Essentially Ellington

A free program for high school jazz bands, Essentially Ellington aims to elevate musicianship, broaden perspectives and inspire performance.

News & Updates

Welcome to the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program (EE)!

In celebration of Essentially Ellington’s 20th anniversary, the 2014-15 season will feature seven new transcriptions of the music of Duke Ellington. Membership will re-open in the fall, but until then, the program repertoire is as follows:

Bourbon Street Jingling Jollies (from New Orleans Suite)
Composed and arranged by Duke Ellington

Brasilliance
Composed and arranged by Duke Ellington

Chelsea Bridge
Composed and arranged by Billy Strayhorn

Cotton Club Stomp
Composed by Duke Ellington/Johnny Hodges/Harry Carney
Arranged by Duke Ellington

Memphis Blues
Composed by W.C. Handy
Arranged by Duke Ellington

The Tattooed Bride
Composed and arranged by Duke Ellington

Total Jazz (from Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald)
Composed and arranged by Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn