The Coastal Jazz Association of Savannah will present its Annual Tribute to Duke Ellington on Sunday, April 25th at 5:00 p.m. in the Armstrong Atlantic State University “Fine Arts Auditorium.” .
This event will be celebrating the legacy left by one of America’s greatest musicians/composers for what would have been his 111th birthday (born April 29, 1899). This will be CJA’s 24th year playing tribute to Mr. Ellington.
The “guest artist” which is a feature of this annual event, will be Multi Instrumentalist, Longineu Parsons. Mr. Parsons has been hailed by critics as one of the world’s finest trumpet players. He is also a master of recorders, flute, percussion, and sings. His music crosses genres and defies classification.
It’s jazz, it’s funk, it’s blues, it’s classic, it’s urban, it’s world fusion, but most of all, it’s all good. He has performed in some thirty countries in North, South and Central America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. His audiences have included such dignitaries as the King of Morocco, the President of Gabon, the Royal Family of the Netherlands, the President of Austria, the U.S. Ambassador to France, and the Royal Family of Monaco.
Over his 25-year career, Longineu has shared the stage and recording studio with Cab Calloway, Nat Adderley, Cecil Taylor, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Herbie Mann, Frank Foster, Mal Waldron, Philly Joe Jones, Archie Shepp, Sun Ra, Sam Rivers, David Murray and many others.
Those attending the concert will also enjoy the vocals of Priscilla Albergottie-Williams, who is the Savannah Jazz Orchestra’s featured vocalist.
Ms. Albergottie- Williams has performed both church and secular music in superb equilibrium. She has performed with trombonist, Teddy Adams, for years and was the featured vocalist with the Savannah Jazz Orchestra. She can be heard on SJO: live recording “Satin Doll” –featuring the music of Duke Ellington and Johnny Mercer.
The concert is free and open to the public and is presented by The Coastal Jazz Association of Savannah through a generous grant from the City of Savannah.
Because of the tremendous contributions that Stubby Mitchell and Isadore Karpf have made to jazz in the Coastal Empire, this concert is dedicated to them. CJA graciously acknowledges their generous contributions and unending support of the arts in Savannah.