Kirkland Performance Center presents...

Duke Ellington’s “Reminiscing in Tempo”

  • Sunday, June 19, 2022 2:00 PM
  • Adult: $50.00

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Description

Join Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra on Sunday, June 19 at 2:00 pm as they celebrate Duke Ellington’s historic 1935 masterwork, plus other famous pieces from the period.

Ellington composed “Reminiscing in Tempo” during the summer of 1935 as a heart-felt response to the death of his beloved mother, Daisy Ellington, in May of that year. The piece was a breakthrough work for Ellington and is often regarded as the most ambitious jazz composition to be created up to that time, requiring all four sides of two 78-rpm records. Our performance of Reminiscing is made possible by SRJO co-artistic director Michael Brockman’s careful note-for-note transcription of the unpublished Ellington score from the original 1935 vintage recording. Other jazz classics from Ellington and his peers will be featured, and SRJO brings back its popular tradition of inviting “rising star” seniors from award-winning high school band programs to join us on stage to strut their stuff! Award-winning vocalist (and SRJO audience favorite) Jacqueline Tabor joins us as well, performing some great hits from this golden era of jazz. You don’t want to miss any of this season finale!

If you can’t attend the concert in-person, livestream tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Health Policy

Seating is limited for this show. Every other row is already blocked off as well as seats between each party.

Please only choose seats that match the amount of your party. For parties 4+ or for ADA seating, please contact us at either info@srjo.org or 206-523-6159.

We reserve the right to move your seats for social distancing.

For KPC’s Full Health & Safety policy, click here.

About SRJO

SRJO is the Northwest’s premier big band jazz ensemble. Founded in 1995, the 17-piece big band is made up of the most prominent jazz soloists and band leaders in the greater Seattle area.

​The SRJO is co-directed by drummer Clarence Acox, nationally recognized director of bands at Seattle’s Garfield High School, and saxophonist/arranger Michael Brockman, long-time faculty member at the University of Washington School of Music.

The SRJO’s extensive and growing repertoire is drawn from the 100-year history of jazz, from turn-of-the-20th century ragtime to turn-of-the-21st century avant-garde. This includes works by America’s most famous jazz composers, among them Fletcher Henderson, Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones, and of course, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. In addition, the SRJO’s repertoire grows each year as the ensemble adds previously unpublished works to its library.

Recovering jazz classics for performance by the ensemble is accomplished by co-director Michael Brockman, our region’s outstanding practitioner of the art of transcribing lost-to-print composition and arrangement, note for note, from vintage recordings.

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