Presentation EN

« Few American musicians have had as much connection with France, and Paris in particular, as Duke Ellington. Appreciative of the respect and enthusiasm of an audience that he had discovered in 1933 and that he regularly met again, tireless inventor of beauty, Duke loved the beautiful, the charms of the City of Lights, good food and great French music, from Ravel to Django Reinhardt. His « alter ego », Billy Strayhorn, who also adored Paris. The fascination that France and Paris had on them, more than any other place in the world, was frequently manifested in their musical production. » – Claude Carrière


Paris, 28-29-30 april 2023

Since 1981, Ellingtonian experts from around the world have been meeting every year in order to exchange and share their knowledge about Duke Ellington’s work and life. The event will be organized for the first time in France by La Maison du Duke under the theme «Duke and the lights». On the program: conferences, round tables, cinema, visits, concerts…

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The speakers

Philippe Baudoin
Laurent Cugny
John Edward Hasse
Michael Kilpatrick
Steven Lasker
Anne Legrand
Marylin Lester
Laurent Lukic
Daniel Maximin
Laurent Mignard
Leïla Olivesi
David Palmquist
Jean-François Pitet
Nick Rossi
Carl Woideck
Ken Steiner


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