Jim Wilke informs us that his weekend Jazz Northwest presentation will be a program of music that Duke Ellington was inspired more than sixty years ago to begin adding to the world’s canon of liturgical music . Here is Jim’s announcement, which includes a link to KNKX and the broadcasts:
The 30th annual presentation of the Sacred Music of Duke Ellington took place on December 28, 2018 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle before a capacity audience. Featuring vocal soloists Stephen Newby (pictured left) and Nichol Veneé Eskrdge (pictured right), the Northwest Chamber Chorus and the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra conducted by Michael Brockman, Ellington’s rich score filled every corner of the great cathedral. The concert was recorded for radio and Part 1 will be broadcast on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, January 13 at 2 PM Pacific time on 88.5 KNKX, and simulcast worldwide on knkx.org. Part 2 will air on the same program on February 3.Duke Ellington composed music for three Sacred Music concerts late in his life, premiering in 1965, 1967 and 1973. The music was performed in great cathedrals in San Francisco, New York, London and elsewhere. New music was mixed with a few Ellington classics in appropriate new arrangements to make up the suites. This Seattle performance draws from all three suites.
SRJO Ellington Sacred Concert at St. Marks Cathedral(Photos: Jim Levitt)