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Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music

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I have an upcoming concert here in Vancouver performing the sacred music of Duke Ellington. This is one of the biggest jazz concerts I have ever done, involving a 17 piece big band, 2 solo singers, a choir and a tap dancer. In order to enhance the concert experience for the audience staging is being added, along with a large television screen capturing the various performers. Last year was the first time we performed this music and there were close to a 1,000 people attending the concert at Saint Andrew’s Wesley Church on Burrard Street.

Of course a concert of this size needs considerable help to make it all happen. To celebrate an anniversary, raise awareness and, most importantly, to raise funds, The First United Church joined with us in this presentation.

This years concert is on Friday, November 19th, 8 PM at St.  Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, Vancouver. Tickets available by calling Natalie Lanoville at 604-681-8365 – ext: 104 or purchase online. For more information click here

This years featured performers:

Fred Stride Jazz Orchestra
Fred Stride, Conductor
Jens Christiansen, Lead Alto Saxophone/Clarinet
Aaron Hardie, Alto Saxophone/Clarinet
Bill Runge, Tenor Saxophone
Mike Braverman, Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet
Chad Makela, Baritone Saxophone
Derry Byrne, Lead Trumpet
Kent Wallace, Trumpet
Chris Davis, Trumpet
Tom Shorthouse, Trumpet
Dennis Esson, Lead Trombone
Rod Murray, Trombone
Jeremy Berkman, Trombone
Ross Taggart, Piano
Andre Lachance, Bass
Bernie Arai, Drums

Singers - Dee Daniels and Marcus Mosely
The Sacred Music Gospel Choir
Alex Dugdale - Tap dancer

I sincerely hope you will be able to join us for an evening of great music and to help the First United Church with their great cause.

Below is a little blurb from some of the promotional material.

The first time I heard Duke Ellington on record in the late 1960s I realized this was something different. Seeing him perform on his last 2 visits to Vancouver in the early 1970s was equally enthralling. His piano playing, his grace moving about the stage, his introductions to his music, hearing the wonderful performers in his band play his music was an unforgettable experience. Throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s I played in many rehearsal and professional bands and it was always a wonderfully rewarding experience when one of Dukes original scores or a new arrangement of one his standards was called. His music seemed to be timeless to me. It also seemed to draw out the best in the players around me, encouraging, if not demanding, us all to play out and to express ourselves in a manner that was a deeper than many musical experiences.

Having performed several of his big works - The Tattooed Bride, Harlem: A Tone Parallel, Such Sweet Thunder, The Far East Suite, Black Brown and Beige as well as countless performances of his smaller works, it is a natural progression for me to his last big important works - The Sacred Concerts. In Duke’s Sacred Music his deep spiritualness fused with his musical imagination is simply irresistible to those of us that have long admired his music.     Fred Stride

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