Emelin Theatre presents The Duke Ellington Center Big Band; Mercedes Ellington, Artistic Director and Eli Yamin, Musical Director
The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts Big Band was formed in 2010 as the “house band” of The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts (DECFA). The DECFA Big Band brings the music of Duke Ellington to new generations of music lovers, keeping the Ellington traditions alive, while finding new ways to innovate and keep the music relevant for modern audiences.
The original Duke Ellington Orchestra Personnel ranged from six to 18 musicians, and offshoots of trios, quartets, quintets and sextets often played and recorded. The band played for dancing, gave concerts, and featured singers and dancers during its long, 50-year history.
The DECFA Big Band offers the range and versatility of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, which took many forms from its inception in the early 1920s to Duke’s death in 1974. The DECFA Big Band is led by Duke’s granddaughter, Mercedes Ellington, with Music Direction by such luminaries as Frank Owens, J. Leonard Oxley, Eli Yamin, Eugene Gwowdz and Victor Goines. It features an incredible roster of musicians, vocalists, tappers, as well as ballroom master Michael Choi, and swing specialist Mickey Davidson.
The DECFA Big Band offers a truly vast and abundant repertoire – the ASCAP catalog of Ellington music lists about 3,000 individual tunes. The concerts and shows create for the DECFA Big Band are uniquely American, but also, in the spirit of Duke, appealingly universal – cutting across barriers to touch audiences of all kinds through the uplifting, unifying language of music.
The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts is committed to carrying Duke’s legacy into the 21st Century through performance and education initiatives.
“The Duke Ellington Center Big Band..is held together not by the wave of a baton, but by a collective passion for the music, the message and the ‘spirit’ of Duke Ellington…Duke lives on not only in the band’s music, but also in its message of tolerance and unity” – Time Out Dubai
ARTIST WEBSITE: http://decfa.org