UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra plays Ellington Suites at Vuotalo
Tue, May 9, 2023
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MusiciansUMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra
The late 1950’s and early 1960’s was a golden period in Duke Ellington’s prolific career. Both Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, his creative partner, were composing and arranging at the very top of their game. The Duke Ellington Orchestra of this period was also one of the best that the maestro ever had, with talented newcomers and experienced veterans joining forces to create a tight, swinging ensemble with exciting soloistic fireworks.
UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra’s seasonal performances of Ellington & Strayhorn’s Nutcracker Suite have quickly become a popular holiday tradition for the members of the orchestra and audience alike, and now UMO continues their exploration of this golden period of The Duke Ellington Orchestra by performing the pendant to the Nutcracker Suite, the equally wonderful but lesser known Peer Gynt Suite, originally composed by Edvard Grieg. This suite was recorded and released in 1960, on the same album as the Nutcracker Suite....