A celebration of the Duke’s music sixty years after Duke Ellington met the Queen in Leeds on Saturday, October 18, 1958 as a result of which the Duke sent Her Majesty a copy of his composition “The Queens Suite”.
“Unknown Ellington” Greg Cohen double bass-Declan Forde piano
An intimate duo set featuring American bassist Greg Cohen and pianist Declan Forde. Cohen is a much-in-demand bass player and has collaborated with a range of musicians including Ornette Coleman, Tom Waits and Lou Reed. Declan is a pianist and composer, a graduate of Leeds College of Music, currently based in Berlin, and is a previous finalist of the Young Scottish Musician of The Year He regularly performs with the Far East Trio, James Banner's Eleven.
Alan Barnes and his “Ellingtonians”
The Ellington Celebration at the festival will be led by LCoM alumnus saxman Alan Barnes. His Ellingtonians include the cream of British jazz players - Alan on alto, clarinet and bass clarinet, Bruce Adams, trumpet; Mark Nightingale, trombone; tbc, clarinet and tenor; Andy Panayi, baritone, clarinet & flute; John Horler, piano; Mark Hodgson, bass Bobby Worth on drums.
7.00 “Unknown Ellington”-Greg Cohen and Declan Forde
8.30 Alan Barnes Ellingtonians