Saturday, 15 August 2009

Ellingtonia @ Budleigh

The stunning Ellingtonia are set to return to Budleigh Salterton in September, presenting a celebration of Duke Ellington's extraordinary music of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Those who saw the band at Budleigh's festival last year will know what to expect: classic songs and great swing tunes performed with great style and energy for a 21st century audience.

Formed in 2004, Ellingtonia are the only band in the Westcountry, and one of very few nationally, to specialize in this repertoire.

I'm Beginning to See The Light, It Don't Mean A Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing, Take the 'A' Train, Mood Indigo and Don't Get Around Much Anymore: the band's two-hour show features a stack of well-known songs, ranging from sophisticated ballads to driving dance numbers, from sultry blues to exotic instrumentals.

With a nine-piece line-up of top musicians, the band makes a big sound, performing with a real love of the music. The 'front line' features all the special sounds that Ellington loved to use: growling trumpet, warm romantic trombone, the singing voice of the alto sax and the deep, dark sound of the baritone. A driving rhythm section and the spellbinding voice of Annika Skoogh completes the picture.

In short - an evening of authentic and infectious music recalling the great days of the swing era in Harlem!

Ellingtonia are appearing at the Budleigh Salterton Games Club, Cricketfield Lane, EX9 6PA on Friday 4 September. Tickets, priced at £12.50, are available from the Tourist Information Centre (01395 445275). The show starts at 8pm.

For more information about Ellingtonia please see http://www.ellingtonia.co.uk/

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