I haven’t gotten around to mentioning it yet, but the New Jersey Performing Arts Center has asked me to “curate” a concert called “Portrait of Duke” that will take place three weeks after the publication of Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington. (Nice timing, huh?)
Here’s how the NJPAC website describes the event, which is scheduled for November 9:
A celebration of the music and life of Duke Ellington, featuring Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks performing classic Ellington arrangements with guests to be announced. Curated by Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout, author of the forthcoming Ellington biography Duke. The afternoon will include rare films of Ellington and a panel discussion on his historical legacy.
The concert is still in the planning stages, but I promise that we’ll give you a good show.
For more information, go here.