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Zurich Jazz Orchestra Plays Duke Ellington: «and His Mother Called Him Bill» at Kulturmarkt Zürich

Courtesy of Bettina Uhlmann | Posted on November 23, 2023


Kulturmarkt Zürich
Aemtlerstrasse 23
8003 Zürich


Tue, May 28, 2024

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Zurich Jazz Orchestra
band / ensemble / orchestra
Yumi Ito
Edward Partyka
composer / conductor


When we played the "Far East Suite" at the Kulturmarkt a year ago in June, the interest was huge. So we promised then that we would come back with a new Ellington program. We are now making good on that promise - with a program that we have never played before. "Billy Strayhorn was my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head, my brain waves in his head and his in mine." (Duke Ellington, Music is My Mistress 156). Duke Ellington's orchestra recorded the album "And His Mother Called Him Bill" immediately after the death of Billy Strayhorn. It is a sincere tribute to Ellington's best friend, the man with whom Ellington had shaped the world of jazz for more than three decades...

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