Our Events

Tina May (voice), Frank Griffith (reeds) & Martin Litton (piano)

In tribute to Geoff Smith, on Friday, July 14, 2017, Tina, DESUK committee member Frank and Martin will mark the centenary year of Ella Fitzgerald's birth with a concert emphasising the songs of Ellington and Strayhorn.

6:30pm, Ray's Jazz @ Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DT, England.

Tickets £5.

DESUK AGM & Jazz Party 2017

Our AGM and "Mini-Conference" (Geoff Smith's idea) took place at the Punch Tavern at 99 Fleet Street in London on Saturday, April 29. EC4Y 1DE. We celebrated Duke's birth date.

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.

Free admission.

The AGM took place at 1pm.

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


We hold bi-monthly events in Central London, to which you and your friends are invited. Non-members are welcome.

Additionally, DESUK members in the capital have formed the London Jazz Society to put on the complementary bi-monthly events with less or no focus on Ellington, in between those of DESUK and at the same venue. These meetings are marked LJS below.

Everyone is welcome to attend the events, and attendance to both Societies' meetings is free to all, with retiring collections to defray expenses. We meet from 1.30 or so for a 2pm start.

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

Why not come Along? Civilized and relaxed atmosphere. Sandwiches provided, full lunch available. Bar, etc.

LJS ~ Saturday 14th January 2017 (1.30 for 2pm) ~ “January” ~ New year bring and share.

DESUK ~ Saturday 11th February 2017 (1.30 for 2pm) ~ “February” ~ February.

LJS ~ Saturday 11th March 2017 (1.30 for 2pm) ~ “Jazz Piano 1 & 2” ~ Antony Pepper plays highlights of the piano work of Fats Waller and Jelly Roll Morton.

DESUK ~ Tuesday 14th March 2017 (6.30 for 7pm) ~ “Jazz Piano 3 & 4” ~ March #2. In a special evening session, Antony Pepper will continue his examination of jazz piano with Earl Hines and Duke Ellington.

DESUK ~ Saturday 8th April 2017 (1.30 for 2pm) ~ “Duke Ellington” ~ AP will further examine Duke Ellington's piano playing.

LJS ~ Saturday 13th May 2017 (1.30 for 2pm) ~ “May” ~ May.

DESUK ~ Saturday 10th June 2017 (1.30 for 2pm) ~ “June” ~ June

LJS ~ Saturday 8th July 2017 (1.30 for 2pm) ~ “July” ~ July.

DESUK ~ Saturday 12th August 2017 (1.30 for 2pm) ~ “August” ~ August

LJS ~ Saturday 9th September 2017 (1.30 for 2pm) ~ “Bix Beiderbecke” ~ With Geoffrey Noden.

DESUK ~ Saturday 14th October 2017 (1.30 for 2pm) ~ “October” ~ October.

LJS ~ Saturday 4th November 2017 (1.30 for 2pm) ~ “November” ~ November. Please note date, which is 1st Saturday.

Both ~ Saturday 9th December 2017 (1.30 for 2pm) ~ “December” ~ December.