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 in the UK (£35 outside the UK) and you will receive four magazines a year. Join online now.

AGM 2019

Our 2019 AGM will take place at the Civil Service Club in London on Saturday, April 27. 1-4:30pm.

Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HJ. Embankment Tube Station, Charing Cross or Waterloo Mainline stations and many buses! Map

After the formal meeting, Roger Boyes will present on "Duke and Mingus".

DESUK-GSMD Annual Project 2019

The 14th annual DESUK concert to feature the students of the Guildhall School of Music will take place in late April or early May 2019. Silk Street, Barbican, EC2Y 8DT. Curated by Michael Kilpatrick.

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