Please join host MERCEDES ELLINGTON
for a very special event at the world-famous Friar’s Club
Ellington, New York, and the Essence of Jazz
A Dynamic Talk with Surprising Images and Plenty of Music
Presented by Edward Green, Noted Composer and Jazz Scholar,
Professor at the Manhattan School of Music
JULY 31 from 6-8 pm – Friars Club
57 East 55th St., New York
Meet and Greet with Light Refreshments and Q/A
SUGGESTED DONATION: $25
Due to very limited capacity, and Friars Club protocols, please
RSVP BY JULY 21 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You must be pre-registered to be admitted.
Please remit your fully tax-deductible donation to
The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts, a 501(c)3 Nonprofit, at PayPal: Use email address email@example.com
Duke Ellington was America's greatest composer – his music is also
bound upwith the energy of New York City – its dynamic life and nightlife.
Ellington’s music embodies, with verve and high style, the very essence of jazz music.
With surprising visual images and classic recordings of Ellington music
including "Harlem Air Shaft," "Black and Tan Fantasy," "The Mooche"
and the band's theme, Billy Strayhorn's "Take the A Train" you’ll learn
why Duke Ellington demonstrated more than anyone else in
American music – with depth and honest joy –what reality truly is.
The presentation is based on Aesthetic Realism (founded by Eli Siegel in1941), a key
tenet of which is: "In reality opposites are one; art shows this.” In this context,
Dr. Green shows how Ellington’s music is gutsy, raw, earthy – but likewise subtle,
sophisticated, and filled with the keenest intellect. Ellington makes opposites one;
together we hear in his music freedom and order, passion and control,
adventure and security – opposites which every person hopes can be one in their life.