Introduction by the Duke Ellington Society of Sweden
Founded in September 2009, the « Maison du Duke » (Duke’s place in Paris) is dedicated to Duke Ellington’s legacy. It brings together enthusiasts and the public about values carry meaning for the world to reinvent itself. The association is represented by Claude Carriere (chairman), Philippe Baudoin (honorary chairman), Isabelle Marquis, Laurent Mignard, Bernard Villiers, Claudette de San Isidoro, Jean François Pitet, Jean-Claude Alexandre, François Desbrosses, Francis Capeau, Denis Salleron, Jean-Baptiste Maugars, Rosette Van Meir, Leila Olivesi, Antoine Chaudron …
The Duke Ellington for the Arts has laid the foundations for an international partnership with the French « ducal triptych: La Maison Du Duke (Duke’s place in Paris), Laurent Mignard Duke Orchestra and the Provins Duke Festival.
Ellington loved Paris and spent much time there. So did Billy Strayhorn, Ellington’s collaborator and friend. In turn, the French loved Duke. So, it’s only natural that a collaboration between our organizations should be formed. Each has a strong and dedicated desire to preserve and further the legacy of Duke Ellington to a global audience through performance and education.
To commemorate the alliance, honorary designations have been awarded in a gesture of friendship across the seas.
Honorary vice-presidents of La Maison du Duke
Honorary vice-presidents of The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts
The first part of this ongoing partnership was the participation of Mercedes Ellington in the annual Provins Duke Jazz Festival – September 2014, 23 to 27. This appearance was followed by Ms. Ellington’s participation in a Duke Ellington Sacred Concert presentation in Paris by the Laurent Mignard Duke Orchestra on October 1, 2014. Watch video – DVD trailer
LA MAISON DU DUKE
« Duke’s Place in Paris »
5bis cité du midi 75018 Paris – France