“The word jazz means freedom of expression” Duke Ellington.
Inventive and enduring, Duke Ellington was one of the most important composers, bandleaders and pianists in the history of popular music. He penned more than a thousand songs for the stage,
screen and recording studio. The Far East Suite – his 1967 Grammy Award winning release – was his musical response to his tour through Syria, Jordan, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey and Japan – with his arrangements describing the awe, exhilaration and enchantment the band felt from this life-changing experience. Using the standard big band instrumentation he weaved in themes and motifs that painted a picture of lands far away, capturing the imagination of jazz audiences, musicians and travellers alike.
Taking inspiration from Ellington’s ambitious project, Steve Sedergreen has embarked on a quest to rework The Far East Suite for Stonnington Jazz. With a nod to the adventurous traveller, Sedergreen sets Ellington’s work in 2018, uniting more than 14 musicians to recreate the work and take it on a new journey through Australia, Papua New Guinea, Gambia and to a new-age India and Japan. Don’t miss this spectacular performance, which conveys universal themes of love happiness, sadness and wonder in a fun, reflective and heartfelt fashion – in the spirit of the Duke.
Kora: Amadou Suso
Shamisen: Noriko Tadano
Sitar and Vocals: Parvyn Singh
Vocals: The Black Sistaz
Didgeridoo: Ron Murray
Baritone & Tenor Saxophones: Paul Williamson
Alto Saxophone: Lachlan Davidson
Trumpet: Gianni Marinucci
Trombone: Dave Palmer
Double Bass: Frank Di Sario
Drums: Michael Jordan
Music Director/Piano: Steve Sedergreen