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Jazz ensemble plays Ellington, March 3

The University Concert Jazz Ensemble and Swingtet will present the music of Duke Ellington in a concert titled “Never No Lament: Duke Ellington and the Blanton-Webster Band,” at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

The musicians, directed by Anthony D.J. Branker, will play such Ellington songs as "Jack the Bear," "Cottontail," "Ko-Ko," "Across the Track Blues," and "Harlem Air Shaft." The concert will focus on the period when legendary bassist Jimmy Blanton and tenor saxophone soloist Ben Webster played with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. The addition of Blanton and Webster to the orchestra is known as one of the most creative periods in Ellington's career.

Over the years, the award-winning University Concert Jazz Ensemble has dedicated itself to the performance of historically significant music of Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. The student performers have appeared in concert with such internationally renowned jazz artists as Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton and Jimmy Heath.

The University's jazz program, in partnership with the Princeton Public Library, received a 2006-07 "Looking At: Jazz, America's Art Form" grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in collaboration with the Jazz at Lincoln Center, the American Library Association and Re: New Media. The concert is an offering from this program.

Tickets are $5 for students and $15 for others, and may be purchased at the box office in Alexander Hall. They also are available online through University Ticketing or by calling (609) 258-5000.

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