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Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente

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.

Frank Owens was musical director of the small but effective Ellington Band and the entertainers for the evening were: Andrea Frierson, Dezhon Fields, Loni Ackerman, Alex Cowings, Kathy Conry, Judi Mark and Larry Marshall. Ron Abel was music director for Andrea Frierson. The Friars certainly can't say they "Don't Get Around Much Anymore"

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Loni Ackerman, Dezhon Fields, Andrea Frierson, Judi Mark, Larry Marshall, Mercedes Ellington, Kathy Conry, Alex Cowings

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Mercedes Ellington & Judi Mark

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Mercedes Ellington

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Mercedes Ellington, Andrea Frierson, Ron Abel

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Judi Mark

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
James Zollar, Patience Higgins, Dave Gibson, Frank Owens, Wilbur Bascomb

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
James Zollar

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Frank Owens, Musical Director

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Ron Abel, Music Director for Andrea Frierson

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Andrea Frierson

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Ron Abel & Andrea Frierson

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Dezhon Fields

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Dezhon Fields

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Loni Ackerman

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Alex Cowings

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Alex Cowings

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Mercedes Ellington & Kathy Conry

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Judi Mark

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Larry Marshall

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Larry Marshall

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
The Cast

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Bob Spiotto, Director of Programs

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Eda Sorokoff & Ron Abel

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Frank Sinatra Dining Room

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Lucille Ball Room

Photo Coverage: Friars Club Celebrates The April Birthdays of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Tito Puente
Friars Club



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