Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: Partnership in Jazz
June 13, 2021 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Vashon Center for the Arts, 19600 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070, USA
In the 1920s out of segregated Washington DC, a self-taught Black pianist, composer, and bandleader, Edward Kennedy Ellington, embarked on a career that would last into the 1970s. By the late 1920s, Ellington was performing in Manhattan’s Cotton Club, by the 1930s playing to sold-out crowds in Paris, London, and cities throughout the US. In 1938 Ellington met a 23-year-old, gay Black musical prodigy, Billy Strayhorn. For the next 30 years, Ellington and Strayhorn formed Jazz’s great partnership producing such great songs as “Take the A Train”, “Lush Life” and many other famous hits.
Michael Tracy, the lecturer, will be joined by accomplished and well-traveled musicians to play Ellington and Strayhorn’s music: jazz pianist Dylan Hayes, bassist Stanley Ruvinov, and drummer Xavier Lecouturier.
Tickets to the talk and performance are $10, buy them at vashoncenterforthearts.com.This event will have in-person seating for a limited capacity in the Kay White Hall and also be live-streamed on VCA’s website and Facebook page
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Darius de Haas sings Billy Strayhorn
June 24, 2021
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354, USA
As part of Pride Trilogy 3, Obie Award-winning actor and singer Darius de Haas (Broadway's "Rent", "Shuffle Along", "Kiss Of The Spiderwoman", and Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel") performs the music of Billy Strayhorn in an intimate setting, celebrating the composer's rich contribution to the Great American Songbook- Billy Strayhorn wrote "Take The A Train", "Lush Life", "Day Dream", "Chelsea Bridge", "Something To Live For", and more.
The concert will be streamed. For more info and tickets, check out the website below.