Welcome to The Duke Ellington Society (TDES, Inc.)
The Duke Ellington Society (TDES, Inc.) celebrates the life, music and rich legacy of composer, bandleader, and pianist Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington – one of the most important figures in the history of American music. Duke Ellington is a giant of 20th century music and his influence reaches into every area of American musical life. The New York Times called him “America’s greatest composer,” and his music exemplifies the description he gave to those who excel—“beyond category.” He has been the most important foundation for modern American music.
TDES seeks to further an appreciation and understanding of Ellington’s music among all people. TDES members are fans, musicians, researchers, scholars, writers – anyone who has an interest in Duke Ellington and his long-time collaborator, composer, arranger and orchestrator, Billy Strayhorn.
We sadly report Fred Staton's recent death, confirmed by
his grandson, Richard Staton.
Many members of TDES know Fred from his membership in the Harlem Blues and Jazz Orchestra, where he could be seen playing his saxophone at our events with the vigor of a man half his age. Fred will be long-remembered as we celebrate a life so well-lived, his love of the music and the spirit that kept him energetic and still playing almost to the very end. You can read more about the remarkable life of Fred Staton here and here.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017
Jazz Genealogy - Tracking the Ellington Orchestra on the Web
Susan Olsen, Director of Historical Resources at The Woodlawn Cemetery, where Duke Ellington and some members of the DEO rest.
COME FOR A MEET AND GREET AT 7 PM MEETING BEGINS AT 7:30 PM
The Duke Ellington Society’s monthly meetings, are the perfect place to discover the timeless genius of Duke Ellington and enjoy his extraordinary legacy among like-minded friends. Our meetings are held monthly, from September to June, at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church, New York City.
“The more I’ve studied him, the more in awe I am of his genius, his perseverance,
his charm, his wit, his intelligence, his ability to create beauty and give great
pleasure to people.” Dr. John Edward Hasse, Curator of American Music, National
Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Ellington scholar
“At least one day out of the year all
musicians should just put their instruments down
and give thanks to Duke Ellington.”
Jazz legend Miles Davis