Thursday Night Live’s “Jazz in the Atrium” Celebrates the Music of Duke Ellington With a Month-long Tribute & Special Appearance by Grandson Paul Ellington
Join the Dallas Museum of Art for Jazz Appreciation Month during the month of April as we showcase the music of the legendary composer, pianist, and band leader Duke Ellington during Thursday Night Live’s Jazz in the Atrium. Each week will feature area ensembles that specialize in playing Ellington compositions and Ellington-era music, including the finalists of the Essentially Ellington competition in New York City.
Paul Ellington, Duke Ellington’s grandson and current musical director for the Duke Ellington Orchestra, will join Shelley Carrol, a former member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, for the closing performance of Jazz in the Atrium’s tribute to Duke Ellington on April 28. Throughout the performance, Ellington will share stories about his grandfather and the music he composed.
This April celebrates Duke Ellington’s 112th birthday. Ellington remains one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music, and is widely considered to be one of the 20th century’s best-known African American personalities. In his 50-year career, he played over 20,000 performances worldwide and is credited with composing over 3,000 songs during his lifetime.
On selected Thursday evenings throughout the month of April, following the Jazz in the Atrium performances, we will offer special jazz-themed tours featuring works of art in the Museum’s collections that make connections to and were influenced by jazz. Please check our Gallery Talks and Tours page for additional information on these tours.
Visit the Smithsonian Jazz Institute for programs being planned nationally.
Jazz Appreciation Month Events
Jazz in the Atrium, Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Included in general admission to the Museum
University of North Texas Jazz Repertory Ensemble
Thursday, April 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Jazz Repertory Ensemble is one of the country’s few ensembles dedicated to the collection, study, preservation, and re-creation of classic music from the entire history of jazz. The group is committed to playing compositions and arrangements or re-creations of classic recorded performances by such jazz legends as Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Gil Evans, and Charles Mingus.
Dave Zoller & Daybreak Express
Thursday, April 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Dave Zoller, composer, arranger, and pianist, performs the music of Duke Ellington with leading musicians from the Dallas jazz scene. Zoller has backed such top acts as Kay Starr, Gloria Loring, George Kirby, and the Smothers Brothers.
Jazz Appreciation Month Tours
Swinging in Rhythm: Design and Art of the Jazz Age
Thursday, April 14, 8:00 p.m.
This tour, led by Stefanie Kae Dlugosz, McDermott Curatorial Intern for Decorative Arts and Design, DMA, will feature works of art in the Museum’s collections that make connections to and were influenced by jazz.
Carroll Senior High School Jazz Band I
Thursday, April 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Jazz Band I is the top of three audition-only jazz ensembles at Carroll Senior High School (Southlake, Texas). In addition to being named Essentially Ellington finalists in 2007 and 2010, Jazz Band I was the winner of the 2009 UTA Jazz Festival and was invited to be a featured performer at the festival in 2010.
Jazz Appreciation Month Tours
Are You Hep to the Jive?: Design and Art of the Jazz Age
Thursday, April 21, 8:00 p.m.
This tour, led by Kevin W. Tucker, The Margot B. Perot Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, DMA, will feature works of art in the Museum’s collections that make connections to and were influenced by jazz.
Shelley Carrol featuring Paul Ellington
Thursday, April 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Saxophonist and former member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Shelley Carrol leads his own quartet in playing the music of Duke Ellington. Carrol will be joined by very special guest Paul Ellington, grandson of Duke Ellington and current musical director for the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Paul will share stories of his grandfather and the music he composed.
About the Dallas Museum of Art
Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs are its global collections, which encompass more than 24,000 works and span 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Established in 1903, the Museum welcomes approximately 600,000 visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary readings, and dramatic and dance presentations.
The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.