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Music Matters: Jazz and Early American Music

Sunday, December 15, 2019 3:00PM

Music Matters: Jazz and Early American Music

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Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Duke Ellington Orchestra

Mark Gross

Family Concert Series Sponsors:
The Davisson Family Fund For Youth Music Education
Gail and Robert Sebring

With an engaging presentation, live musical performances, and crowd participation, your family will be excited to learn about jazz and hear examples of what made this music so special.

Through an interactive musical presentation, host Mark Gross and the Duke Ellington Orchestra will lead you through the sounds and evolution of jazz legend Duke Ellington. From “Take the A Train” to “It Don’t Mean a Thing If it ‘Aint Got That Swing” to “Satin Doll” and others, the Duke Ellington Orchestra will delight your family with the famous compositions of Duke Ellington.

Fun pre-concert arts and crafts, a musical petting zoo, and other activities will be held in the lobby at 2pm.

Mark Gross, who leads his namesake quartet, has been the Director of Jazz Instruction at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) since 2015. Gross is a dedicated and accomplished jazz saxophonist who has toured the world for over 25 years with leading jazz luminaries, such as Delfeayo Marsalis, Dave Holland, Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, James Moody and Regina Carter. Gross has recorded over 100 jazz recordings, including two that won GRAMMY® Awards with the Dave Holland Big Band.