Duke Ellington Legacy – Single Petal of a Rose

The sounds of the legendary Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington continue with Single Petal of a Rose (Renma Recordings, 2012), by the Duke Ellington Legacy with special guest Houston Person. This mid-size ensemble revisits several of the songs that were written either by Ellington or his band member, Billy Strayhorn. One selection was penned by Legacy pianist Norman Simmons.

This is much of a family affair. Grandson Edward Kennedy Ellington II is the guitarist and leader of the Legacy. His sister, Gaye Ellington, created the cover art, which is also offered to the public in a limited edition reproduction. Proceeds of sales benefit the works of the Ellington Legacy Foundation. For details, visit www.shoreprintllc.com.

In addition to Ellington II and Simmons, the band is comprised of tenor saxophonists Houston Person and Virginia Mayhew, trumpeter Jami Dauber, trombonist Noah Bless, bassist Tom DiCarlo, drummer Paul Wells, percussionist Sheila Earley and vocalist Nancy Reed.

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