From Harlem to Hollywood it’s hard to name two more influential figures in the history of American music than Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. And we here at The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts are thrilled to bring you a free virtual concert to celebrate the music and collaborations of these two titans.
Join our hosts Mercedes Ellington (Artistic Director for DECFA) and Tony Waag (Artistic Director for the American Tap Dance Foundation) as they guide you through the collaborative history of these world-renowned musical giants. This free concert will feature some of our favorite artists, including a special performance of “What a Wonderful World” from the Viper himself André De Shields (most recently of Hadestown).
Other performers include trumpet player James Zollar, tap dancers DeWitt Fleming Jr., Karen Callaway Williams, and AC Lincoln, ballroom dancers Michael Choi and Vanda Polakova, and singers extraordinaire Kent Drake, Antoinette Montague, Marion Cowings, Ty Stephens, and Sharon K. Janda. With additional performances from Eli Yamin, Andrea Wright, Glafkos Kontemeniotis, and David Ostwald of David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band
Sunday, September 20th, 2020, 4 pm EST
This event is free and open to the public.
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Photo credit: 1) Duke Ellington at the piano and Louis Armstrong on trumpet rehearse Leonard Feather’s “Long, Long Journey” during a session at the RCA Victor recording studio in New York Jan. 12, 1946. (AP Photo). 2) Andre de Shields. By Lia Chang.