Duke Ellington http://www.kplu.org en The Duke Meets The Bard — Part 2 http://www.kplu.org/post/duke-meets-bard-part-2 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Duke Ellington's Such Sweet Thunder (1957) was inspired by and dedicated to the Stratford, Ontario Shakespeare Festival. This suite of musical portraits of Shakespearean characters ranks among his finest work.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and the Seattle Shakespeare Company teamed up in February to present the first known performance of Ellington's music combined with related scenes from Shakespeare's plays.</p><p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Jim Wilke 14915 at http://www.kplu.org The Duke Meets The Bard — Part 2 The Duke Meets The Bard In 'Such Sweet Thunder' http://www.kplu.org/post/duke-meets-bard-such-sweet-thunder <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1957, Duke Ellington completed and presented "Such Sweet Thunder" in concert for the first time. Working with Billy </span>Strayhorn<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Duke Ellington composed a suite of musical portraits of characters from Shakespeare's plays; Hamlet, Lady </span>MacBeth<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Caesar, Cleopatra, Henry V, </span>Iago<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and others.&nbsp;</span></p><p>In two unique performances last month, The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra was joined by actors from the Seattle Shakespeare Company to perform the Ellington suite with related excerpts from Shakespeare's plays.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Jim Wilke 14568 at http://www.kplu.org The Duke Meets The Bard In 'Such Sweet Thunder' Christmas jazz on KPLU http://www.kplu.org/post/christmas-jazz-kplu <p>If you are looking for some jazz in holiday style to get your hands on, you might want to consider these Christmas jazz albums I&#39;ve listed on <a href="http://groovenotes.org/">Groove Notes</a>. Some might be more of a challenge to track down than others.</p> Thu, 23 Dec 2010 18:04:57 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 426 at http://www.kplu.org Christmas jazz on KPLU