With a unique repertoire from the greatest jazz composer/bandleader in history, Duke Ellington, Harmony In Harlem can provide an inspiring selection of music from the raw sounds of the jungle to vibrant foot-tapping swing, from the darkest lament to the lavishly romantic. 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. The orchestra has staged ambitious works such as the Ellington/Strayhorn suite "Such Sweet Thunder" ahead of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations, and The Nutcracker Suite, an Ellington/Strayhorn take on the Tchaivoksky Christmas favourite.

Harmony In Harlem can perform across Anglia, central England or the London area. The orchestra puts on regular concerts in Cambridge, Harlow and elsewhere in the East of England. Previous private engagements from dances for the Cambridge Lindy Hoppers to a private party at the request of a Lord Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.


To book the Harmony In Harlem orchestra or to make any enquiries, please contact Michael Kilpatrick using the form provided or telephone 01223 833062.


Harmony In Harlem performed at the Plaisterers' Hall for the wedding of a senior Lord Justice, who wrote: "We thought that the band was fantastic - our guests loved it and at least one said it was the best music they have ever heard at a function - I certainly thought so!"

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


David Ellingham (as/ss), Michael Haller (as/cl)
David Carter (ts/cl), Andrew Goreing (ts)
Michael Kilpatrick (bs/as/cl/b.cl)


David Southern, Ondrej Cais, Mark, Huttlestone, James Good


Simon Fothergill, Alan Collier, Rebecca Collier


Jane Mayo (vocals), Art Toper (pno)
James Marshall (db), Rob Watson (dr)


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.