm. (more...)

January THAW Music Festival Set for Centenary Stage Company's Lackland CenterJanuary THAW Music Festival Set for Centenary Stage Company's Lackland Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2015

Music permeates Centenary Stage Company's Lackland Center during the month of January with the January THAW Music Festival. Featuring the music of legends and some of New York's hottest artists this year's festival includes; 'Duke Ellington: Composer Beyond Category' by The Duke Ellington Center Big Band under the direction of Mercedes Ellington, the Bria Skonberg Quintet and 'An Oscar Moment' with the Matt Baker Quartet. (more...)

Juilliard Dance's 2015-16 Season Opens with 'New Dances: Edition 2015'Juilliard Dance's 2015-16 Season Opens with 'New Dances: Edition 2015'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

Juilliard Dance, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, opens its 2015-16 season this month with 'New Dances: Edition 2015' featuring four world-premiere dances by innovative choreographers Helen Simoneau (First-Year Dancers); Aszure Barton (Second-Year Dancers); Zvi Gotheiner (Third-Year Dancers); and Kyle Abraham(Fourth-Year Dancers). (more...)

MAURICE HINES TAPPIN' THRU LIFE to Play New World Stages This Winter; Jeff Calhoun Directs!MAURICE HINES TAPPIN' THRU LIFE to Play New World Stages This Winter; Jeff Calhoun Directs!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2015

He's going to put a smile on your face and song in your heart. (more...)

Adrienne Haan Makes Carnegie Hall Debut with TEHORAH TonightAdrienne Haan Makes Carnegie Hall Debut with TEHORAH Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2015

International Chanteuse Adrienne Haan, one of Europe's and America's most electrifying concert and cabaret stars, will make her Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall tonight, October 29, 2015 at 8:00pm with her production of Tehorah. (more...)

Lydia Harrell and Rhianna Radick Top 2015 Duke Ellington Jazz Vocal Competition in NYCLydia Harrell and Rhianna Radick Top 2015 Duke Ellington Jazz Vocal Competition in NYC
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2015

Lydia Harrell, a Michigan native currently living in Boston, and actress Rhianna Radick, who was born in Philadelphia and has lived in New York City for the past two years, were winners of the Second Annual Duke Ellington Jazz Vocal Competition held Saturday, October 24, at the 41st Annual 52nd Street Duke Ellington/Americana Jazz Festival in Manhattan. (more...)

DECFA Hosts 2nd Annual Jazz Vocal Competition TodayDECFA Hosts 2nd Annual Jazz Vocal Competition Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2015

The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts (DECFA) will present its 2nd Annual Jazz Vocalists Competition at the 41st Annual Duke Ellington 52nd Street Jazz Festival today, October 24, from 1 to 4 PM, on the Festival Performance Stage at the Southeast Corner of 52nd Street and Avenue of Americas in Manhattan. (more...)

Victoria Clark and More Slated for Actors' Equity PASS IT ON Panel Next WeekVictoria Clark and More Slated for Actors' Equity PASS IT ON Panel Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2015

The Actors' Equity Association presents 'PASS IT ON: Thriving Artists Reflect on a Life in the Theatre', moderated by Ira Mont and featuring Victoria Clark, Mercedes Ellington, Dana Ivey and Jeff Williams, on Monday, October 26, 2015 at Actors' Equity Association - NYC (165 West 46th Street, 14th Floor Council Room). (more...)

DECFA to Host 2nd Annual Jazz Vocal Competition, 10/24DECFA to Host 2nd Annual Jazz Vocal Competition, 10/24
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2015

The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts (DECFA) will present its 2nd Annual Jazz Vocalists Competition at the 41st Annual Duke Ellington 52nd Street Jazz Festival on Saturday, October 24, from 1 to 4 PM, on the Festival Performance Stage at the Southeast Corner of 52nd Street and Avenue of Americas in Manhattan. (more...)

Juilliard Dance Receives 64th Annual Capezio Dance AwardJuilliard Dance Receives 64th Annual Capezio Dance Award
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2015

 Juilliard Dance will receive the 64th Annual Capezio Dance Awardfrom the Capezio Ballet Makers Dance Foundation at a ceremony on Sunday,November 22, 2015 at 6pm at The Juilliard School in the Willson Theater.  Artistic Director Lawrence Rhodes will accept the award on behalf of the school.  (more...)

Adrienne Haan to Make Carnegie Hall Debut with TEHORAH This OctoberAdrienne Haan to Make Carnegie Hall Debut with TEHORAH This October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

International Chanteuse Adrienne Haan, one of Europe's and America's most electrifying concert and cabaret stars, will make her Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall on October 29, 2015 at 8:00pm with her production of Tehorah. The concert is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations. Patrons of the event include the German and Israeli Ambassadors to the United Nations, and Rabbi Arthur Schneier. (more...)

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