28 Dec 2018 - All Ellington - BIMHUIS Amsterdam

All Ellington

Famous and less well-known compositions by pianist and band leader Duke Ellington are revitalized by a contemporary orchestra full of improvising master musicians.

Duke Ellington – his music is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for musicians of all styles and generations. That same goes for All Ellington, a tentet featuring musicians from the flourishing Amsterdam improv scene who are ‘excellent melodists and magnificent sound blenders’, according to founding member Eric Boeren. They tackle Ellington arrangements by various band members.

In All Ellington, respect for the original compositions goes hand in hand with individuality and inventiveness, much in the spirit of Ellington’s orchestra back in the day. The expanding All Ellington repertory contains big hits as well as lesser-known gems.

‘All Ellington captures the essence of strong jazz and improv and makes it tangible. Jazz is experiencing wonderful times and it is great to see that The Netherlands are making a valuable contribution to the international scene’ (de Volkskrant, from a review of All Ellington at North Sea Jazz Festival).

Jodi Gilbert vocals, Mo van der Does alto sax/clarinet, Natalio Sued tenor sax/clarinet, Giuseppe Doronzo bariton sax /basklarinet, Eric Boeren cornet, Jimmy Sernesky trumpet, Joost Buis trombone, Oscar Jan Hoogland piano, Wilbert de Joode bass, Frank Rosaly drums