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Charleston Jazz Orchestra will recreate the notable night Ellington's career was revitalized at Freedom Park.

By the mid-1950s, Big Bands found themselves in a changing world as Bebop took center stage. Even the Duke Ellington Orchestra, who had creatively dominated the jazz scene from the late 1920s - 1940s, found itself struggling until the historic gig at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival. With an electrifying performance, the crowd at Freedom Park was transformed and Ellington's career was revitalized. Sixty-four years later, your Charleston Jazz Orchestra will recreate that notable night in jazz history, one that festival producer George Wein proclaimed as "the greatest performance of Ellington's career" and one that "stood for everything jazz had been and could be."

There will be a 5 pm and 8 pm show. Tickets range from $25-$62. Students are $10 and there is a senior citizen discount (65+).

February 15, 2020

Charleston Music Hall
37 John Street
Charleston, SC 29403

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