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City Rhythm Orchestra: Satchmo and the Duke

Tickets: $25 / $20 for members.
Sun., September 28, 2008
September 28, 2008
7:00 pm

The 15-piece City Rhythm Orchestra returns to the Colonial to present “Satchmo and the Duke” – the music of jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Louis Armstrong’s amazing technical abilities, inventive improvisation, and personal exuberance came to define jazz itself.  He is clearly the father of this American classical music. The City Rhythm Orchestra’s first set will highlight classics from his 50 year career featuring band’s talented trumpet players. While “Satchmo” established jazz as a unique musical genre, Duke Ellington raised it to an art form. His innovative orchestrations, along with those of colleague Billy Strayhorn, separated his ensemble from the typical dance bands of the day. In set two, City Rhythm will demonstrate the Ellington sound by performing authentic transcriptions of his original arrangements. Don’t miss this exciting concert – a stirring tribute to the 20th Century’s most influential jazz artists.

One of the country’s finest big bands, bar none. The real deal – a high- flying, boldly swinging supergroup!  – Ken Micallef, Philadelphia Weekly

Before the concert, between 4:30 and 6:00pm, head down to The Columbia Bar and Grille for dinner and receive 15% off your bill (food only, from the dinner menu) when you present your concert ticket. Then, strollback to the Colonial for Satchmo & the Duke with the fabulous City Rhythm Orchestra at 7pm.

Tickets are $25, $20 for members, and can be purchased at the Colonial box office with cash only. Click here to purchase tickets online through Click & Pledge.