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The Duke Ellington Orchestra, now led by grandson Paul Mercer Ellington, which continues to entertain a worldwide audience while gaining international acclaim. In 2007, The Duke Ellington Orchestra traveled over four continents to play and promote the music of Duke Ellington. The Orchestra was the featured Performer at the prestigious Tokyo Jazz Festival and the…

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The Duke Ellington Orchestra, now led by grandson Paul Mercer Ellington, which continues to entertain a worldwide audience while gaining international acclaim.

In 2007, The Duke Ellington Orchestra traveled over four continents to play and promote the music of Duke Ellington. The Orchestra was the featured Performer at the prestigious Tokyo Jazz Festival and the Cape May Jazz Festival (one of the longest running jazz festivals in the United States).

In 2008, the Duke Ellington Orchestra again travelled throughout the world including two tours in Japan, Puerto Rico, and a six-week United States West Coast tour. The orchestra performed at the world famous jazz clubs Jazz Alley in Seattle, Blues Alley in Washington DC, Billboard Clubs in Japan, Blue Note New York and Nagoya. The year also included a return to the Cotton Club Tokyo and the closing day performance at the prestigious Heineken Jazz Festival.

In 2009, the Duke Ellington Orchestra returned to Japan and performed with the Colorado Symphony and the Austin Symphony. The Orchestra completed a Far East tour that included Taiwan and its first ever performances in China. In May, they recorded its first studio recording in over thirty years.

The Orchestra had an excellent year in 2010 as well. There was a European tour–including seven performances in eight Russian cities, and performances in Finland, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Romania, and Bucharest. They returned to Japan and China with a featured performance at the prestigious Beijing Jazz Festival. The Duke Ellington Orchestra also played with the Indianapolis Symphony and the Utah Symphony.

In 2011, the Orchestra conducted a three week tour of Japan and a two week tour of Europe (Greece, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, and Portugal. The orchestra was featured in the Macau International Music Festival and the Gold Key Jazz Festival in Myrtle Beach, CA. Orchestral performances will include dates with The Buffalo Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, and the Ft. Worth Symphony.

In 2012, the orchestra will perform at the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl, and embark on tours in Europe and Japan.

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