A bunch of Ellington-related items have just come across my virtual desk:
The New Yorker has a long think-piece on Ellington (that I admit that I haven’t read yet).
Sophisticated Ladies has extended its run at Arena Stage to June 6th. (For those penny-pinchers, discount tickets have been available through Ticketplace and Goldstar.)
Lately I’ve been listening to John Pizzarelli’s new CD “Rockin’ in Rhythm: A Tribute to Duke Ellington.” It’s a jazzy collection that balances both well known Ellington numbers with lesser-known songs. Pizzarelli performs with his usual verve and charm and is joined by Kurt Elling and wife Jessica Molasky (soon to open in Signature’s The Sycamore Trees) on a Lambert, Hendricks & Ross-inspired version of Perdido.
Here are the tracks:
- In a Mellow Tone
- East St. Louis Toodle-oo/Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
- Satin Doll
- C Jam Blues
- In My Solitude
- Just Squeeze Me
- All Too Soon
- I’m Beginning To See The Light
- Love Scene
- I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good
- Cottontail/Rockin’ In Rhythm