The music of Duke

Ellington

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Harmony In Harlem, based in South Cambridgeshire, is not a 'pick-up band' - it rehearses regularly. The result is an orchestra which knows how to swing, Ellington-style! The musical director, Michael Kilpatrick, has assembled an authentic repertoire evoking the Cotton Club days of Duke Ellington and his famous orchestra, featuring many rare composition as well as well-known Ellington classics Harmony In Harlem is a unique experience, whether for listening or dancing.

The orchestra formed in 2006, its first gig at the Quay Theatre, Sudbury, and since then has played other concerts, charitable events, weddings, lindy hop dances and corporate parties. Harmony In Harlem was requested to play for the 70th birthday of a Lord Justice of the Supreme Court, travelling to the BAFTA club in Piccadilly. >At the Ellington 2008 international conference in London the orchestra was joined on stage by three Ellington alumni: John Lamb, Buster Cooper and Art Baron.

In 2014 and 2015 the band ambitiously staged the Ellington/Strayhorn suite "Such Sweet Thunder" ahead of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations. Michael's transcriptions of the suite were also performed by NJYO, the GSKM Jazz Orchestra, and finally at the BBC Proms by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, in Auguat 2016.

The musicians that form Harmony In Harlem hail from across East Anglia. The current personnel is as follows:

Reeds

  • David Ellingham (as/ss)
  • Michael Haller (as)
  • Enrico Gobbato(ts/cl)
  • Andrew Goreing (ts)
  • Michael Kilpatrick (bs/as)

Trumpets

  • Simon Clark
  • Ondrej Cais
  • Sharon Doris
  • Chris Kirk

Trombones

  • Ian Hardy
  • Tom Breeze
  • Simon Fothergill

Rhythm

  • Jane Mayo (vocals)
  • Art Toper (pno)
  • James Marshall (db)
  • Les Cirkel (dr)

Vacancies/Enquiries

The personnel of the band may change from time to time. We always welcome enquiries from interested musicians, whether as potential new members or as deputies. Contact Michael Kilpatrick by telephone or e-mail.

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