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These events address some of the features and procedures of jazz (the relationship between composition and improvisation, swing, voice, blues) through the reconstruction, albeit synthetic, of the artistic experience of one of the most important musicians of the twentieth century: Duke Ellington. They will focus on a number of important aspects of Ellington’s music, from the relationship between African and European music to styles, from jungle to the instrumental use of the voice. Ellington’s main phases and compositions will be examined, from Cotton Club (“The Mooche”, “C Jam Blues”) to songs (“Come Sunday”, “Sophisticated Lady”) and the orchestral suites (“Such Sweet Thunder”) up to his last Sacred Concerts (“Heaven”, “Almighty God”). Also these events are part of the workshop held at the Istituto Santa Lucia.