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Annual Duke Ellington Birthday Bash

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7:00pm

Beall Concert Hall
961 East 18th Avenue, Eugene, OR

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Part of the UO’s April 2014 celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month! 

Tickets are available at the door or in advance from the UO Ticket Office, 541-346-4363.

Eugene radio host and UO jazz historian and performer Carl Woideck assembles an all-star tribute concert featuring faculty and students in the UO’s Jazz Studies Program to celebrate the birthdate of music icon Duke Ellington. The concert will include numerous Ellington standards and favorites, performed by faculty members and students.

With more than 3000 songs composed during his lifetime—including favorites such as "It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing," "Sophisticated Lady," and "Mood Indigo," Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington is often cited as America’s most prolific composer, as well as one of its most beloved.

As both a composer and as a bandleader, Ellington’s influence on jazz and pop music continues to this day. During his storied career, Ellington was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, along with 13 individual Grammy Awards.

Event Type

Arts & Culture, Music


School of Music and Dance

Target Audience

All Students, Faculty/Staff, General Public



$7 general admission, $5 students and seniors


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