Ellington 2023 – Duke and the Lights (Podcast #23-003)


Since 1981, Ellington experts from around the world have been meeting every year in order to exchange and share their knowledge about Duke Ellington’s work and life. After the US, England, Canada, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands, La Maison du Duke welcomes for the first time in France the international symposium dedicated to one of the greatest creators of the 20th century.

27/28/29 avril – DUKE AND THE LIGHTS

A red thread articulated around Paris (City of Light regularly visited by the great orchestra of Duke Ellington) and Enlightenment thinkers whose Duke values are surprisingly close. For three days, the meeting offers an XXL program, with conferences, round tables and show cases. The best international experts guide us to the heart of Duke Ellington’s work and values in its relations with France. Program here.

Free access to conferences and showcases by reservation, within the limit of availability. Book your tickets here


Friday 28 april, 8:15 pmCINEMA & PRESENTATION – Around the film Paris BluesCinéma l’Entrepôt, 7 rue Francis de Pressensé 75014 Paris – Tickets here

  • Projection of the film Paris Blues by Martin Ritt (music composed by Duke Ellington)
  • Presentation by Laurent Cugny, with Michele Corcella

Saturday 29 april, 8:30 pmCONCERT – Laurent Mignard DUKE ORCHESTRALe Bal Blomet, 33 Rue Blomet 75015 Paris – Tickets here

  • The Duke Orchestra led by Laurent Mignard celebrates its 20th anniversary in an historical venue (Le Bal Blomet – former Black Ball of the roaring twenties)
  • World premiere of the music of Boola, Ellington’s unfinished opera, based on unpublished scores unearthed from the archives of the Smithsonian Institution by Michael Kilpatrick (live comments)
  • Ellington French Touch, the influence of France in Duke’s work

Sunday 30 april, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pmCONCERT – Duke For Kids, Leila OlivesiSunset Jazz Club, 60 rue des Lombards 75001 Paris – Tickets here

Sunday 30 april, 9:00 pmCONCERT – New release and Jam SessionSunset Jazz Club, 60 rue des Lombards 75001 Paris – Tickets here

  • Live presentation of the album « Duke and Billy’s New Colors ». Julie Saury, Bruno Rousselet and Fred Couderc, eminent members of the Laurent Mignard Duke Orchestra for 20 years, present an alternative look at the ellingtonian repertoire, full of love and gratitude to the Duke and his partner Billy. Label : Juste une Trace – collection « Ellington Consequences » 
  • Jam Session 

Support and information : +33 6 11 78 91 02 – meeting@maisonduduke.com


The “Maison du Duke” (Duke’s place in Paris) lives for and by its members. In order to share Duke’s values of excellence and humanism, we invite you to join us or renew your membership. In addition to exclusive services on our website, we’ll be delighted to give you access to our Ellington’s unreleased CD collection. Join here …

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