Thursday, April 29th (Ellington's 111th Birthday) is Ellington Education Day at the American Jazz Museum's Blue Room starting with a 10:00 am panel session with Dan Morgenstern (moderator), Barrie Hall, Clark Terry and KC legend Alaadeen. The Blue Room is located in Kansas City's Jazz District at 18th & Vine. On Friday, April 30th, the 2:00pm panel session will be The Genius of Duke Ellington: Goin' to Graduate School A Players Perspective. Panelists include NEA Jazz Master Clark Terry, NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern, Barrie Hall, and Alaadeen. Greg Carroll, American Jazz Museum Chief Executive Officer will moderate.
The Ellington Alumni All-Stars open rehearsal with Barrie Hall, Clark Terry and Alaadeen is set for 4:00pm Friday at the Gem Theater, 1615 East 18th Street, Kansas City.
The culmination of the 2 day celebration will be the presentation of the American Jazz Museum's Lifetime Achievement Award to Clark Terry and Alaadeen at an 8:00pm Ellington Tribute Concert at the Gem Theater. The concert, will feature Clark Terry and Alaadeen with the Ellington All-Star Big Band. Also performing will be the American Jazz Museum Student All-Star Band and selected high school big bands.
For ticket prices and info, call 816.474.6262 or visit americanjazzmuseum.org.