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The Newport Jazz Festival: The 1950s


Pete Long’s Echoes of Ellington
Georgina Jackson
Anita O’Day
Iain Mackenzie
Frank Sinatra
Thomas ‘Spats’ Langham
Bing Crosby
Enrico Tomasso
Louis Armstrong

The music of Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Dizzy Gillespie and more in this celebration of 60 years of Newport. The concert will feature Pete Long’s Echoes of Ellington Orchestra recreating Duke’s legendary Ellington 1956 appearance (described by George Wein, Newport’s founder as ‘the greatest performance of Ellington’s career; it stood for everything that jazz had been and could be’). This was the year Ellington’s sax star Paul Gonsalves cut loose on Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue and in 27 choruses drove the crowd into a wild frenzy.

We’ll also be performing music from the 1959 movie Jazz On A Summer’s Day (Anita O’Day, Sonny Stitt, George Shearing and Louis Armstrong) plus selections from the Newport set 1956 movie High Society (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, I Love You Samantha) – not strictly jazz but joyous music worthy of inclusion in this tribute night.

A 60th anniversary celebration presented by the EFG London Jazz Festival and The Jazz Repertory Company.

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival 2014

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