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Central Coast Jazz Tribute to Duke Ellington

In a tribute to music legend Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington,.Charlie and Sandi Shoemake, producers of the Famous Jazz Artist Series, will perform on vibes and vocals and be joined by Marshall Otwell on piano, Dylan Johnson on bass, and Paul Krybeck on drums.  Ellington was an American composer, pianist, and leader of his eponymous jazz orchestra from 1923 through the rest of his life.

     At the end of the 1930s, Ellington began a nearly 32-year collaboration with composer-arranger-pianist Billy Strayhorn whom he called his writing and arranging companion.  With Strayhorn, he composed multiple suites, as well as many short pieces.  For a few years at the beginning of Strayhorn’s involvement, Ellington’s orchestra featured bassist Jimmy Blanton and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster, and they achieved a musically creative peak. Some years later, following a low-profile period, an appearance by Ellington and his orchestra at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival led to a major revival and regular world tours.

      A single performance from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. will be held on Sunday, August 21, at the Harmony Café (824 Main Street).  Tickets are $25 each with a $10 food and beverage minimum. Reservations can be made by calling 805-935-9007 or via e-mail at: