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Our 5oth Anniversary celebration of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert kicks off with a series of special events you won’t want to miss!


Duke Ellington Films & Lecture
November 3, 2016 – 7:00 pm
FREE at The Nash

The 50th Anniversary kicks off at The Nash with a special evening of history and music. This special event will include a fascinating lecture presented by ASU’s professor of Musicology and Music History, Dr. Christopher Wells, who will discuss Duke Ellington and his impact on American music. No Festival Required will screen three Duke Ellington shorts: “Symphony in Black” (1935, 9 minutes), “Bundle of Blues” (1933, 9 minutes) and “Black and Tan Fantasy” (1929, 19 minutes).

NOVEMBER 3, 2016 – 7:00 pm Thursday
The Nash I 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix

This program made possible with support from Arizona Humanities, The Nash, No Festival Required, and Phoenix Chorale.


 Join us for First Friday at Trinity Cathedral with an evening of music and art!
All events are FREE and open to the public.

FIRST FRIDAY, November 4, 2016
FREE at Trinity Cathedral

6:00 pm – OLNEY ART GALLERY Opening Night

The paintings of local favorite Bob Martin and the prints and paintings of emerging artist Louis Giordano combine for a show filled with people and places.

6:00 pm – LECTURE: Exploring the 1966 Duke Ellington Concert at Trinity

Duke Ellington’s original concert in Trinity Cathedral in 1966 serves as a catalyst to examine the life and times of Trinity Cathedral and Phoenix in the 1960s in this lecture by ASU doctoral candidate and Phoenix Chorale singer Ryan Downey.

7:00 pm – CONCERT: Jazz pianist Charles Lewis plays Duke Ellington

Energetic, creative, and unforgettable… all words that describe jazz pianist and Phoenix legend Charles Lewis. Lewis performs a special solo concert of Ellington’s music in the Cathedral.

These programs are made possible in part with support from AZ Humanities, Trinity Cathedral, Music at Trinity, Olney Art Gallery, and Phoenix Chorale.


FIRST FRIDAY, November 4, 2016

7:30 pm – CONCERT: Will Goble Quartet plays Ellington at The Nash

Jazz bassist Will Goble and his all-star quartet play the music of Duke Ellington all night at The Nash. Featuring Alan Acosta on alto sax, Mike Kocour on piano, Will Goble on bass, and Dom Moio on drums, this free concert is part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Duke Ellington’s historic “Sacred Concert” in Phoenix in 1966.

NOVEMBER 5, 2016 – 7:30 pm Friday
The Nash I 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix

This program made possible with support from the Phoenix Chorale and The Nash.


TJI Ellington Big Band
November 9 – 7:00 pm
at The Nash

The Nash is proud to present the Tucson Jazz Institute’s Ellington Big Band as part of the festivities surrounding the 50th Anniversary of Duke Ellington’s historic “Sacred Concert” in Phoenix.

The Tucson Jazz Institute’s Ellington Big Band has been recognized by Downbeat Magazine as “the top community jazz ensemble in the nation.” Composed of high school students from the Tucson area, the Band has won top positions in competitions from coast to coast, including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in NYC and The Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey CA.

NOVEMBER 9, 2016 – 7:00 pm Wednesday
The Nash I 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
Tickets are $20 Adults and $10 Students.


This performance is presented by The Nash and made possible with support from Phoenix Chorale.


Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert
November 12-13, 2016

Remarkably, back in 1966 jazz legend Duke Ellington arrived in downtown Phoenix with his big band where they performed his concert of “sacred music” with the Trinity Cathedral Choir. Now exactly 50 years later, we recreate this momentous event for its historic anniversary. Joined by the 16-piece MCC PAC Jazz Ensemble, this spectacular concert features pieces from Ellington’s ground-breaking program of sacred masterworks.

NOVEMBER 12, 2016 I 3:00 pm Saturday- CENTRAL PHOENIX
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral I 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix

NOVEMBER 12, 2016 I 7:30 pm Saturday – CENTRAL PHOENIX
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral I 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix

NOVEMBER 13, 2016 I 3:00 pm Sunday – EAST VALLEY
Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center I 1520 S. Longmore, Mesa


This performance is presented by Phoenix Chorale.