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Celebrating the 100th birthday of Billy Strayhorn:
Ed Neumeister, Pao Records and Universal Music Group release Suite Ellington, celebrating the 100th birthday of Billy Strayhorn, November 29th 2015.
The Suite Ellington project began in 1999 to celebrate the 100th birthday of Duke Ellington. 2015 marks the 100th birthday of Billy Strayhorn (November 29th) and the release of Ed’s latest album, Suite Ellington. Featuring: Billy Drewes (clarinet and alto sax, Jim Rotondi (trumpet), Jeff Ballard (drums), Peter Herbert (bass) and the late great Austrian pianist Fritz Pauer, whom the CD is dedicated.
Included are lesser known pieces from some of Duke’s and Billy Strayhorn’s extended Suites, including the complete Queens Suite (1959), DEPK from the Far East Suite (1966) Come Sunday from Black Brown & Beige (1958) and the Juan Tizol classic Caravan (1936). All arranged by Ed for sextet.
Have an exclusive pre-release listen here.CD Release concert and tour celebrating the 100th birthday of Billy Strayhorn
The European album release date November 29th 2015 (Strayhorn’s 100th birthday) will be celebrated at the famed Porgy & Bess club in Vienna, Austria, where Ed will perform an expanded version of the CD together with the Budapest Jazz Orchestra. A follow up concert is scheduled December 4th in Budapest. The CD will be officially released in the US in Spring 2016. It will be available on all the digital platforms at the end of November.
For spring 2016 several tour venues for Big Band and Sextet are in the planning stages.Read Ed's Newsletter