Los Angles - The Hollywood Bowl commemorates two American music legends with a night of jazz tributes by the Duke Ellington’s Orchestra, featuring Brian McKnight and Kenton’s 100th, with special guest Tierney Sutton on August 8 at 8:00 p.m. This event honors two unique composers and big band leaders – Duke Ellington (1899-1974) and Stan Kenton (1911-1979).
The concert begins with the a musical celebration of Stan Kenton’s 100th birthday, featuring The Stan Centennial Orchestra, made up of 25 members, including Kenton veterans Bob Curnow and Peter Erskine. Grammy nominated vocalist Tierney Sutton joins the orchestra to pay homage to famed vocalists June Christy and Jean Turner, who garnered much success as singers with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Stan Kenton led an illustrious career as a band leader, pioneer of jazz music education, and constant innovator. Kenton was the last major jazz-band leader to emerge from the Big Band era of 1935-1945, and was one of only a handful of bands that survived when that era came to an end.
The second half of the concert features the Duke Ellington Orchestra with multi-platinum selling artists Brian McKnight as he sings the songs Ellington made classic. Though classified as a jazz artist, Duke Ellington referred to his music as “American Music.” Ellington composed over 3,000 songs during his lifetime, including Take the “A” Train, It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) & Mood Indigo. His career spanned over five decades and included international tours with his orchestra, scoring a number of movies, and composing stage musicals.
The concert takes place on Wednesday, August 8 at 8:00 p.m. at the Hollywood Bowl, located at 2301 N. Highland Ave in the Hollywood Hills. For more information visit www.HollywoodBowl.com.