Ellington, Strayhorn & The Cotton Club
with Dr. Roberto Gonzalez and The Keith Saunders Trio

Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 7:30pm

The Cotton Club was the greatest of all speakeasies and starred, from 1927 to 1931, Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra. In 1938 the young Billy Strayhorn, a Dayton pianist, became Ellington’s assistant arranger and composer. Their collaboration resulted in thousands of published and recorded songs: “In A Sentimental Mood,” “Mood Indigo,” “Lush Life,” and “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” are some of the songs to be heard in this concert.

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