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Arts / Entertainment

Jazz Classics Duke Ellington Concert Oct. 5

October 1, 2010

The Tuesday, Oct. 5 concert by Jazz Ensemble I and II will showcase classics written by the iconic bandleader, Duke Ellington. Ellington's band was comprised of individuals who were considered the best in jazz in their own right -- he composed music specifically for the style and skills of those individuals. Audiences will be treated to thrilling performances of these big band numbers on Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 5.

Duke Ellington (1943). CSU's Jazz ensembles will play the music of the famous bandleader in an Oct. 5 concert. Ellington wrote his first composition, Soda Fountain Rag, when he was fifteen-years-old and working as a soda jerk.

Tuesday, Oct. 5
7:30 p.m.
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts

Fans of classic big band music must not miss this joyful and swinging annual concert. Jazz Ensemble I, under the direction of Peter Sommer, plays a program highlighting the music of one of America’s greatest composers and big band leaders, Duke Ellington.

The concert also features Jazz Ensemble II, under the direction of Wil Swindler

Hear why Ellington’s music not only defines swing, but is one of the foundations upon which all big band music is built.


  • $7/CSU students
  • $1/youth (2 – 17)
  • $12/adult

Purchase tickets.

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603