American music legend inspires new band

Tivyside Advertiser: Duke Ellington (2948128) Duke Ellington (2948128)

FOR a cool Christmas evening, the jazz obsessives at SpanJazz have conspired to bring a very special new group, the Dukes and the Duchess, to The Dingle Club, Narberth, on Wednesday ,December 18.

The aim of the Dukes and the Duchess is to create an original sound using the wonderful melodies of Duke Ellington. The nine-piece line up is one that Ellington used for his “little big band sound”. Most of the arrangements are penned by saxophonist and chief arranger Robert Marks who, like Ellington, writes for the individual musicians in the band.

The band, under the leadership of Jim Luxton, features the outstanding voice of Sarah Benbow and some of the most experienced jazz musicians in Wales. Inspired by some of the most classic jazz melodies and arrangements of all time, this talented nine-piece soar with experience and skill.

The composer Gunther Schuller wrote of Ellington in 1989: “Music was indeed his mistress; it was his total life and his commitment to it was incomparable and unalterable. In jazz he was a giant among giants. And in twentieth century music, he may yet one day be recognized as one of the half-dozen greatest masters of our time.”

Price is £7, or £6 for Span Arts members and concessions and the show begins at 8pm.

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