Elegant Ellington at Jazz at Lincoln Center
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Throughout his orchestra's half-century, Duke Ellington deployed the individuality of his players to infinitely creative ends, sustaining the operation on the proceeds from a series of hits that remain touchstones of the Great American Songbook. Singer-pianist-impresario Michael Feinstein, along with Grammy Award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling, rising star vocalist Brianna Thomas , multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, and music director Tedd Firth will interpret these works on a show that explores both Ellington's musical roots and the full flowering of his genius.