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Duke Ellington Fall Jazz Workshops

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Mondays, October 2–December 11
Youth ensemble (ages 14–18): 3:30–5:30 p.m. | Adult ensemble: 6–8 p.m. Cost: $250

Rehearse and perform the music of Duke Ellington and His Orchestra with lead sheets, solos and arrangements transcribed by the director, Wayne Roberts.

Workshops will cover jazz improvisation, sight reading, practical music theory and harmony, stylistic analysis and interpretation, listening sessions, and jazz history.

Explore Duke’s 50-year career which includes compositions by Billy Strayhorn, Mercer Ellington, Juan Tizol, Johnny Hodges, Barney Bigard, and more.

Improvisational skills are not required.


After All
Big Shoe
Black & Tan Fantasy Black Beauty Bli-Blip
Blood Count
Boy Meets Horn Cafe Au Lait Caravan
Chelsea Bridge Cottontail
Creole Love Call
Day Dream
Don’t You Know I Care Dual Highway
East St. Louis Toodle-Oo Echoes of Harlem Everything But You
Flower Is a Lovesome Thing I Let a Song Go
Out of My Heart Harlem Speaks
It Don’t Mean a Thing Jack the Bear
Jeep Is Jumpin’ Jeep’s Blues
Mood Indigo
My Little Brown Book Perdido
Prelude to a Kiss Purple Gazelle Saratoga Swing
Self Portrait (of the Bean) Snibor
Stompy Jones
Swing Baby Swing Things Ain’t What
​They Used to Be Tonight I Shall Sleep Wanderlust 

Directors Bio

After 30 years in NYC, Wayne Roberts now resides in Western Massachusetts. He is currently a visiting Lecturer and bass professor at West eld State University. In 2015, Wayne was a member of the faculty for “Jazz in July” at UMass Amherst.

In 1977, Wayne attended the New England Conservatory receiving a Bachelor Degree and in 1980, the Juilliard School where he received his Masters Degree.

Among the most notable musicians Wayne has worked with are Kirk Lightsey, Hal Galper, Howard Alden, Vic Juris, Warren Vache, Billy Childs, Atilla Zoller, Chuck Wayne and Jaki Byard.

From 1992-96, he spent much of his time touring in Europe and lived in Berlin, working as sideman and leader and bassist for Hungarian guitarist, Fenenc Snetberger.

In 1998, he formed the Onyx Club Sextet which featured the music of the John Kirby Sextet (1937-43) which gained him international acclaim.