The Duke Ellington Society UK
"All for the love of Duke"
Acting Chairman: Mike Coates
Our AGM and "Mini-Conference" (Geoff Smith's idea) will take place at the Punch Tavern at 99 Fleet Street in London on Saturday, April 29. EC4Y 1DE. Come and celebrate Duke's birth date.
Internationally renowned historian Ken Steiner, from Seattle, and Ian Bradley, editor of our celebrated magazine Blue Light, from Bury, discourse on the fabulous Duke Ellington and his Orchestra:
2:30 Ian Bradley - Duke Goes
3:15-4:30 Ken Steiner - Wild Throng Dances Madly.
The AGM will take place at 1pm (members only, join on the day from 12:30).
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 will 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) ~ “September” ~ September.
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.