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The Girls in the Band



David L. Abell Memorial Concert & Salon



Monday, April 29

A Celebration Honoring the Music of Ellingtonia and the Many Contributions of Duke Ellington, 20th-Century Master
Schoenberg Hall, Schoenberg Music Building
Lecture, panel and concert are free (see details below)


This special event honors the late Duke Ellington and the body of work known as “Ellingtonia” on what would have been the composer, pianist and big-band leader’s 104th birthday. It also celebrates 35 years of the UCLA course “Ellingtonia,” the first regular college course on Ellington in the United States and the world, created and taught by professor Kenny Burrell.


The concert will feature performances by the Ellingtonia Orchestra, directed by Kenny Burrell; the UCLA Jazz Orchestra, directed by Charley Harrison; the UCLA LatinJazz Big Band, directed by Dr. Bobby Rodriguez; and special guest artists John Clayton (bass), Jeff Clayton (sax), Ernie Andrews (vocals) and Chester Whitmore (dance).

Schedule of the day’s events:

1:30–2:30 p.m.
Lecture by Kenny Burrell, UCLA distinguished professor of music and musicology

3–4:30 p.m.
Panel discussion with special musical artists and scholars

5–6:30 p.m.

7 p.m.

This event is presented by the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, the Friends of Jazz at UCLA, the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology.

Due to space limitations for the 7 p.m. concert, seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Free tickets will be issued beginning at 6 p.m. To purchase tickets for the reception, hosted by the Friends of Jazz at UCLA, please contact

Tad Hershorn (Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies), author of Norman Granz: The Man who Used Jazz for Justice, explores a slice of jazz history through Granz’s career and how he used jazz to combat racial prejudice. The afternoon features rare footage including the iconic short film “Jammin’ the Blues,” clips of Jazz at the Philharmonic, Ella Fitzgerald, Art Tatum and Clark Terry, and interviews with Norman. Please join in this swinging, jamming journey with Tad.

This event is free of charge – – donations are always gratefully accepted.

Seating is limited; reservations are essential.
Please RSVP to:
Please visit:

KJazz FM 88.1

Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA

Parking available in Structure 4 (enter UCLA campus from Sunset Blvd. onto Westwood)


The salon will feature Downbeat and Jazz Times award winner KENNY BARRON, who has been honored with a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award and nominated for nine Grammy awards. Jazz Weekly calls him, “The most lyrical piano player of our time.” He will perform two sets of music and engage in a dialogue with virtuoso pianist Eric Reed and the audience.

Preferred Seating: $45 (includes a post-concert reception)
General Admission: $25
Students: $10

Phone orders: 310-825-2101, Central Ticket Office (CTO), Mon – Fri from 10 am – 4 pm

In person: The CTO windows are open Mon – Fri, 10 am – 4 pm and are located in the James West Alumni Center, just east of Pauley Pavilion and next to Parking Structure #6.

Online: Go to (look under the “Special Events” tab) or (Note: Online ticket purchases will be charged a Ticketmaster processing fee.)


Kenny Burrell: 80 Years Young!

featuring special guests, B.B. King,
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lalo Schifrin and more
Sat, Nov 12, 2011
Royce Hall

VIP Pre-Concert Dinner
All-Star Concert

5:00 PM
7:00 PM

Champaign Reception to follow

For six decades, Kenny Burrell’s name has been synonymous with jazz guitar. And as the founder and director of UCLA’s Jazz Studies program, his name on campus is legendary. This special event celebrates the incredible life and career of this influential performer, composer, bandleader and producer in a one-night-only, all-star event featuring tribute performances from blues legend B.B. King (who cites Burrell as his “favorite guitarist”), multi-Grammy-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, pianist Lalo Schifrin and others.

We hope you will join us for this electrifying night of music and stories highlighting his illustrious career.  Your gift gets you up-close with jazz legends at Royce Hall, where you will enjoy brilliant jazz, touching stories and delicious food. And when you become a Sponsor, the celebration continues throughout the year, as you’ll be invited as a VIP guest to the Friends of Jazz at UCLA 2011-2012 Concert Series, which brings some of the hottest jazz musicians to Southern California.

Monday, June 20, 2011: Legendary Jazz Pianist Cedar Walton 
Fowler Museum at UCLA, Lenart Auditorium

The salon featured CEDAR WALTON, one of the leading post bop pianists and composers. Walter performed a solo set and a 2nd set with Tony Dumas (bass). He also engaged in a dialogue with Mike Melvoin and the audience.


Friends of Jazz’s “Great Day in LA” | 2008



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