Music of Ellington fundraiser June 8

“Duke Ellington and the Harlem Renaissance” by Nanette Perrotte will be presented June 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Meeting House.

A Berklee College of Music graduate who studied jazz composition, Perrotte has performed throughout New England. A master’s degree from Lesley College in Boston and years of teaching music have helped her develop a unique way of enlivening jazz history at the piano with her own voice.

Reared by two musical, middle-class parents, Duke Ellington turned down a scholarship to Pratt Institute to launch his professional career at the age of 17, playing piano in Broadway nightclubs, composing popular tunes, and helping to originate the Big Band sound. The house band at Harlem’s exclusive Cotton Club from 1927-30, Edward Kennedy Ellington, debonair, well-mannered and well-spoken, and his musicians performed for an entirely white clientele. His illustrious career spanned more than a half century with literally thousands of compositions, earning him 12 Grammys and countless other awards.

Tickets are $10 and available at the Francestown Village Store or at the door.

This event is a fundraiser for the George Holmes Bixby Memorial Library and the Old Meeting House.

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