Welcome to DESUK

A 78 rpm record label for Blue Light,
our Signature Tune's original issue
(recorded in 1938).

The Duke Ellington Society UK's (DESUK's) purpose is to further the study, appreciation and dissemination of the music of Edward Kennedy 'Duke' Ellington.

We hope that you will find plenty to interest you, and that you might like to subscribe to the Society.

Annual membership costs just £25 sterling and you will receive four magazines a year. Join online now.

AGM 2018

This year's AGM will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 4pm at the Eastside Jazz Cub of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire during their Ellington conference. 200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR.

At 6 o'clock in the same venue, a concert will take place by the Conservatoire's Ellington Orchestra.


The Conservatoire has opened booking for the 25th Duke Ellington International Study Group Conference in May. Among the presenters will be our own Frank Griffith.

In the Beginning, Duke: The Three-Day Ellington Summit
25-27 May 2018

Three-day ticket: £75
Friday: £30
Saturday: £35
Sunday: £15

Official Website

Book for all days at Eventbrite

Geoff Smith 1941-2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our Chairman, Geoff Smith. Geoff had been unwell for some time and died on March 26.

DESUK Mini-Conference 2017

On Saturday, April 29, internationally renowned historian Ken Steiner, from Seattle, and Ian Bradley, editor of our celebrated magazine Blue Light, from Bury, discoursed on the fabulous Duke Ellington and his Orchestra:

2:30 Ian Bradley - Duke Goes to College
3:15-4:30 Ken Steiner - Wild Throng Dances Madly.

Punch Tavern, 99 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1DE. We celebrated Duke's birth date.

Free admission.

DESUK-GSMD Annual Project 2017

This is the 12th consecutive year of DESUK's and the UK conferences' association with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Martin Hathaway. He lead the Guildhall Jazz Band in a performance of The Nutcracker Suite in an edition prepared by Michael Kilpatrick.

GSMD, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DT. Tuesday, May 2, 7:30pm.

Free admission. Details on the School's site

AGM and Jazz Party and GSMD Projects

Enjoy exploring our site, and if you have any queries please feel free to contact us.

We are proud to have the following Ellingtonian musicians as Honorary Members

Art Baron
John Lamb
Vincent Prudente
John Sanders

Our Eminent Members & Associates include

David Bradbury
Bjarne Busk Denmark
Digby Fairweather
Tony Faulkner
Jools Holland OBE
Julian Joseph
Nigel Kennedy
Steven Lasker USA
John Milner
Alun Morgan Australia
Lord David Steel of Aikwood
William E Timner Canada
Mike Westbrook OBE