Duke Ellington : Life & Legacy

OSH 268 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English
Locations: TBD
Instructor: Brian Murphy


Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:45 pm

Course Description

Duke Ellington is considered by many to be one of America's most brilliant jazz composers of the twentieth century. Ellington's classics include "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Mood Indigo," and "I Let a Song Get Out of My Heart." Ellington's legacy is that he remains one of the greatest talents in all of jazz, a remarkable feat considering the history of jazz is packed with legendary names. His influence over musicians is as important today as it was during Ellington's time. 

Week 1

A Biographical Timeline

Week 2

Artists Influenced By Duke - Clark Terry, Ben Webster, Paul Gonsalves, Johnny Hodges

Week 3

Duke Ellington Music Analysis. Background in depth study of Duke's compositions.

Week 4

Duke's Music "It Don't Mean a Thing", "Mood Indigo" , "Sophisticated Lady"

Week 5

Sacred Concerts

Week 6

Essentially Ellington is one of the most innovative jazz education events in the world.

Mr. Brian Murphy is a pianist, composer, clinician, instructor and arranger who has recorded and performed extensively in U.S., Canada, and around the world. Brian has collaborated with the great Tito Puente on a number of award-winning albums. He has conducted workshops on improvisation and has received grants. He has guided Honors Jazz Ensembles in the development of their music related skills: ear training, sight reading and interpretation, chord & inversion recognition, the importance of playing in tune and keeping steady time, how to listen and communicate within an ensemble, the conversational element of improvisation, trading 2, 4 and 8 measure phrases.  He was in 2008 New World School of the Arts (Miami) Adjunct Professor for Advanced Jazz Ensemble.

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