Day School: Music Appreciation; Mood Indigo The Jazz Classics of Duke Ellington
From his early days in the 1920's to the last Sacred Concerts, we will explore the dynamic and fertile mind of the Duke with recordings and visual extracts.
Additional information about this course
*Reading courses bookable from 1st July 2016* This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver. However, for Reading Branch courses students on an Income Related Benefit will be eligible for a 50% fee reduction only. PLEASE PHONE to enrol if you are on an Income Related Benefit as you cannot enrol online via the WEA website.
This Day Course will give a full picture of Duke Ellington's career and the variety of his achievements.
Who is the course for?
What topics will this course cover
Small groups, the Ellington Orchestra from his jazz standards to the longer Suites and the Duke as pianist. We will watch archive footage of some of the Ellington members in Concert.
What will it be like?
WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.
By the end of the course I should be able to:
1. Develop a wider sense of Duke Ellington's achievements. 2. Extend your knowledge of the Duke's repertoire. 3. Evaluate how successful his longer pieces or Suites are.
How will I know I'm making progress?
During the Day, this will have to be by asking questions and informal discussions in breaks.
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
No materials are required.
Reading and information sources
Music is my mistress. Duke Ellington OR Reminiscing in Tempo- A Portrait of Duke Ellington. Stuart Nicholson.
What could the course lead to?
Live jazz performances and any CDs of the Ellington Orchestra. Watch the films of PARIS BLUES and ANATOMY OF A MURDER which feature scores by Duke Ellington.