Tickets: $30 - $40 - $60
The Sacred Sunday Band and Gospel Choir led by Musical Director Anthony Evans performs Sacred Sunday, The Gospel According to Ellington in the second of a monthly performance series celebrating the music of the jazz great Duke Ellington. Joining them are guest vocalist Jeannine Otis and tap dancer DeWitt Fleming. Doors open at 5pm.
The Duke Ellington performance series at Birdland is hosted and presented by Mercedes Ellington, Artistic Director/Founder of the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts, Inc. and Tony Waag, Artistic Director of The American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF). “Tap and jazz are undeniably attached at the hip,” said Mr. Waag, who is curating the tap dance portion of the series. Duke Ellington was inducted into the ATDF International Tap Dance Hall of Fame in 2017.
In the last decade of his life, Duke Ellington wrote three Sacred Concerts:
1965 – A Concert of Sacred Music
1968 – Second Sacred Concert
1973 – Third Sacred Concert
Ellington called these concerts “the most important thing I have ever done.” He said many times that he was not trying to compose a “Mass” (liturgy). These concerts have been characterized as Ellington bringing the Cotton Club revue to the church.