The Independent newspaper published a two-page article by CCI lecturer Dr Harvey G. Cohen this week, on 13 November: an account of Duke Ellington’s first tour of Britain in 1933, and how it changed Ellington’s career and American musical history. The story was trailed on the cover of the paper, and the web version includes ten photos tracing Ellington’s career from the 1920s to the 1970s.
The article precedes Harvey’s second appearance in consecutive years on a panel at the London Jazz festival, on 17 November at 6pm. This time he will focus on the music and career of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, in discussion with fellow guests at the Purcell Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank. There will be musical examples as well as conversation, and the event is free of charge. After the panel the Alan Barnes’ Octet will play a (ticketed) concert featuring Ellington’s music. More information here.
Harvey’s appearance at last year’s London Jazz Festival was also reported on this blog.